Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes

All Saints – November 3, 2019

17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints,…

Reformation – October 27, 2019

For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law…. Romans 3: 28 Signe Gunkel, one of the older members of St. Bartholomew’s Lutheran Church in Trenton, asked me, “Pastor, why don’t we do Reformation Sunday up big like we did years ago?” “What do you mean?” She replied, “Well the Lutherans would fill the…

Pentecost 17C – October 6, 2019

“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’”… “Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us…” Luke 17:5; 2 Timothy 1:14 More faith!  Of course, the disciples want it, even need it.  Jesus asked them to give away their possessions, to leave their homes and families, to deal with demanding crowds, to…

Pentecost 15C – September 22, 2019

“And his master commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly…” Luke 16:8             It was September 1996, when I attended my first meeting with the Phoenixville Area Clergy Association. Father Jack Newns of St. Ann’s and Pastor Mindy McKonly at First Methodist were also new in town.  One of us asked, “What’s Phoenixville like?”  Father John Wiltz of St. Mary’s immediately…

Pentecost 14C – September 15, 2019

So, he told them this parable: “Which one of you….” Luke 15:1-10             It was the youth group trip from hell.  It didn’t begin that way.  In fact, I thought we were well organized:  Adults for the three small groups, directions from St. Bartholomew’s in Trenton to St. Paul’s in Jersey City where we would park the cars, take the subway into…

Pentecost 13C – September 1, 2019

When Jesus noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable…. Luke 14:7             The first time you walk into a cafeteria whether in elementary, middle or high school, in college, at work or even here in church, it can make you a tad anxious, especially when you scan the room and don’t recognize anyone.  Where to…

Pentecost 8C – August 4, 2019

“Take care!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”  Luke 12:15             The late comedian George Carlin was a master of social satire.  Using humor, exaggeration, mockery with a touch of profanity he gave insight and moral instruction all while making you laugh.  One of his monologues called, “A…

Pentecost 7C – July 28, 2019

…one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray…”  Luke 11:1-13             “Teach us to pray,” the disciples ask Jesus.  Teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.  Teach me to pray like everyone else in church who seem to know how, or else they’re faking it.  Give me words and courage to say them out-loud so when…

Pentecost 6C – July 21, 2019

“She had a sister….who sat at the Lord’s feet…” Luke 10:39             Last weekend in our Gospel we listened as a lawyer asked Jesus a question, and not just any question, but THE question: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Life that is rich and full, abundant and overflowing with grace, now and forever.  Jesus’ response was to ask the…

Pentecost 5C – July 14, 2019

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Luke 10:25             “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” the Lawyer asks Jesus in our Gospel today.  It is THE question – what must we do to have life that is rich and full, meaningful and wonderful, now and forever?  In one way or another, it is why we are here, why…

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