Audio recording of the sermon delivered Christmas Morning 2016
There are two mysteries of the faith hiding in plain sight within the name Christmas. Those who have been inducted into those mysteries and understand them will rarely be anywhere else on Christmas morning.
In this sermon, I speak about a time Jesus healed a man who was deaf and could not speak well. For people who knew the Old Testament book of Isaiah, this would have been a confirmation of Jesus’ preaching that the kingdom of God was at hand. But there is more to the story than that. It is part of a series of accounts in Mark’s Gospel that shows the breadth of Christ’s compassion.
This sermon was preached at Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton, Iowa. My thanks to their AV team recording the sermon.
Who is Jesus and who is worthy to receive him? Pastor Hinkle has answered these questions as he worked through Luke 7. In this short sermon, he reviews the answers and sets before us the powerful grace of the one who came to save sinners.
The Gospel lesson for the Second Sunday in Epiphany recounts how Jesus saved a wedding celebration by turning water into wine. This was one of the signs that convinced His disciples that He was the Christ, the Son of God. What signs has Christ given us and what can we learn about them from the wedding at Cana? Pastor Hinkle answers these questions in this sermon from January 17, 2016.
Some women in our congregation spent several months designing and constructing the banners pictured here.
A picture of our sanctuary showing the banners.
The banner on the left has symbols for each of the three persons of the Holy Trinity.
The open hand for the Father comes from Psalm 145:16, “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” The circle around the hand is a symbol of God’s eternal being, without beginning or end.
The use of a lamb to represent Christ dates to John the Baptist, who pointed Jesus out as “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He stands in front of a cross as a reminder that he had to die to take away our sin.
The Holy Spirit
The Spirit is represented by a dove because he took that form at Jesus’ baptism.
The banner on the right represents the Word and Sacraments. Through these means, God bestows and strengthens faith.
The Word of God
The Word of God is represented by an open book. The cross behind the book reminds us that the entire Bible speaks of Christ.
The shell with water dripping from it represents baptism, which is often done by pouring water over the one who is being baptized.
The Sacrament of the Altar
The cup, wafer, and stalk of wheat, represent the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. The cross on the wafer is a reminded that we receive Christ’s body and blood in the sacrament along with the bread (the stalk of wheat) and wine.
Thank you ladies for your hard work which has produced excellent results.