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Sermons by Rev. Jason Wahlstrom

September 19, 2021 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost “What Is Life Worth?”

FIRST READING          Jeremiah 11:18-20 Today’s reading tells of the suffering of the prophet Jeremiah, who announced God’s word to Judah but was met with intense opposition and persecution. Jeremiah continues to trust in God in the midst of his suffering. 18It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. 19But I was like…

September 12, 2021 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Messianic Secret”

FIRST READING            Isaiah 50:4-9a The image of the servant of the Lord is one of the notable motifs in the book of Isaiah. Today’s reading describes the mission of the servant, whom early Christians associated with Jesus. Like Jesus, the servant does not strike back at his detractors but trusts in God’s steadfast love. 4The Lord God has given me the tongue…

August 29, 2021 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Evil (and Good) Within”

FIRST READING             Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 The Israelites believed the law was a divine gift that provided guidelines for living out the covenant. Moses commands the people to obey the law and to neither add to nor subtract it from it. The Israelites are also to teach the law to their children and their children’s children. 1So now, Israel, give heed…

August 8, 2021 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost “From Spiritual to Physical”

FIRST READING                1st Kings 19:4-8 First Kings chapter 18 describes the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. The contest proves that the Lord is God, and afterward Elijah orders the killing of the Baal prophets. Angered by the deaths of her prophets, Queen Jezebel threatens to kill Elijah. This reading finds Elijah fleeing, fatigued, and in…

July 11, 2021 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost “Dead Men Tell Tales”

FIRST READING                  Amos 7:7-15 Amos is not the kind of prophet attached to temples or royal courts. Rather, he is an ordinary farmer from Judah (the southern kingdom) called by God to speak to Israel (the northern kingdom). God’s word of judgment through Amos conflicts with the king’s court prophet Amaziah, whom Amos encounters at Bethel. 7This is…

June 27, 2021 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost “The Trolley Problem”

FIRST READING          Lamentations 3:22-33 The book of Lamentations is one of our most important sources of information about the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 587 BCE. Though the people admit that God’s judgment was just, today’s reading declares a fervent trust that God will not leave them forever. 22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come…

June 20, 2021 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost “God is in the Chaos”

FIRST READING                   Job 38:1-11 1Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: 2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. 4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. 5Who determined its measurements—surely you know!…

May 23, 2021 Day of Pentecost “Beginnings”

FIRST READING        Acts 2:1-21 Originally Pentecost was a Jewish thanksgiving-type festival celebrated seven weeks after Passover. On this particular Pentecost, however, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the entire community of believers just as Jesus had promised and the scriptures had prophesied. Empowered by the Spirit, the entire community bears witness to God’s activity in multiple languages. 1When the…