St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Jan 31, 2016 - That We May Speak  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany   He says, “Go, speak; and I will be with you.” So, let's get started. (More...)

Jan 24, 2016 - The Power of the Word  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Sunday after the Epiphany   In what ways are you and I listening, planning, speaking, and acting? What Word of God is to be fulfilled in our speaking and our hearing this day?  (More...)

Jan 17, 2016 - Surprised by the Spirit  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday after the Epiphany   Again and again the Spirit surprises us. He takes us down the slope in a way we could not guess; He leads us in a way we do not expect. (More...)

Jan 10, 2016 - Exiles  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Baptism of Our Lord   The reality of the Christian life is that we are all exiles. Whatever our exile throws at us, we never face it alone. The God who holds the future has promised that you and I have a future with him — an eternal one. (More...)

Jan 3, 2016 - The Big Picture: our Christmas—Easter faith  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Tenth day of Christmas   We Christians look at Christmas through Easter-colored glasses; we interpret everything about this season in the light of Easter. (More...)

Dec 27, 2015 - Living in God's Peace  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Remembrance Service   Our sorrows, as real and as painful as they are, will yet be put right. When we light the candles on the Memory tree this afternoon, it is not to represent community broken, but the hope of community restored, with the light of the living join the light of those who are now in the heavenly chorus. (More...)

Dec 27, 2015 - The Cost of Christmas  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   St. John Day   Pride and place and position are not so important, but rather faithful witness in whatever skill and gifts you have and use. (More...)

Dec 24, 2015 - Not "Hide and Seek”  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Christmas Eve   The nativity narrative is telling us that God doesn't hide, but rather has chosen to make himself available to us in the most ordinary, visible of ways, as a baby in Bethlehem. (More...)

Dec 20, 2015 - Barren  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourth Sunday of Advent   Trying to boast of ourselves is like being on that wind-swept mountaintop; it is barren, and our boasts are lost in the wind. And conversely, we do not yet know what wonderful things may occur when our words and actions point to the Lord God. (More...)

Dec 13, 2015 - What Are We to Do?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Third Sunday of Advent    Look at your life. Recognize the places where it is broken. Look at how you use power. Look at what you have in your closet, in your refrigerator, in your wallet, and in your bank account. What do these opportunities ask of us? (More...)

Dec 8, 2015 - What is next?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Tuesday in Advent - STS Retreat   Yes, we receive a new future, but not by denying our past.We can get at the work of discerning what is true about Jesus, proclaiming it clearly, confessing it boldly, trusting it humbly, no matter how it works out in this messy and violent world. (More...)

Dec 6, 2015 - Imagination  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Second Sunday of Advent   Each of us will be writing a sermon this week. One or two of us will be writing with pen and paper, but all of us will be writing a sermon by what we say and do day by day. Each day it will be inadequate; we know it could be better. (More...)

Nov 29, 2015 - Perseverance  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   First Sunday of Advent   When we are in the midst of the present mess, it is hard to see what new things Jesus might be working among us, but they are here. (More...)

Nov 22, 2015 - What is truth?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Christ the King   What is truth? Jesus, Son of God, true God and true man at one and the same time, one with the Father and the Spirit in creating, saving, and making us holy, King from beginning to end. Like it or not, convenient or not easy to take or not, there it is. (More...)

Nov 15, 2015 - Live today for tomorrow  Ray Huff   Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost   Despite all of the problems in the world the present day is a gift from God and it is up to us to make the most of it. (More...)

Nov 8, 2015 - Remembering, Focusing, Anticipating  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost   Remember the Father's promises, focus on what Jesus would think is important, and anticipate that the Holy Spirit will lead us through all things needful. There is a good life-plan. (More...)

Nov 1, 2015 - In the end, God  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   All Saints Sunday   God takes everything that we have and are and remakes us; it is a new creation. That is what is promised and begins at baptism and continues throughout our life and into new life after death. (More...)

Oct 25, 2015 - Automatic Blessings?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Reformation Sunday   There is nothing automatic about becoming a Christian. It is not genetics; it is not family name or tribe. It does involve God's promise mediated by Word and Sacrament which we can hear gladly and to which we can respond. (More...)

Oct 18, 2015 - Worth-ship  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Consecration Sunday   The very presence of this church at the gateway to the city of Williamsport makes a statement about the Christian community that can be found here. (More...)

Oct 11, 2015 - Donkey Tracks and Skid Marks  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost   Do we cling to possessions fearfully, as the wicked servant in the parable of the talents, or do we use them generously for the good of our neighbor and the care of all creation? (More...)

Oct 4, 2015 - As Beggars  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost   We come today like beggars, deserving nothing. God reproves, straightens us out, and bids us turn again to him with the eagerness, and openness, and the understanding that we don't deserve or merit anything. (More...)

Sep 27, 2015 - Living in Unity with other Christians - don't hurt them!  Kathy Kolb   Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost   Jesus makes the case that all the believers are His. We are to care for each other gently. We are to accept others working in His name. We are to take care of the new growth in the church. It’s important to Him. (More...)

Sep 20, 2015 - On the Way to Capernaum  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost   Yes, all of this can be downright uncomfortable and a lot of work as we begin to discover what it means to be a servant in the way that Jesus means it. (More...)

Sep 13, 2015 - Strange Places, Persons, and Actions  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost   So now we have a different perception of what is “strange” and what is “normal”. The strange persons are those who refuse to acknowledge Jesus as Lord; while true normality is being a member of the body of Christ. (More...)

Sep 6, 2015 - Life in Focus  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost   What about life? Is it a unrelated string of events? Is it a search for the path of least resistance? If so, one would probably not bother being here! Life is to be focused on the person of Jesus, who represents God's commitment to us. (More...)

Aug 30, 2015 - Work-Shoe Faith  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost   We're fooling only ourselves if we think that showing up here, listening to lessons and sermon, singing a few hymns, is all there is to the Christian faith. (More...)

Aug 23, 2015 - Our Captain in the well-fought fight  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost   Paul's urging about armor puts matters like daily prayer, devotional reading, regular Bible study groups and so on into perspective. We can't expect to be very effective in this fight if we haven't done the training. (More...)

Aug 20, 2015 - Time for hospitality  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Beulah Wrede Funeral   Rebecca used a water-jar. Beulah used a candy dish. Each of us can settle upon the way that matches the gifts and opportunities that God has granted to us. (More...)

Aug 16, 2015 - It Is About Jesus  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost   Since we are the Body of Christ, are we “killing time” or using it well? (More...)

Aug 14, 2015 - Remember  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Doris Connelly Funeral   We must now not just lament the things that are already fading away about Doris, but also celebrate the things that remain, things that are even more important than our private memories. (More...)

Aug 9, 2015 - Bread of Life  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost   Jesus puts his life in ours as bread, and when he does so, he brings heaven to us. And there is purpose to it; so that we in turn will bring this bread of heaven to a hungry world. (More...)

Aug 2, 2015 - A Hard Teaching  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Tenth Sunday after Pentecost   So some didn't like Jesus' harsh teaching, and wandered away, looking for an easier show. But we wouldn't do that...or would we? (More...)

Jul 26, 2015 - Peter, and Us  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Ninth Sunday after Pentecost   May we, in times when faith is sorely tested, conclude as the apostle Peter and the hymn-writer Johann Franck, and say confidently, “You are the Christ, Jesus, Priceless Treasure.” (More...)

Jul 19, 2015 - Need for a Shepherd  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Eighth Sunday after Pentecost   There is no other savior than the Lord Jesus Christ. We can talk with any group of another faith as well as those who claim no faith; we can find any number of things about which we can talk and work together; but the one thing which cannot be compromised is the centrality of Christ. (More...)

Jul 12, 2015 - How Can I Keep From Singing?  The Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin   Seventh Sunday after Pentecost   We sing because we have been blessed before we could think or say or do anything at all. (More...)

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...)

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