Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes

Palm/Passion Sunday C – April 14, 2019

            One hurricane and you volunteer, make a donation to Lutheran Disaster Relief and remember the victims in your prayers.  Two hurricanes, another LDR donation and prayers.  Three hurricanes, prayers and well you don’t much energy left for anything else.  It’s called compassion fatigue and in its extreme is characterized by physical and emotional exhaustion along with a decrease in the ability…

Lent 5C – April 7, 2019

Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair.  John 12:3 Even before Mary showed up with her jar of perfume, it was an embarrassingly awkward dinner party. The first line of the gospel gives us the backstory: “Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus,…

Lent 4C – March 31, 2019

            A man has two sons.  The younger asks for his share of inheritance – as the younger son it would have been 1/3 of the estate.  The father completely ignores the wisdom of the sages not to give another your property while you are still alive, and complies with his son’s request, who then goes off to a far country where…

Lent 3C – March 24, 2019

He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.” Luke 13:8 At that very time there were some present who told him about the 50 Muslims who were gun-down when they were worshiping in the Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.   There were some present who told him about the slaughter of…

Lent 2C – March 17, 2019

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  Psalm 27: 1             In the beginning of today’s Gospel when the Pharisee came to Jesus and said, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you” do you think they were trying to warn Jesus or fill him with fear?  Or perhaps both – because in an odd…

Lent 1C – March 10, 2019

“If….”             Did you notice the little two letter word “if” when the Gospel was read?  It shows up three times in twelve verses – a small preposition with the power to undermine God.  “If you are the Son of God”, “if you then” and again “if you are the Son of God.”  It’s a word that instills doubt, raises anxiety, which…

Ash Wednesday C – March 6, 2019

Remember you are dust…             “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”  We hear these words as the dust made from Palm Sunday’s branches are marked on our foreheads in the sign of the cross.  In the hearing we remember God reaching down into the dirt, the humus, the dust of the ground, shaping a human and breathed out…

Transfiguration C 2019 – March 3, 2019

“This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him.”  Luke 9:35 One of my “Pastor friends” was teaching the story of the transfiguration to a confirmation class. She worked hard to make it interesting – describing the long trek up the mountain, the vision, the cloud, the voice and when she finished, she asked, “So, what do you think?”  Silence.  Then one…

Epiphany 7C, 2019 – February 24, 2019

Do to others as you would have them do to you.  Luke 6:31             It was the fall of 1963.  At eight years old I’d been promoted to Miss Hanies’ Fourth grade class at Lincoln School. With her low, deep voice that meant business, she had an aura of authority about her.  School was no longer a time of playing and fooling…

Epiphany 6C – February 17, 2019

“Blessed are you who are poor…. But, woe to you who are rich…”              Today’s Gospel throws us into the wrestling ring whether we like it or not.  Know I tried not to take us there by focusing upon one of the other readings, only the sermon won’t arrive. It’s because Luke’s Gospel won’t let me and instead grabbed me by the…

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