Sermon – Jonah 4 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 13, 2014)

Please click on the picture below for listening and downloading options.  You may subscribe free-of-charge to “Sermons from Calvary, Brookfield” in the iTunes store, or by going to:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-from-calvary-brookfield/id539520053

angry bird

Posted in Audio, Sermons | Leave a comment

Sermon – Jonah 3 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 6, 2014)

Please click on the picture below for listening and downloading options.  You may subscribe free-of-charge to “Sermons from Calvary, Brookfield” in the iTunes store, or by going to:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-from-calvary-brookfield/id539520053

Nineveh

Posted in Audio, Sermons | Leave a comment

Sermon – Jonah 1:17-2:10 (Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 29, 2014)

Please click on the picture below for listening and downloading options.  You may subscribe free-of-charge to “Sermons from Calvary, Brookfield” in the iTunes store, or by going to:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-from-calvary-brookfield/id539520053

Jonah

Posted in Audio, Sermons | Leave a comment

Sermon – Jonah 1:1-16 (2nd Sunday after Pentecost, July 22, 2014)

Please click on the picture below for listening and downloading options.  You may subscribe free-of-charge to “Sermons from Calvary, Brookfield” in the iTunes store, or by going to:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-from-calvary-brookfield/id539520053

Jonah

Posted in Audio, Sermons | Leave a comment

From the Pastor’s Study . . . July 2014

Dear Friends,

Psalm 122 begins: 1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” 2 Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! 3 Jerusalem– built as a city that is bound firmly together, 4 to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. (Psalm 122:1-4). Although David is addressing specifically his delight in drawing near to God in Jerusalem, upon which God promised that He would cause His name to dwell, this passage is also a treasured Word reflecting our own approach to worship. Are we, like David, glad to go to church? Do we think of our gathered assembly in worship as being “the house of the Lord?” What a difference it makes in our experience and appreciation of Christian worship, when we are reminded that when God’s people (the Baptized) gather to hear His Word and share in the Lord’s Supper – we are actually gathered by the Holy Spirit into the presence of the Almighty God.

How should we then respond to being in the presence of a most Holy God? The Church has certain maxims which it employs in order to teach members how Christians worship our God. These are especially helpful when teaching children and new Christians about the expectations and gifts that Christian worship has for us. For example, we teach children that “we stand to sing, sit to listen, and kneel to pray.” While not everyone is able to kneel and/or stand, everyone is gathered into that poise – even if they must remain seated – as the congregation assumes these acts of worship, because all are engaged in the singing, listening, and praying. Another important maxim is: “before the service we speak to God, during the service God speaks to us, and after the service we speak to one another.” This helpful instruction requires a bit more interpretation than the previous one.

Before the service we speak to God . . .

Prior to the service, the Christian prays to their Father that He might grant them engagement in His Word, by the work of the Holy Spirit in us. It is also an important time to pray for the congregation’s witness to those visiting with us, and to pray for those who lead various aspects of the service. Like ours, many congregations offer preludal music and preparatory prayers in order to set the tone for worship and draw the meditations of our hearts heavenward.

During the service God speaks to us . . .

When the Scriptures are read, the sermon preached, and the ministers press the bread and wine into our hands saying “the body and blood of Christ given and shed for you” – we are hearing God speak to us most directly. This is an important time in our lives each week, as we are truly being drawn into the presence of our God, who alone is Holy and worthy of our highest reverence and attention. If this sounds daunting – you are on the right track in your thinking. It is important for children to ask their parents questions about the service, and for parents to feel comfortable in softly answering them, however other conversation among worshipers should be saved for after we have left the sanctuary. Conversation during the service, even during quiet times (which are offered to us for silent prayer), not only hinders us from hearing God – but also distracts others from worshiping. If you have ever sat in the movie theatre behind that couple who talked incessantly throughout the show, or those guys who kept shouting when the announcers were giving important information about the game, you have a sense of how disrespectful and irreverent others feel we are being to our Lord when we talk to one another during worship. When we offer our careful reverence to our Lord in worship, it is a witness to visitors and young children that we are really encountering God, and this is really worth their time and attention.

After the service we speak to one another . . .

After the service is over, and we have made our way out of the sanctuary, it is important for us to greet one another in the name of the Lord, and share in their joys and concerns. There may have been things that we wanted to share with our neighbors during worship, but chose to honor God and other worshipers by waiting, and so now we have the opportunity to share in conversation. We also have the opportunity to go into the fellowship hall, where our youth hospitality coordinators have prepared coffee, cold beverages, and pastries. Worshipers are encouraged to linger for at least a few moments after worship, in order to share in the mutual conversation and consolation of God’s people that is available following the service.

In Christ Jesus,

Pastor

Posted in Newsletter | Leave a comment

Sermon – 1 Peter 5:6-11 (Seventh Sunday of Easter, June 1, 2014)

Please click on the picture below for listening and downloading options.  You may subscribe free-of-charge to “Sermons from Calvary, Brookfield” in the iTunes store, or by going to:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-from-calvary-brookfield/id539520053

hello-my-name-is-anxiety

Posted in Audio, Sermons | Leave a comment

Sermon – 1 Peter 3:13-22 (Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 25, 2014)

Please click on the picture below for listening and downloading options.  You may subscribe free-of-charge to “Sermons from Calvary, Brookfield” in the iTunes store, or by going to:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-from-calvary-brookfield/id539520053

download

 

Posted in Audio, Sermons | Leave a comment