Pastor Carlson prepares and delivers a message at each worship service. Sermons are usually based on one of the Scripture readings for the day and connects with the season of the church year. The sermons on this page have been saved for viewing on YouTube.
Sunday, June 18, 2017 - "Grace Overflows" - Romans 5:15
Through one man (Adam) came sin and death. Through one God/Man (Jesus) comes forgiveness and eternal life.
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - Trinity Sunday
Rev. Dennis Morner, guest preacher
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - "Word and Spirit" - Acts 2: 1-4
We think of word as simply a means of communicating. The Bible presents the word as creating and becoming incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ. God's word is active and powerful.
Sunday, May 29, 2017 - "Living through Trials" - 1 Peter 4: 12-13
We all face difficulties/trials in life. Christians face even more, since they are actively engaged in a struggle with the Devil, the world, and their own sinful desires. Many people think that serving God makes life easier. It is actually the opposite. Most great accomplishments in life involve hardship. Maybe we are confused! Maybe the difficulties and trials are blessings and maybe easy path leads to the wrong place. Maybe we can do as St. Peter calls us to do and rejoice in the difficulties and trials that come our way, because our faith is growing stronger and we can see the cross and Christ's sufferings for us that much clearer.
Sunday, May 15, 2017 - "Spiritual House" - 1 Peter 2: 4-5
During the Easter season (seven Sundays after Easter) the scripture readings each Sunday tell us about the growth of the early church. As Christians we are brought into a new family (the church) through our rebirth in Holy Baptism.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - "The Lord Added to their Number" - Acts 2: 42-43
The Easter season is the time between Easter and Pentecost Sunday. There are about seven Sundays and the first reading is from the Book of Acts. The readings tell us about the explosive growth of the early church. What were they doing different then than we are doing today? There was a focus on God's Word (Apostle's teaching). There was time for fellowship (visiting and encouraging each other). There was worship with the focus on the Lord''s Supper (breaking of bread). When these are central to a church even today amazing things happen.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - "Seeing Jesus at the Table" - Luke 24: 30-31
After the resurrection Jesus appears to some disciples as a stranger. They can't recognize who he is until he dines with them. The Lord's Supper reveals who Jesus really is to us. We see him in the Breaking of Bread in the Lord's Supper.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - "Witnesses" - Acts 5: 31-32
When we are excited about something, we can't help but tell others. The church in the U.S. is declining, while the church in other parts of the world is growing. The difference is that Christians here aren't excited about telling others about Jesus. When we come "face to face" with the risen Christ, we can't help but tell others. It is the Holy Spirit that fills us with the same joy the early Christians had. The Holy Spirit works through the hearing of God's word and receiving his gifts (baptism/communion) to embolden us and fill us with Resurrection Joy.
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 - "Dying & Rising with Christ" - Colossians 3: 2-4
All of life is lived in the valley of the shadow of death - our own death and those we love. On Good Friday we reflect on Jesus' death for us. On the Resurrection of our Lord we celebrate Jesus triumph over death and the grave. As Christians we are dying to self and living for Jesus and others.
Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 - "The Mind of Christ" - Philippians 2: 5-11
On Palm Sunday Jesus rides into Jerusalem in all his glory - on a donkey! Later he washes the disciples feet. We all struggle with humility and that is exactly why Jesus came. All conflict comes from someone wanting to be first. Jesus doesn't just teach about humility - he models it on the cross. We change as we contemplate this great mystery.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - "Who's in charge?" - John 11: 1-53
Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. Some rejoice and believe. Others plot to kill him, because they are loosing control. We all have control issues. Do we turn the steering wheel over to God or do we come up with our own plan to regain control?