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Sermons by Rev. Jason Wahlstrom

January 23, 2022 Third Sunday after Epiphany “Reinterpretation of Scripture”

FIRST READING                 Nehemiah 8-13,5-6,8-10 Near the end of Israel’s exile in Babylon, God promises to bring the people home. They need no longer be afraid, because the one who formed, created, and called them by name now redeems them from all their enemies. God declares them precious and honored, and God loves them. 1all the people gathered together into…

January 9, 2022 Baptism of Our Lord “Standing In Line With Jesus”

FIRST READING              Isaiah 43:1-7 Near the end of Israel’s exile in Babylon, God promises to bring the people home. They need no longer be afraid, because the one who formed, created, and called them by name now redeems them from all their enemies. God declares them precious and honored, and God loves them. 1But now thus says the Lord, he who…

December 19, 2021 Fourth Sunday in Advent “We Tried It Your Way”

FIRST READING             Micah 5:2-5a The prophet Micah, having pronounced judgment upon Judah, speaks of a future shepherd-king who, like David, will come from the small town of Bethlehem. (Ephrathah refers to the area around Bethlehem.) This king will restore Israel and bring peace. New Testament writers understood this passage to be referring to Jesus. 2But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,…

November 28, 2021 First Sunday in Advent “Holy Longing”

FIRST READING          Jeremiah 33:14-16 In the Old Testament, “righteousness” often has to do with being faithful in relationship. God acts righteously both in punishing Israel for its sin and in having mercy. In today’s reading, Jerusalem’s future name – “The LORD is our righteousness” – proclaims that God is even now working salvation for Israel. 14 The days are surely coming,…

November 14, 2021 Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost “Stay the Course”

FIRST READING         Daniel 12:1-3 The book of Daniel is an example of apocalyptic literature, which is full of strange visions and symbolism. Arising during times of great persecution, apocalyptic literature is concerned with God’s revelation about the end time and the coming kingdom of God, when God will vindicate the righteous who have been persecuted. 1“At that time Michael, the great prince,…

October 17, 2021 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost “Calling Shotgun”

FIRST READING             Isaiah 53:4-12 This reading is from the last of four passages in Isaiah that are often called “servant songs.” Christians are probably most familiar with this servant song. In light of Christian faith, the servant’s healing ministry and redemptive suffering are understood to be fulfilled in the life and death of Christ. 4Surely he has borne our infirmities and…

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…