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Twelfth Sunday after Trinity - August 14, 2016

The Lord Opens the Ears of the Deaf Through His Word
Twelfth Sunday after Trinity - August 14, 2016
Texts: Mark 7:31-37; 2nd Corinthians 3:4-11; Isaiah 29:17-24
Vicar Jonathan P. Jennings

In the name of Jesus!  Amen.

God’s word is powerful. Yesterday and the previous Saturday we saw His word bring together a man and a woman, making them into one flesh. It was His creating word that made the ground you walk on and the sun that shines upon your face. It’s His word that continues to sustain you, and gives you and everything life. It was the Word made flesh who speaks the healing word “Ephphatha” in our Gospel text who comes among us today and opens our ears.

Southeast of the Sea of Galilee is the region of the Decapolis. It was in this region where Jesus previously healed the demoniac (Mark 5:1-20), and after that, this man was going around proclaiming all Jesus had done for him (Mark 5:20). It would’ve been difficult for the individuals that brought the deaf-mute to Jesus not to have heard of the demoniac’s healing.

The man these individuals bring to Jesus is severally impaired (Mark 7:32). First, he is deaf. In other languages they would say ‘his ears are closed,’ ‘he has no ears,’ or ‘his ears are stone.’  This man’s ears were closed to the many things we take for granted today: birds singing, beautiful music, or the voice of a loved one. Second, this man was mute. This means he couldn’t speak and was unable to form words.

The text doesn’t tell us how he ended up this way. What we do know is people of that day were quite certain that an individual’s sin was the root of various ailments, such as blindness and deafness. It’s precisely why the disciples ask Jesus in the story of the man born blind, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents?” (John 9:2). Yet, it’s not that the deaf-mute man sinned or his parents (John 9:3), but it was a distant relative named Adam. This man and his wife sinned on account of a lie and subjected the whole creation to futility, under which it’s groaning to this day to be set free from its bondage to corruption (Roman 8:20-21). Things are no longer very good as God once declared (Gen. 1:31).


TEXTS: LUKE 18:9-14/GENESIS 4:1-15/EPHESIANS 2:1-10
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

To the saints at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center who are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Semitic words for “pray” can be used for both public worship and individual prayer.  The appointed times for people to go up for public worship and prayer was at dawn and at 3:00PM.  The worship and prayers at those hours centered in the atonement sacrifices which included the sacrifice of an unblemished lamb – the sound of trumpets and cymbals – the reading of a Psalm.  When the Priest went into the sanctuary to offer incense those present outside said their prayers.


 'Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. Today – 130 (30) or so of us went up to this house for public worship and prayer.  None of us are registered Pharisee’s.  None of us are professional tax collectors.  But, each and every one of us goes down to our house from worship and prayer either justified (exalted) – or not justified (humbled).

In normal temple practice even individual prayer was spoken aloud.  Pharisees often stood aside from others and so did this Pharisee as he prayed - ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  To his comparative moral graph he then adds two trump cards – I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.  Pious Pharisees fasted 12 times each year.  This was more than the law required.  His…I fast twice a week more than quadrupled that already heightened practice!  Old Testament tithes were from oil and grain and wine (with exceptions listed by the Mishnah). His - I give tithes of all that I get was went far beyond that and was seemingly sacrificial.  Self-discipline - self-striving - self-esteem were his.

Sermon for the 9th Sunday After Trinity

Being Shrewd with Possessions Comes rrom a Merciful Master
Ninth Sunday After Trinity - July 24th, 2016
Text: Luke 16:1-13; 1 Cor. 10:6-13; 2 Samuel 22:26-34
Vicar Jonathan P. Jennings

In the name of Jesus!  Amen.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, the parable from our gospel reading today is one that makes you scratch your head.  It’s not as easily understood as say the Parable of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin, or the Prodigal Son, all of which come prior to our text today.  Here, we see what appears to be at first glance, Jesus commending an individual for being a thief.  Ultimately, He’s not.  With parables it’s important to remember that the meaning is intended to be hidden.  “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that ‘they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven’” (Mark 4:11-12).

Parables are like codes that reveal the kingdom of God to believers.  They’re used to teach and catechize.  Take for example the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  Where the world primarily hears a story of how we should reach out to those in need, and while we should, Jesus ultimately intends for us to see how he’s the Good Samaritan.  He’s the one that has mercy and compassion on humanity.


As for our parable today, the world would say that Jesus wants us to be thieves and to steal from the rich.  Yet, that’s not correct.  God’s law reveals to us that we shall not steal.  To say that Jesus wants us to steal would be contrary to the law of God.  What this parable really showing us is that the Master has been wondrously merciful to us, even in our unrighteousness!  The mercy shown by Him is generous and freeing!  It’s so full that it even frees you to be shrewd with unrighteous possessions to extend His kingdom.


TEXT: LUKE 19:41-48; ROM. 9:30-10:4; JEREMIAH 8:4-12
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

To all those at Luther Memorial Chapel who are loved by God and called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Dear hearers of the Word made flesh:

With all its posturing about the greatest threats facing you the Democratic National Convention did not get it right.  With all of its posturing about the greatest threats against you, the Republican National Convention did not get it right.  It is not terror and border security, nor is it our climate and energy security.  It is not lack of money for education because some aren’t taxed enough nor is it not over-regulation and taxation by big government.  It is not threats against Christians nor is it threats against those who oppose Christianity.  These and others are issues in the world and in our nation at this time.  But they are of no comparison at all to the greatest threat against you.  As you seek to be a good citizen and sort through political confusion and corruption, do not be misled to think that earthly politics will change the deepest threat against you.  That threat is the same whoever the earthly ruler is.  Neither convention’s platform included this threat, but then no political platform ever has.  While human hearts constantly search for a secular Messiah, none will ever deal with what ultimately matters. 

What ultimately matters for every human being is that which makes God in the flesh weep!  The real and deepest threat to mankind is eternal death – lacking the peace God brings to this troubled earth in Jesus Christ.  That’s what He was bringing to fulfillment as these words were loudly raised to Him on Palm Sunday - Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest (Lk.19:38).  These words were fresh in his ears and When Jesus drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!  But now they are hidden from your eyes.  Dear Christian, Jesus sees your need as so much deeper than one election or even the existence of one country.  Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away (Mt. 24:35). 

Sermon for the 8th Sunday After Trinity, 17 July 2016

Sermon for the 8th Sunday After Trinity, 17 July 2016 (PDF)

Rev. Jason D. Lane




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