Sermons by “Pastor Aune”

Conviction, Confession and Consolation

Conviction of sin is language that may be unfamiliar to many of you because it is language that we don’t use a lot anymore. Do you understand what it means to be convicted of your sin?

Think of it this way. When a prosecuting attorney gets a conviction in a criminal case, the truth about the criminal activity comes out and the guilty party is convicted and judgment is then pronounced.

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The First Day of the Week

A number of years ago a friend of mine was on a sabbatical in England and together with his wife attended a worship service at one of the historic Anglican churches in England.

He shared with me that the setting, the music, the liturgy, every aspect of the service was profoundly beautiful and meaningful and he was surprised and a bit saddened that there was almost no one there beside himself and his wife.

After the service he sought out the Rector, the priest, thanked him for the meaningful worship experience and commented that it was too bad there were so few people in attendance.

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A Deserted Place

Last week Pastor Torgerson introduced our 10 week preaching series on Spiritual Practices and she both challenged us and encouraged us to keep on training in Godliness and to practice our faith.

This is what she said about spiritual practices; “there are things that faithful Christians do to continue practicing their faith, to grow, to be challenged, to voice their doubts and fears, to be held accountable – this is what it means to be Christian.  If you’re not doing it, it’s not part of who you are. If you are not training in godliness, it’s not you.”[1]

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The Business of the Church

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

One of the things that needs to happen in a sermon is a call to action.

A sermon should move the listener to respond to God’s call in her life.

A sermon should challenge the listener so he considers his relationship with God. A sermon should invite the listener to be part of God’s work in the world.

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Easter Isn’t Easy

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Easter isn’t easy. We may think it is and we do our best to make it that way with the flowers, Easter baskets, the celebrations and family gatherings but the truth of the matter is that it is hard.

Look at today’s story. There are three different reactions to the empty tomb and none of them are easy.

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Pilates Good Question

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and tells them they would be doing the same thing.

Judas betrays Jesus.

Jesus is arrested.

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Christmas Eve – A Yearning

Tonight is a night when Christian churches of all different shapes, sizes and flavors are filled to over flowing with people who want to hear the words of the angel, first spoken to the shepherds as they watched over their flocks by night but also spoken to all of us – “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

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