Pastor Jennifer's Sermon Page
SERMONBLOG.STLUKES.CC

Woman at the Well: The Wrong One - 3/23/14

This Sunday began with a dramatic reading of the story of the Woman at the Well, and the choir helping out on a revised version of Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places." The sermon picked up that theme, talking about how Jesus had friends in low places, and is a friend to us when we are in low places. Scripture: John 4:4-45

Watch the video of the scripture, then listen to the sermon podcast.



Download | Duration: 00:19:40

Healing Prayer - 3/2/14

On the second anniversary of the deadly tornadoes and the first anniversary of the tragic death of Tara Willenborg, we came together as a church family to pray for healing. This is a brief reflection on the role of the community in healing and supporting one another, and the power of healing prayer. Scripture: James 5:13-16

Download | Duration: 00:11:50

 

Sermon on the Mount: Love Your Enemies - 2/23/14

February 23, Sermon on the Mount: Love Your Enemies

Some Christians argue that Jesus wants us to fight for him, even using violence so that Christian causes may prevail. Others argue that Jesus does not want us to resist evildoers, but to keep turning the other cheek. This sermon argues that what Jesus actually proposes is a third way—a way of active, non-violent resistance to the powers of this world that rule unjustly. His ideas about turning the other cheek, giving up your cloak and going the extra mile are ways of resisting evil—a radical love of enemies. (This sermon relies heavily on the work of Walter Wink in The Powers that Be for its ideas and information.) Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48

Download | Duration: 00:22:45

Sermon on the Mount: Thoughts and Deeds - 2/16/14

If last week served up light snacks, this sermon is a meaty main course. In this heavy passage, Jesus addresses divorce, swearing, lust and anger. The core running through each of these topics is that Jesus wants our insides to match our outsides. Following Jesus is not just about abiding by the rules and doing the right things—it is about searching your soul and becoming a devout follower, inside and out. Scripture: Matthew 5:21-37

Download | Duration: 00:22:21

Sermon on the Mount: Salt and Light - 2/9/14

This sermon was an experiential one. Jesus tells us to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” Rather than explaining these ideas, we shared an experience of salty snacks and playing with a flashlight. We learned that salt makes us thirsty, and light is only helpful as it illumines an object. Scripture: Matthew 5:13-20

Download | Duration: 00:15:48

Martin Luther King, Jr. Service, Part 2 - 1/20/14

St. Luke's was honored to host the 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service for the city of Jeffersonville. Speeches were made by our state representatives, mayor and Lt. Governor. Pastor Jennifer engaged in a dialogue conversation with Flora Clipper on the legacy of Dr. King's dream, 50 years later. Ms. Clipper shared memories and reflections from the Civil Rights Era, and together they talked about what has been accomplished and what work remains.

Download | Duration: 00:51:04

Martin Luther King, Jr. Service, Part 1 - 1/20/14

St. Luke's was honored to host the 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service for the city of Jeffersonville. Speeches were made by our state representatives, mayor and Lt. Governor. Pastor Jennifer engaged in a dialogue conversation with Flora Clipper on the legacy of Dr. King's dream, 50 years later. Ms. Clipper shared memories and reflections from the Civil Rights Era, and together they talked about what has been accomplished and what work remains.

Download | Duration: 01:03:12

Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes - 2/2/14

The Sermon on the Mount is the longest collection of Jesus' teachings in the Gospels. It begins with the Beatitudes, which is a list of unlikely blessings. The Beatitudes are like a song we need to sing over and over—words that both comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. They describe God's love, and challenge us to discipleship. Scripture: Matthew 5:3-12

Download | Duration: 00:15:34

Soil Test - 1/26/14

The parable of the sower doesn't usually appear in the lectionary this time of year, but it accidentally slipped into our preaching schedule. It turned out that a reflection on God's generous sowing of seeds, no matter the soil, brought us some good news and warmth of spring in the midst of an icy winter. Matthew 13:1-9 18-23

Download | Duration: 00:17:32

A Clear Invitation - 1/19/14

When we think of the call of the disciples, we usually think of the fishermen by the side of the Galilee dropping their nets when Jesus says "follow me." But in John's Gospel, the story is a bit different, and Jesus' invitation is "come and see." How do we interact with those who are looking on our faith? Do we invite them to "come and see"? Many people aren't sure if they are welcome in Jesus' community. How to we offer a clear invitation? John 1:29-42

Download | Duration: 00:14:55

Blog Software
Blog Software