Sermons, mostly by Rev. Andrew Tengwall of Hope Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost / Lectionary 13, Lectionary Year B Psalm 30 On this first day back in worship together, in person, in our building, with a baptism and Eucharist, what better scripture to convey the breadth of our feelings than Psalm 30?
Third Sunday after Pentecost / Lectionary 11, Lectionary Year BMark 4:26-34Jesus' parables of seeds growing into plants don't tell us how God's beloved community grows, but they do tell us that if we trust in God, we will see that growth.
Second Sunday after Pentecost / Lectionary 10, Lectionary Year BMark 3:20-35As demonstrated in today's challenging scriptures from Mark's Gospel and from Genesis, evil and division and mutual enmity break our relationships with each other and with God. But that's not the whole of our story in Jesus.
Holy Trinity Sunday, Lectionary Year BIsaiah 6:1-8Isaiah's ministry was formed and informed by the trauma of a king's death, war, and a terrifying holy vision. This famous call of Isaiah looks different in light of the collective trauma we have experienced over the past year, and we may be able to see ourselves in this story in a new way.…
Pentecost, Lectionary Year BRomans 8:22-27The Holy Spirit brings us hope, binds us together, and intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.
Fifth Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year B1 John 4:7-21God is love. What does this mean for us? How do we love one another?
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year B1 John 3:16-24Our second lesson from First John gives us a powerful vision of what it can look like to live out the love of God we have received in Jesus. How can the lessons of that community so long ago shape our church's faithful response today?
Third Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year BLuke 24:36b-48"You are witnesses of these things." Jesus' words to his disciples look different after all we have witnessed in our community and our nation this week.
Easter Sunday, Lectionary Year BJohn 20:1-18Death is real, and so is resurrection. You are not alone.
Maundy ThursdayJohn 13:1-35Jesus' last evening with his disciples is filled with important moments. It is a night that weighs heavily on followers of Jesus, but we are not alone in carrying that weight.
Palm Sunday / Sunday of the PassionMark 15:1-39As we enter this Holy Week with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and the story of his death, we can leave our expectations behind.
Fifth Sunday of Lent, Lectionary Year BJohn 12:20-33Jesus' heart is grieved in today's lesson as he tries again to explain his impending death and resurrection, this time only days before it occurs. As we lament anti-Asian racism and violence, we recognize this story of grief, death, and resurrection.…
Fourth Sunday of Lent, Lectionary Year BEphesians 2:1-10Today's lesson from Ephesians gives us a clear and concise description of the power of God's grace in our lives.
Second Sunday of Lent, Lectionary Year BMark 8:31-38Just as Jesus died and rose again, his body on earth - the church - lives into God's future through death and resurrection.
Hope, Our Redeemer, Grace, and Arlington Hills Lutheran Churches in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Mark 1:9-15This four-minute reflection on Jesus' time in the wilderness focuses on the curious detail that "he was with the wild beasts." What was that about?
First Sunday of Lent, Lectionary Year BGenesis 9:8-17God's covenant with Noah and all animals serves as an early indication of God's unending grace.
Ash WednesdayMark 6:1-6, 16-21Ash Wednesday feels different on Zoom. This year we incorporated the imposition of ashes and also an anointing into a unique two-part sermon-and-ritual.
Transfiguration Sunday, Lectionary Year BMark 9:2-9No matter how far we have felt from the mountaintop this past year, Jesus is here with us. He came down from the mountain for us.
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Lectionary Year BMark 1:29-39In our Gospel story today, after Jesus heals many and casts out demons at Peter's house, Peter tells Jesus "everyone is searching for you." Today, again, everyone is searching for something. How can we be the body of Christ for one another in times like these?…
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Lectionary Year BMark 1:21-28Paul says don't eat meat! I haven't had meat since 2001. Ha! Just kidding. The decisions we make do affect others, and our faith calls us to act with responsibility toward our neighbors.
Third Sunday after Epiphany, Lectionary Year BMark 1:14-20Jesus begins his public ministry in Mark's Gospel with the bold declaration that the time has been fulfilled. In the 100th year of our congregation, Hope Lutheran, we will be looking to God's fulfillment of time and what God will be doing next.…
Baptism of Our Lord, Lectionary Year BMark 1:4-11In light of the cross and the noose erected on the grounds of our nation's Capitol building this week, we looked into Dr. James Cone's The Cross and the Lynching Tree to help us make sense of Christianity in America today before diving back into the baptism and repentance of our scripture for today.…
Second Sunday of Christmas, Lectionary Year BJohn 1:10-18We begin a new year with the Word made flesh and all that it means for us.
Christmas EveLuke 2:1-20Is this the best Christmas ever?
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Lectionary Year ALuke 1:26-55Mary's conversation with the angel and the song she sings in response to her conversation with her cousin Elizabeth are among the most powerful witnesses of what it means when God intervenes in our world.
Second Sunday of Advent, Lectionary Year BIsaiah 40:1-11God's word of comfort to the people exiled to Babylon can be a powerful word to us today.
First Sunday of Advent, Lectionary Year BIsaiah 64:1-9A new church year starts with a bang, as Isaiah begs, challenges, reminds, wheedles, cajoles, and otherwise engages God in conversation about what God can do for God's people in their time of need.
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year A1 Thessalonians 5:1-11What can we say about these times? More importantly, how can we spend this time in faithfulness to Jesus?
23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AAmos 5:18-24What a week for us to hear Amos' cry that justice should roll down like rivers and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Also, I failed to stop this recording in time, but am too 2020 to edit the recording for you, so you can just stop it when the sermon ends.…
All Saints Sunday, Lectionary Year AMatthew 5:1-12In his famous and powerful teaching known as the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches us the values by which we can live in harmony with one another and with God. The news during this election season throws those values into stark relief, and we see that they are so much more than niceness or pleasant platitud…
Reformation SundayThe freedom we receive in Christ is freedom to love and serve our neighbors.
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 22:15-22Give to God what is God's. Easier said than done, because our relationship to government is complicated as followers of Jesus.
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 22:1-14Isaiah 25:1-9One of Jesus' most frightening parables, paired with one of Isaiah's most beautiful visions for the Reign of God: somehow this helps me understand why people in power may need not be afraid of those they oppress.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 21:33-46We have reached the time of the church year when our Gospel lessons tell of Jesus in the temple. Tensions are high as Jesus makes his final public arguments about the kingdom of God.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AEzekiel 18:1-4, 24-32Ezekiel's message to God's people during the time of exile speaks to how we can respond today to our history and current circumstances. This week those circumstances included the charges against the killer of Breonna Taylor, the ongoing pandemic, Rev. Lenny Duncan's call for …
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 21:1-16Are you envious because God is generous? Jesus and Jonah show us who God is.
Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost, Lectionary Year ARomans 14:1-12There is more than one way to follow Jesus, more than one practice that is faithful.
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year ARomans 13:8-14Matthew 18:15-20Today we hear from Jesus and Paul how to live together.
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AJeremiah 15:15-21 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 Our guest preacher for this week, Shelby Condray, is a renaissance man in San Diego with a theological degree from Boston University and a passion for justice as an expression of the Gospel. His reflections on the shooting of Jacob Blake and the de…
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AThe transformation we experience in Jesus includes a renewed relationship with God, with our neighbors, and with our own bodies.
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 15:1-28The compassion of Jesus and the Caananite woman's persistence offer us models for how to engage in God's work in our lives.
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 14:13-21Psalm 85: 8-13God promises good for us, and Jesus offers us a model for caring for ourselves in preparation for caring for others.
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 14:13-21, Isaiah 55:1-5Compassion leads Jesus to feed 5000 men (plus women and children!). We trace that compassion from our reading in Isaiah to today.
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 13:31-33, 44-52Romans 8:26-39The kingdom of heaven is like... a lot of things, many of which make sense to us while some do not.
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year ARomans 8:12-25Paul writes the good stuff in Romans, and here it is. God's promise of redemption is for our whole selves and the whole creation.
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 13:1-9, 18-23Jesus' famous parable of the sower reminds us that we are dirt, in a good way.
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 10:40-42Welcome, welcome, welcome. Who does the welcoming? How do we follow Jesus?
Third Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 10:24-39Today's Gospel lesson includes Jesus bringing not peace, but a sword, as Jesus tells us how to follow him and engage in his work.
Second Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 9:35--10:23Today we enter what the church has called "ordinary time," and it if we are to faithfully follow Jesus in this time it will not be ordinary at all.
Seventh Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year A1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11On the eve of Memorial Day, American deaths due to COVID-19 approached 100,000. Our reading from the First Letter of Peter today gives us a good opportunity to reflect on what this milestone means for our nation. It also gives us a good starting place to reflect on how upcoming chang…