Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes

Pentecost 4B – June 17, 2018

“With what can we compare the kingdom of God…?” Mark 4:26-34 Tomorrow we begin one of the most wonderful weeks of the year at St. John’s – Vacation Bible School and Afternoon Adventures! We’ve been preparing for months – picking a theme, designing and constructing sets, planning crafts, games, music, stories, snacks and science projects, and gathering a staff of 50 adults…

Pentecost 3B – June 10, 2018

“When his family heard it, they went out to retrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’” Mark 3:21 Jesus “has gone out of his mind.” That’s what people said in our Gospel reading today according to the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Other translations put it differently. In the old King James, Jesus is…

Pentecost 2B – June 3, 2018

Then Jesus said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28 When I was a child there was only one store open on Sundays. It was a convenience store, part grocery, part hardware. You could buy a bag of charcoal, some three-penny nails…

Trinity Sunday B – May 27, 2018

Come, Join the Dance of Trinity, ELW 412 Trinity Sunday is the only Sunday in the church year devoted to a doctrine, which is a specific way of thinking about something. Thousands of books have been written about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Countless sermons have been preached trying to nail down the correct understanding of the Triune God of which…

Easter 7B – May 13, 2018

“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.” John 17:20 Six years ago, next Saturday, May 19th, Pastor Skyle Rea was ordained at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Folcroft, Delaware County. She asked me to serve as the preacher, a request I…

Easter 5B – April 29, 2018

Abide in me as I abide in you. John 15:4 Lately I have taken to calling St. John’s a “both/and” congregation. We’re both liberal and conservative, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, straight and gay, young and old and everyone in between, rich and quite poor, PhD’s and people who were not able to finish high school, white collar and blue, unemployed and corporate,…

Easter B – April 1, 2018

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” John 20:18 Our Greek and Russian Orthodox sisters and brothers have a wonderful tradition of telling jokes on Easter. Since it’s April Fool’s Day, I’ve decided to follow their lead with a couple of jokes, the first an old one from the Smothers Brothers. Three guys die and find…

Lent 5B – March 18, 2018

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:33 It was a Sunday morning in the Spring of 1976 just weeks before my graduation at Susquehanna University. Our Chaplain, Ed Brown, had made arrangements for the pre-theological students to have a preaching experience before heading off to seminary in the fall. So, I…

Lent 4B – March 11, 2018

“For God so loved the world…” John 3:16 Let’s begin with the snakes. When we meet Jesus today he is in the middle of a conversation with Nicodemus, a religious leader who visited him one night to ask “Who are you?” They proceed to have a conservation where Jesus is on one level and Nicodemus on another, never quite connecting. Maybe you’ve…

Lent 1B – February 18, 2018

“And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.” Mark 1: 12 Last Wednesday my day began with mixing the gray dust from burnt palms with a bit of olive oil to make a paste to be used to mark the sign of the cross on foreheads while saying: “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” For me,…

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