St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Nov 16, 2014 - Everything he had  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost   As a congregation and as individuals within it, we have been entrusted with great treasures. How shall these treasures be managed, for the sake of the kingdom of God? Wrapping them up, laying them away, and not thinking about them is not the best answer. (More...)

Nov 9, 2014 - Preparations  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost   That's an interesting way to think about our gathering in church; a training session, a disaster preparedness drill, as preparation for handling sorrows, and ultimately, for handling joy. (More...)

Nov 2, 2014 - Is Now and Ever Will Be  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   All Saints Sunday   We learn that each of us is called by the Lord Jesus to be a saint not just when we die, but also right now in the midst of life. Each of us is to be a saint, a person who lives in two different worlds at the same time. (More...)

Oct 25, 2014 - Free?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Reformation Sunday   With joy we can proclaim that we are not to bondage to one stupid thing after another that leads only to death. We live now in anticipation of God's actions, confident that he can take our efforts and transform them and use them in his completed kingdom. (More...)

Oct 19, 2014 - It is about faith and love  The Rev. W. Stevens Shipman   Consecration Sunday   Are we impressed by the things that impressed the disciples, or by the things that impressed Jesus? (More...)

Oct 12, 2014 - Trouble at the Banquet  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost   Hell is where we are when we will not accept the fact that Jesus accepts us. (More...)

Oct 5, 2014 - Trouble in the Vineyard  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost   First we need to recognize the true loneliness, emptiness, and brokenness in our lives. Then the new word which breaks the silence can have its full effect. (More...)

Sep 28, 2014 - At the edge  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost   Jesus is always at the edge of things, where things are growing, expanding, taking off in new directions. (More...)

Sep 21, 2014 - At the Right Time  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Festival of St. Matthew   Jesus who is the Lord of all of life, has much more patience than we ever deserve. He will keep coming back to us again and again, offering his blessings and announcing his expectations, looking for us to take adult-sized steps instead of baby-steps in faith and life. (More...)

Sep 14, 2014 - We Proclaim Christ Crucified  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Festival of Holy Cross   The cross and joyful faith – is this possible? Ecstasy within agony? Take it up, and find out, when we pray “Lord, I entrust all this to you.” (More...)

Sep 7, 2014 - Responsibility  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost   The questions for confirmands and all of us today: To what responsibility am I called today by Jesus by way of his gifts, promises, and actions on the cross? In what ways can I practice here to get ready to tackle them? (More...)

Aug 31, 2014 - Extreme Living  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost   We need to be honest with prospective members as well as ourselves; this life as a Christian is not easy, and it is getting harder all the time. No it is not going to be easy, but ultimate victory is promised to us, because Jesus has already been to all of the extremes that Satan and the world could conjure, and he has defeated them all. (More...)

Aug 27, 2014 - One Who Cares  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Lillian Skeebey Funeral   The Lord God decided that Lillian's work was truly completed, and now she has gone ahead of us to join in the celebration already underway in heaven. (More...)

Aug 24, 2014 - A Nobody, but God's Somebody  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Festival of St. Bartholomew   You and I are not “nobodies;” we are persons with different gifts which all come from the one Holy Spirit, for the benefit of congregation and community. (More...)

Aug 17, 2014 - Faithful God  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Tenth Sunday after Pentecost   We make promises on Sunday and before we get out the door, we've started to fold, spindle, and mutilate them...but not God. His word is good, and he will keep it. (More...)

Aug 8, 2014 - With singing  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Eleanor Whiting Funeral   Eleanor is joining with the host of heaven in the song that is to be ours as well. Thanks be to God for all his gifts, including the life of Eleanor, the promise of Jesus that claims her, and her song now passed to us. (More...)

Aug 3, 2014 - Extravagant Gifts of God  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Eighth Sunday after Pentecost   By the sheer number and scope of the stories he told and the actions he did, Jesus seems to be saying that heaven is about God's extravagant love toward us, whether we warrant such attention or not. (More...)

Aug 2, 2014 - Yes and No  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Jeanette Stuempfle Funeral   Jeanette's persistence, trust in God, joy, consistency, and expansive interest, with God's promise in Jesus will win out over death. (More...)

Jul 27, 2014 - God's Love and Care  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Carol Confer Funeral   The Lord says that he will dwell with us; death will be no more, and everything will be made new. The old pains, sorrows, illnesses, separations, heartaches, etc. will not prevail. (More...)

Jul 27, 2014 - A treasure indeed  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Seventh Sunday after Pentecost   We do have to remember that the Great Commission does not say Go make disciples as long as it is easy, doesn't cost much, or require our lives to be changed. It is simply Go, make disciples... (More...)

Jul 20, 2014 - Life in a Messy Garden  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixth Sunday after Pentecost   We're here because Jesus planted us here, God's good grain and Satan's weeds mixed together in each of us. (More...)

Jul 13, 2014 - Waste and Grace  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifth Sunday after Pentecost   Seed may be sown widely, apparently wastefully, but the result is up to God, not to us. (More...)

Jun 8, 2014 - The Conversation  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Pentecost Festival   This Pentecost day is a very big deal. It is the windy and fiery persistence of God, reaching out not only to a few leaders long ago, but also to us here and now. And giving us the model and content of what to say and do. (More...)

Jun 1, 2014 - For the Times In-between  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Seventh Sunday of Easter   In our daily lives there will arise the opportunities to say and do, to be Christ's witnesses; perhaps with many words, perhaps with few words, or with no words at all. (More...)

May 25, 2014 - Joining the Conversation  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixth Sunday of Easter   Let's use Paul's model of vigorous engagement, not apologizing for the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as so many are doing these days. (More...)

May 18, 2014 - Living Stones  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifth Sunday of Easter   For whose sake this week have I been baptized and made into a living stone? (More...)

May 11, 2014 - Become the Gospel!  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Sunday of Easter   The consequence for Christians is a whole life given; a whole life transformed. That is what we are experiencing ourselves, and what we offer to others. (More...)

May 6, 2014 - Wilderness Food  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   STS   In this wilderness of sin and death, there is food only here, offered freely through the gift of faith. Our task is clear: it is one beggar telling another where to find food. (More...)

May 4, 2014 - Freedom  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Sunday of Easter   Here is true freedom....not that we have gotten away from all of the troubles, but that Jesus comes to us in the midst of the troubles and defeats them, keeping them from overwhelming us. (More...)

Apr 27, 2014 - Faith despite our self-made handicaps  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday of Easter   We can set up all sorts of roadblocks to faith, and one of those roadblocks is our unwillingness to trust those persons whom God has sent to us. (More...)

Apr 20, 2014 - New  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Easter Day   Christ Jesus lives, and loves, and makes all things new! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. (More...)

Apr 19, 2014 - Blessed be God  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Easter Vigil   Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. (More...)

Apr 18, 2014 - Who is in charge?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Good Friday Evening   The entire passion narrative and indeed the whole Gospel is designed to encourage us with the knowledge that Jesus is the one in charge. Jesus has felt the weight of every trouble, he knows our weaknesses and failings far better than we do, and still he is able to say “You are mine, anyway. (More...)

Apr 18, 2014 - Jesus and the Soldiers  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Good Friday afternoon    If the centurion was somehow able to see the truth and react appropriately, perhaps also our eyes and ears and heart can be opened to what is true about Jesus as the Son of God and son of man. (More...)

Apr 17, 2014 - For You!  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Maundy Thursday    As bread and wine are shared in the name of Jesus, they are the place of his very life with and for us, and in us. (More...)

Apr 13, 2014 - Kenosis  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Palm Sunday   But Christ's kenosis is also to be an example for us. We, too, are to be letting go of things in order to hold onto what is most important. When trying to carry too much in an armload and things begin to fall, we may be left with what was easiest to hold rather than that which was most important! (More...)

Apr 9, 2014 - Mark 6: Opposition Mounts  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixth Wednesday in Lent   We know that misunderstanding, antagonism, and sometimes murderous hate swirl around someone who announces the truth of Jesus, still today. (More...)

Apr 6, 2014 - Dry Bones?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifth Sunday in Lent   Do we encounter parallels of Ezekiel's vision in our congregation and in ourselves? Do we too have piles of dry bones? (More...)

Apr 2, 2014 - Mark 5: Trading Fear for Faith  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifth Wednesday in Lent   Like the man beset by demons, the woman burdened with hemorrhage, and the girl's father gripped by death, we too can trade in our fears for faith, and live now in anticipation of the joy of life remade in the kingdom of God. (More...)

Mar 30, 2014 - Choosing the Little One  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Sunday in Lent   It is Good News for us whenever we are feeling low, small, abandoned, or alone. God his children [of whatever age!] never forsakes; His the loving purpose solely to preserve them pure and holy. (More...)

Mar 26, 2014 - The Life of Following Jesus  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Wednesday in Lent   True or false: When one follows Jesus, life is good and easy. False! Our lives may be much more difficult because we listen to Jesus and follow him. (More...)

Mar 23, 2014 - Surprise!  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Sunday in Lent   Surprise! You've been drafted. The rest of your life is spent either acknowledging that draft and trying to respond appropriately, or else denying it and running the other way. (More...)

Mar 19, 2014 - Mark 3: The Life of Following Jesus  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Wednesday in Lent   Jesus doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called. Isn't that Good News for us! (More...)

Mar 16, 2014 - Darkness and Light  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday in Lent   Give thanks that we have the sort of God who actually wants to be with us, who condescends to speak with us, who intends to share the truth about it all with us...even if we can't fully comprehend the whole of that truth, even as we cannot define this God. (More...)

Mar 12, 2014 - Mark 2: Calling All Sinners  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Wednesday in Lent   Faith and forgiveness are closely linked, and forgiveness is the healing that is needed even more than the cure for paralysis. (More...)

Mar 10, 2014 - Where are the demons?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   STS retreat    Satan, demons, chaos, sin....they shall not have the last word. Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sin is put away. (More...)

Mar 9, 2014 - Sin or not sin  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   First Sunday of Lent   By the grace of God, the persistence of God, the gift of the forgiving love of God that pursues us even in our sinfulness, at the end of the journey we will be able to sing with saints and angels: The kingdom's ours forever. (More...)

Mar 8, 2014 - Remembering  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Jane Strous Funeral   The Good News of the day is that although our memories falter, God's does not. (More...)

Mar 5, 2014 - Mark 1: Good News in a Troubled World  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Ash Wednesday   We can turn away from it rejecting the offer of love, or we can hear it with joy and acknowledge our place in the kingdom of God that begins now and is brought to perfection in the life to come. (More...)

Mar 3, 2014 - For the Love of God  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   The Transfiguration of Jesus   We come to church not simply for edification, explanation, direction, or exhortation; we come for the love of God. (More...)

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