Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes (Page 2)

Pentecost 15B – September 2, 2018

“Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” Mark 7:5 Every time I hear this Gospel from Mark, I am taken back 14 years to a large, airy church filled with people on a summer Sunday morning in the outskirts of Arusha, Tanzania, not far from Selian Lutheran Hospital. A group of…

Pentecost 14B – August 26, 2018

“Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6: 68 Last time I preached on July 29th there was a boy whose lunch of five barley loaves and two fish fed a crowd of 5,000 people in a cover-dish supper bonanza. A lot has happened since then and because in August so many of us are…

Pentecost 10B – July 29, 2018

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.” John 6:9 It’s the boy with his lunch that captures my attention today. While all four Gospels tell us about the feeding of the five thousand, only John introduces us to the lad with the five barley loaves and two fish. I imagine him to be ten or eleven,…

Pentecost 9B – July 22, 2018

The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. Mark 6: 30 Today’s Gospel is serendipitous – one of my favorite words which means a happy chance. In fact, the scripture texts for the past two weeks have also been serendipitous for by a happy chance they directly relate to the ministry of St. John’s. Know…

Pentecost 8B – July 15, 2018

“See I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel…” Amos 7:8 Here’s a plumb line…. It’s a length of a string with a weight on one end which is called the bob. Directed by gravity to the center of the earth, the plumb line becomes a true vertical line. This one is made out of brass which…

Pentecost 7B – July 8, 2018

“Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment….” Mark 6:8 Next Sunday morning, July 15th, at 5:30 am, 21 of our youth and adults will meet another group of youth and adults from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Devon in their parking lot. After loading up knap sacks and sleeping bags, praying for safe travel and…

Pentecost 6B – July 1, 2018

He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” Mark 5:41 We have seen this father’s face – a face so full of worry and distress that it seems as if it will break into a million pieces at the slightest bump. Some of us have caught sight of it in the mirror…

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…

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