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Sermons by Rev. Jason Wahlstrom

August 7, 2022 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost “On Earth As It Is In Heaven”

FIRST READING                    Genesis 15:1-6 God promises childless and aging Abram that a child of his own will be his heir and that his descendents will number as many as the stars. Abram trusts God’s promise, and through this faith he is considered righteous. 1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not…

July 31, 2022 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost “Measuring Our Net Worth”

FIRST READING                              Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14; 2:18-23 The teacher of wisdom who wrote Ecclesiastes sees that working for mere accumulation of wealth turns life into an empty game, a “vanity of vanities.” Nevertheless, he asserts in the next verse, it is good to find enjoyment in one’s work because such enjoyment is a gift…

July 24, 2022 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost “Convincing God”

FIRST READING              Genesis 18:20-32 In today’s reading, Abraham undertakes the role of mediator between God and sinful humanity. Appealing to God’s justice, Abraham boldly asks for mercy for the city of Sodom for the sake of the few righteous people there, including Abraham’s nephew. 20Then the Lord said, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their…

June 26, 2022 Third Sunday after Pentecost “Family Values”

FIRST READING            1st Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 In the story preceding today’s reading, the prophet Elijah flees for his life to the security of God’s mountain. There God reveals to Elijah that there are still other faithful people in Israel and commissions him to anoint new leaders, including his own successor, Elisha. 15Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to…

June 12, 2022 The Holy Trinity “Finding Wisdom”

FIRST READING                      Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 In the Bible, wisdom is portrayed in terms sometimes human and sometimes divine. Often, wisdom is personified as feminine. In this passage, Woman Wisdom is depicted not only as the first creation of God, but also as God’s helper, rejoicing in God’s creation, especially in human beings. 1Does not wisdom call,…

April 24, 2022 Second Sunday of Easter “Figuring Out What’s Next”

FIRST READING            Acts 5:27-32 Peter has been arrested for proclaiming the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. His response to the charges of the high priest summarizes the early church’s proclamation of forgiveness of sin through repentance. 27When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28saying, “We gave you strict orders…