Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes (Page 2)

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…

Epiphany 5C – February 10, 2019

“When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me.” Psalm 138:3             Over my 38, almost 39 years of being a preacher, I have seldom focused upon the psalms, 150 of which make up the hymn book for the people of Israel.  Psalms were sung in the temple, accompanied by string instruments and drums.  They are poetic prayers which…

Epiphany 4C – February 3, 2019

But strive for the greater gifts.  And I will show you a still more excellent way.  1 Corinthians 12:31  In the 2005 movie, The Wedding Crashers, during one of the early scenes Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, who play best friends, are at a wedding ceremony when the pastor announces that the bride’s sister will now read scripture.  Owen says to…

Epiphany 2C, 2019 – January 20, 2019

They have no wine…. John 2:3             Something goes wrong at every wedding – no matter how meticulously planned, how much money is spent, how carefully every detail is attended to.  The veil’s forgotten in the hotel room making the bridal party late for the ceremony;  the ushers are hung-over from the night before; the limo driver shows up late; the flower…

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