St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Jul 5, 2015 - Making a Sale?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixth Sunday after Pentecost   Jesus is not the typical sales-manager, because he does not give us a detailed list of instructions of how to do both things at the same time. He just says Love God and Love neighbor, and speaks out when people try to do one without the other. (More...)

Jun 28, 2015 - The Healer and the Healing Community  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifth Sunday after Pentecost   Jesus not only gives life after death, but also life before death. (More...)

Jun 21, 2015 - Two Kinds of Fear  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Sunday after Pentecost   Are we afraid? Yes, of course! But our Good Friday fear, the fear of death in all of its twisted ways can be replaced with Easter fear, the fear of what God will yet accomplish with us. (More...)

Jun 14, 2015 - Unlikely  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Sunday after Pentecost   We are to produce the fruit that we can, and God will take care of what results he wants because what God can do with it and how it can be great is up to God and not to us. (More...)

Jun 7, 2015 - Where the Fingers Point  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday after Pentecost   When we point at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at ourselves! The very words and gestures which we use to accuse others are also accusations against us. (More...)

May 31, 2015 - Just Do It  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Holy Trinity Festival   Church is hard work, enduring work, but ultimately very satisfying work, because it is inviting us into the conversation of the Father and Son in the Spirit. (More...)

May 24, 2015 - To declare the wonderful deeds of God....  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Pentecost Festival   Husbands and wives may preach to each other; parents share good news with children; all of us are to share the Gospel with the rest of the world, one person at a time. (More...)

May 17, 2015 - Everyone named “Justus”  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Seventh Sunday of Easter   Jesus loves us, together, and sends us out with tasks aplenty. And in effect, all of us are bearing a new middle name, “Justus.” (More...)

May 16, 2015 - In God's Good Time  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Lillian Miller Funeral    The Lord God Almighty simply gives what we need: life and creation, hope and preservation. We are invited to say Thank You, to make good use of all of those blessings and resources and opportunities. (More...)

May 12, 2015 - Take Hold of Life  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Tuesday in Easter - STS   It is not just natural beauty and not just human community that we celebrate, but the presence of the Lord of beauty and community. (More...)

May 10, 2015 - Holy People, Holy Time, Holy Fruit  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixth Sunday of Easter   Set apart for God's special use...we are God's holy people. It is hard work, but not a burden... because we remember Jesus' promise and commission: You didn't choose me; I chose you to bear fruit that will last. (More...)

May 3, 2015 - The Master Gardener  Lou Kolb   Fifth Sunday of Easter   If we are carefully maintaining our connection as branches to the vine, Jesus, we will begin to see evidence of those fruits in our lives. (More...)

Apr 26, 2015 - The Good Shepherd  Mr. Walter Haussmann   Fourth Sunday of Easter   Let us never be offended by the image of the Good Shepherd. Our poor sheep-like minds are unable to take in the greatness of our Shepherd’s gifts. Nevertheless, let us fill ourselves with all He has to give. (More...)

Apr 19, 2015 - Mission Possible  Mr. Ray Huff   Third Sunday of Easter   We must move from knowing ABOUT Christ Jesus to KNOWING Christ Jesus. If we KNOW Jesus we under-stand that Jesus conquered the ultimate threat, death and any fears we have are groundless. (More...)

Apr 12, 2015 - With Scars  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday of Easter   But Jesus says, "Look at my scars. I'm still right here for you, no matter what." (More...)

Apr 5, 2015 - Afraid  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Easter Sunday   Jesus is in a category all his own, and defies management from us. Our proper reaction is speechlessness and amazement. If we come wanting proof, it will not be forthcoming. (More...)

Apr 4, 2015 - This Program presented by....God  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Easter Vigil    Jesus' promises are true ones, because they are spoken by one who has his every limiting condition behind him, including that last enemy of us all, death. He has the right to speak, and he speaks the truth. (More...)

Apr 3, 2015 - How much does he care?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Good Friday evening   On the cross, Jesus demonstrates that there are absolutely no limits to what he can and will do in order to get to us, grab hold of us, to save us, and to bring us home. (More...)

Apr 3, 2015 - God's answer to cruelty  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Good Friday afternoon   It is a great wonder, that in the face of our cruelty to one another and to Jesus, the Lord God has not treated us as we deserve and simply wiped us off the face of the earth, but instead continues to give us blessings beyond measure, and wants to entice us to life on a different basis. (More...)

Apr 2, 2015 - Actions of the Covenant  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Holy Thursday   What God does at Sinai, and even more at the Last Supper, is to take the difficult parts of the obligations on himself! “I will be your God, even though you do not deserve it.” (More...)

Mar 29, 2015 - Extravagance!  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Palm Sunday   None of the participants in the evil deserve any consideration from Jesus. That is precisely the point; none of them deserve God's forgiveness. God loves in spite of the sin, in order to overcome the sin, the ancient sin, your sin, my sin. (More...)

Mar 22, 2015 - Sir, We Wish to See Jesus  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifth Sunday of Lent   Those who wish to see Jesus shall not be disappointed, for he shows the Father's love, here, in worship and in service. (More...)

Mar 18, 2015 - The Church's song in peace and joy  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifth Wednesday of Lent   When we use the Nunc dimittis  at the end of Liturgy, therefore, we are recognizing that this is the framework of our lives together in worship: we began with the peace for which we pray in the Kyrie, and end with the confidence that it is and will be given, in God's good time and ways. (More...)

Mar 15, 2015 - Doxology  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Sunday of Lent   When we are twisted in self-absorbed sin, the cure is to look up, remember, look ahead. (More...)

Mar 11, 2015 - This Is the Feast  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Wednesday of Lent   Whenever we gather for the Holy Communion, it is that party-time, that wedding banquet of the Lamb, that gathering in the throne-room of the Almighty. (More...)

Mar 8, 2015 - Why keep them?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Sunday of Lent   We should put a warning label on the Ten Commandments: don't try to obey these alone; it's impossible, because these Ten Commandments are about relationships with God and with others. (More...)

Mar 1, 2015 - Hope Does Not Disappoint  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday of Lent   We can remember what St. Paul has to say in Romans: “...and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (More...)

Feb 25, 2015 - The Church's Song of Hope and Confidence  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Wednesday of Lent   Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,... the one who makes and keeps promises. (More...)

Feb 22, 2015 - Jesus vs. the Wild Things  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   First Sunday of Lent   Where does chaos threaten each of us today? The variations are endless, but the final cure is the same,... the Lord Jesus, who puts things right. (More...)

Feb 18, 2015 - Psalm 51: The Church's Song in praise of God's Forgiveness  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Ash Wednesday   Each time we encounter the holiness of God, we know that we cannot stand there on our own, but in humility and yet in confidence ask for his healing and life-giving word again this day. (More...)

Feb 15, 2015 - In Wonder  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Transfiguration of our Lord   The story of the Transfiguration reminds us that the purpose of this worship time is first of all about what God wants to say to us, not the other way around. (More...)

Feb 8, 2015 - Sent, Under Orders  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifth Sunday after Epiphany   There are easy and pleasant things, and then there are the things that we do not because we want to but because we come to believe that they are the things that God truly wants us to do them. (More...)

Feb 2, 2015 - In praise of routine  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Presentation of the Lord   And so we will continue with our regular routine of reading and singing and praying, because great things can and will happen in God's good time. (More...)

Feb 1, 2015 - Tied up in Impossible Knots  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Sunday after Epiphany   How often do we regard the problems we face as impossible knots. There is only one solution, in complete surrender to Jesus of Nazareth, who has proclaimed himself our champion, the conquering hero sent form God to overcome the evil in the world. (More...)

Jan 25, 2015 - What kind of God?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Conversion of Paul   When the Lord meets us on the road, shakes us up, and says, Follow me, let's keep listening and then speaking and doing. (More...)

Jan 18, 2015 - What Kind of Stone?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Confession of Peter   Those are serious questions, for Peter long ago, and for us today. What kind of rocks will our youngest members become? What kind of rocks will we  be? (More...)

Jan 13, 2015 - In the Fullness of Time  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Luella Bair Funeral   When our time is full and complete, it is but the beginning of a new chapter in our life in Christ. (More...)

Jan 11, 2015 - A pile of dirt?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Baptism of Jesus   Which picture of creation is our world-view? Are we only a pile of dirt, worthless garbage, as the Babylonians said; or are we part of the creation that is beloved of the Lord, rescued by Jesus' love, promised a good and final future, and thus strengthened to live boldly even now? (More...)

Jan 4, 2015 - By another way…  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   11th Day of Christmas   To be a Christian means to be someone who witnesses that Christ is the Light of the world, the truth that matters and endures, and the culture that will finally be fulfilled when God completes his creating. (More...)

Dec 28, 2014 - The Costly Gift  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Holy Innocents, Martyrs   God does not forget even those whom the world labels as insignificant. (More...)

Dec 28, 2014 - Outsiders  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Remembrance Service   That is the Good News of Christmas; we’re not left alone in our sadness of whatever sort. We shall not be outsiders now, or finally. (More...)

Dec 24, 2014 - In the Flesh in Particular  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Christmas Eve   God came not to deliver us from our flesh and all that flesh demands, but to redeem our flesh, and in his good time to completely re-make our flesh, to prepare it for the eternal banquet. (More...)

Dec 21, 2014 - More “Rejoice” than “Hello”  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Sunday of Advent   We need to take seriously the imperatives we have heard during the season, the admonitions to Watch, to Prepare, to Bear Witness, and to Rejoice. But through this season we have discovered that these words are not meant to be a burden, but a gift. (More...)

Dec 14, 2014 - Word in the Darkness  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Sunday of Advent   No matter how dark we feel at any given time, there is the objective fact that the light of Christ has shone, is shining, and will yet shine. (More...)

Dec 7, 2014 - Life in a Construction Zone  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday of Advent   We are that construction zone; both the wilderness of 21st century life around us, and our inner wildernesses are places where God is at work. We live in the assurance that no matter how difficult our situation, God will somehow make use of it and transform it so that we are the praising and serving persons we are supposed to be. (More...)

Dec 2, 2014 - Accountability  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Tuesday in Advent   Accountability” becomes the question put to us. But it is different from the accountability about which one talks in school or business. It is an accountability at which everyone fails. (More...)

Nov 30, 2014 - Rend the Heavens  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   First Sunday of Advent   If O Savior, rend the heavens and come down is what we should indeed be praying, what should we be doing while we wait for God to complete his answer to the prayer? That is the question for all of us, not just on the First Sunday in Advent, but every day. (More...)

Nov 23, 2014 - The Shepherd-King  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Christ the King   We all look around and see so much that is wrong. How can there be one banquet table for us all? But the Son of Man has eternity to work on it, to make sure that it does happen. And knowing that gives us reason to celebrate. (More...)

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...)