Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes

Reformation 2017, October 29, 2017

..the righteousness of God has been disclosed….Romans 3:21 We recently received two special gifts at St. John’s. The first is a story in a letter from Father Joseph Heim, a retired Roman Catholic priest in residence at St. Anne’s. He wrote: “As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation I would like to share with you a story that a friend…

Pentecost 20A – October 22, 2017

“Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21 In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter: “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Both are what’s at stake in…

Pentecost 19A – October 15, 2017

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say Rejoice! Was Paul nuts? Or was he the forerunner of the late night talk show hosts who after reviewing the new horrors of the day – another hurricane brewing, tropical islands wiped out, Puerto Rico in ruins, fires still spreading in California….John and I visited those vineyards where we tasted good wine and…

Pentecost 17A – October 1, 2017

When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Before the Gospel reading: Before hearing the Gospel today it helps to know something of the “backstory.” On Sunday, Jesus and his disciples entered Jerusalem…

Pentecost 14A – September 17, 2017

Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you? Matthew 18: 33 Sometimes I think Jesus is a tad crazy. Forgive the same person, 77 times? Beyond that many scholars say the Greek here is really seventy times seven or 490 times. Forgive the same person 490 times? That’s a lifetime of forgiveness. What happened…

Pentecost 13A – September 3, 2017

“For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16: 25 What a week! Last weekend when we gathered to worship, Hurricane Harvey was pounding the eastern shore of Texas and we did not yet know the full implications of that terrible storm. And we still do…

Pentecost 12A – August 27, 2017

“But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15 Last Sunday at our Reformation 500 team meeting, a suggestion was made that we ask the question, “Why are you a Lutheran Christian?” and invite people to answer in 140 words or less. Answers will be published in the Circle, on our Facebook page and Website. Artistic responses are also welcomed. I…

Pentecost 11A – August 20, 2017

“… it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Matthew 15: 10 It’s been a week of hearing defiling things come out of mouths – words and phrases meant to intimidate and threaten; justification for the verbal and corresponding physical violence by those seeking political gain; and…

Pentecost 10A – August 13, 2017

…and after the fire, a sound of sheer silence. 1 Kings 19: 12 I want to begin by thanking you for my sabbatical – the last three months of rest and rejuvenation – for the policy that established it, the support that led to receiving the Lilly Foundation Clergy Renewal grant that financed it and for the prayers that sustained me and…

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