From the Pastors:

TWO TAKES ON THE GOOD SAMARITAN TEXT AND EVENTS OF THE PREVIOUS WEEK, Sermons by the Rev. Michael P. Thomas and Rev. Susan P. Thomas, July 10, 2016, Eight Sunday After Pentecost


h1 Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Readings and Psalm:  Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Psalm 25:1-10, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37
Sermon delivered by The Rev. Michael P. Thomas
 
Prayer: Lord and Savior: Indeed, open now your saving word. Let it burn like fire within us; speak until our hearts are stirred. Bring good news into our midst. [Words are paraphrased from the gospel ALLELUIA sung immediately […]

FAITHFUL RE-READING - A Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, July 3, 2016, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost


h1 Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 at 8:56 am

Readings and Psalm: Isaiah 66:10-14, Psalm 66:1-9, Galatians 6:1-16, Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
FAITHFUL RE-READING
Many, most–maybe all–of us come to worship this Sunday with gratitude for this nation’s freedoms. We also come carrying our current context. We have a Presidential campaign and world situation that’s raising lots of issues about freedom and restrictions and fear. Despite a […]

A SERMON BY FIRST THIRD OF LIFE MINISTER SHARIDAN RUSSELL ‘18, JUNE 26, SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST


h1 Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 9:16 am

On June 26, we held an outdoor worship service, appropriately monikered “Lutherans on the Lawn.”  The service was largely attended and led by OSLC youth, including Brian and Jeffrey Boitnott, Dylan and Michael Budner, Aidan Grant and Josh Duefield. Sharidan Russell, Dartmouth ‘18 and OSLC first third of life minister, preached about leading a life […]

LOVE WILL WIN, A Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, June 19, 2016, the Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, the Sunday after the Orlando Shootings, and Father’s Day


h1 Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 9:51 am

Sunday Readings and Psalm: Isaiah 65:1-9, Psalm 22:19-28, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39.
 Prayer
 LOVE WILL WIN
 
We spend much of our life trusting we are safe. This is a good thing, an essential thing. It allows us to make plans, to imagine tomorrow, to be generous, to give others the benefit of the doubt.
 
The Pulse Nightclub […]

LOVE GOD, A sermon by guest preacher, the Rev. Greg Marshall, guest preacher, Sunday, June 12, 2016, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost


h1 Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Readings and Psalm: 2 Samuel 11:26–12:10, 13-15, Psalm 32, Galatians 2:15-21, Luke 7:36-8:3
Love God
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
What does it means […]

A Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, delivered June 5, 2016, Third Sunday After Pentecost


h1 Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 11:50 am

Readings and Psalm: 1 Kings 17:8-24, Psalm 30, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17  
 
Prayer:
       O God, let the whole world come to see that what was fallen is being raised up, that what was old is being made new, and that all things are being restored to wholeness through the one from whom they first took […]

HOLY TRINITY, Sermon Delivered by the Rev. Michael P. Thomas, May 22, 2016, Trinity Sunday


h1 Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at 10:51 am

Readings and Psalm:  Readings and Psalm: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15
 

You saw the truck trailer out in front today as you came in. Yesterday was the Congregational Breakfast prepared by the Men’s Breakfast team, the loading of 300 or so disaster relief quilts and a similar number of school kits and […]

THIS IS THE DAY, A sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, delivered May 15, 2016, Day of Pentecost and Confirmation


h1 Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 9:16 am

May 15, 2016, Sunday of Pentecost and Confirmation of Michael B.
Readings: Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:14-17, John 14:8-27
 
THIS IS THE DAY
 
Michael, my prayer is to bring some of Gods message especially to you on your Confirmation day. But I’m also preaching to the rest of us, and I’m going to use some of […]

GOD, FOOTLOOSE AND FLUNG, A Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, May 8, 2016


h1 Monday, May 9th, 2016 at 9:57 am

May 8, 2016, Seventh Sunday of Easter
Using Ascension Day texts: Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53
GOD, FOOTLOOSE AND FLUNG
I’d like to point out that you’ve just heard two slightly different descriptions by the same author of Jesus’ ascension into heaven after his resurrection. We heard it in our First […]

DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL? Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Sixth Sunday of Easter and Bread for the World Sunday


h1 Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 7:55 am

Sunday, May 1, 2016, Sixth Sunday of Easter
Readings and Psalm: Acts 16:9-15, Psalm 67, Rev. 21:10, 22-22:5, John 5:1-9.

DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL?

Do you want to be made well?

This is the question Jesus asks the man who has been trying to get to the pool of Bethsaida in Jerusalem. He and others believe […]

HOLDING THINGS TOGETHER, A Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, April 24, 2016, the Fifth Sunday of Easter


h1 Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 6:47 pm

April 24, 2016, Fifth Sunday of Easter
Readings and Psalm:  Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 148, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35
 
 
HOLDING THINGS TOGETHER
 
       This week I’ve been holding together some people and things that ordinarily don’t seem to be connected. For example, the boundary-bending musical artist Prince and our own devoted organist, Liese Shewmaker. These two came together […]

A Sermon by the Rev. Michael P. Thomas, delivered Sunday, April 10th, Third Sunday of Easter


h1 Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 10:20 am

A sermon by the Rev. Michael P. Thomas, Sunday April 10, 2016, Third Sunday of Easter.
Readings and Psalm for for April 10th: Acts 9:1-6(7-20), Psalm 30, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19                                                        

Note as always, the text is what I wrote, but not completely what I said. Sometimes even better than text.         
 
 Prayer

The good news we heard a moment […]

A Sermon Delivered by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016


h1 Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at 9:41 am

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016:  Readings Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Luke 24:1-12
 
“If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
 
When I was a Catechism student, our minister was a recent seminary graduate, someone who was both thoughtful and fun, and who wasn’t afraid to […]

A Sermon Delivered by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, March 13, 2016, Fifth Sunday in Lent


h1 Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 9:23 am

Readings and Psalm: Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8.
 
Prayer
Gracious God, pry open our closed ears and hearts. Make your word of life flow powerfully through us to be poured out lavishly upon the world you love. Amen.
 
         
Listen to these words we just heard from Paul’s letter to the Philippian Christians. Imagine them […]

A Sermon Delivered by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, March 6, 2016, Fourth Sunday in Lent


h1 Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 9:20 am

March 6th Readings and Psalm:  Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.
Prayer
       O Lord, may we arise and bury our envy, stretch out our hands to the ones we have scorned. May we lay down the resentment we harbor, so that all may be well and all may be one.  (Adapted from […]

“Fasting From….Feasting On”


h1 Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 8:05 am

The Gospel of Luke is filled with scenes of Jesus at meals with his disciples, with sinners, tax collectors and prostitutes, with crowds and in intimate settings. He participates in and offers us a feast of life and abundance, with enough for all.
Yet he also calls us to fast. The fast he seeks is a […]

A Sermon by the Rev. Michael P. Thomas, January 17, 2015, Third Sunday after Epiphany


h1 Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 9:57 am

January 17 Readings and Psalm: Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11
 Prayer
 Is. 62:4  You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you and your land shall […]

BELOVED CHILD OF GOD, A Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, January 10, 2016, Baptism of Jesus


h1 Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Readings:  Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Prayer
         Yesterday, a pastor friend of mine [Sandy Olewine] posted a photo that, given its placement and angle, I thought was displaying a stole (like this one that pastors in many churches wear in worship). The words on it proclaimed, “I got this”, and I wondered […]

DANCING WITH WET HEADS, A Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, January 3, 2016, Epiphany


h1 Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 9:56 am

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12
 
Dancing with Wet Heads
       It’s dark and cold and there’s been a long journey into an unfamiliar land. But now as they enter Jerusalem, they feel sure they are in the right place. And so, at Herod’s palace, they ask, “Where is the child who is […]

DISPLACED, a Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, December 24, 2015, Christmas Eve


h1 Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 9:53 am

DISPLACED

PRAYER – O God, on this night of all nights, we give you thanks for the birth of your son, Jesus, the one promised. You are rest for the weary, shelter for the homeless, and home for our hearts. Amen.
 
      I would venture to say that even those of us who come from dysfunctional families are […]

AN ACT OF RESISTANCE, A Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2015


h1 Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at 9:13 am

Readings: Micah 5:2-5a, Psalm 80:1-7, Luke 1:39-55
 
AN ACT OF RESISTANCE
 
Today we sing as an act of resistance.
 
We sing our need, we sing our bowls of tears, we sing our depths of hell, we sing what is broken. We don’t hold back.
 
We put it out there–our longing, our impatience, our deep desire for mending—and, by […]

A FUTURE NOT OUR OWN, A Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, December 6, 2015, Second Sunday of Advent


h1 Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at 10:36 am

Readings for December 6, Second Sunday of Advent Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 (The Benedictus), Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6
 
A Future Not Our Own
      
       I have to begin today with the question that has been so present with me (and probably in various ways with you) during these recent days and months: How are we to […]

COURAGE, A Sermon by Guest Preacher, The Rev. Susan Langle, November 29, 2015, First Sunday of Advent


h1 Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at 10:32 am

November 29th Readings
Courage
So many words about terrorism, vengeance, and grief.  So many words from Presidents, and presidential wannabes.  So many words from military analysts and religious scholars.  So many words about keeping safe, keeping danger away from the ones we love.  And some words about  making a pathway to sanctuary for the little boys and […]

CHRIST THE KING, A Sermon by the Rev. Bob Wohlfort, November 22, 2015, Christ the King Sunday


h1 Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 11:40 am

Readings for Sunday, November 22: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, Psalm 93, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37
                                                                                                   Christ the King
 Most liturgical celebrations of the church are quite old…think Advent, Pentecost, Baptism of Jesus…and, certainly, Christmas and Easter.  Until this past Tuesday when I was meeting with the Lutheran pastors of the New Hampshire conference, I assumed that […]

CALLED TO BE AN OFFERING, A Sermon delivered by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, Sunday, November 8th, Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost


h1 Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 11:20 am

Readings for November 8:  I Kings 17:8-16, Hebrews 9:24-28, Mark 12:38-44

       If you were to read yourself into the story that Mark tells in our gospel text today, where do you think you would you find yourself? [Emilie Townes, Feasting on the Word, Year B]
 
       Would you notice yourself among the ostentatious, self-absorbed religious people […]

GIVING THANKS, A Sermon delivered on Sunday, November 1st, All Saints and Giving Thanks Sunday


h1 Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 11:14 am

All Saints/Giving Thanks Sunday (Stewardship)
Readings:  Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 24, Revelation 21:1-6a, John 11:32-44
Giving Thanks
This is the day we give thanks for Jesus raising the dead to new life,for the saints who have gone before us and the saints who are yet among us.  For ALL the saints with whom God has surrounded us.
Martin Luther gave […]

OUR GREATEST HOPE AND FREEDOM, A Sermon by the Rev. Michael P. Thomas, October 25, 2015, Reformation Sunday and Celebration of the Life of Frances Sherley


h1 Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 10:10 am

October 25, 2015
Reformation Sunday and Celebration of the Life of Frances Sherley        
Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 23, Romans 8:31-39, John 8:31-36
 
OUR GREATEST HOPE AND FREEDOM
 
We’re marking Reformation Sunday today, but what is likely is that many of us are probably more aware that we’re in the Halloween season, the time when we enjoy pretending to be […]

DYING AND RISING WITH CHRIST, A sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, October 18, 2015, Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost and Baptism of Ethan Charles


h1 Sunday, October 18th, 2015 at 9:27 am

October 18, 2015
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost and Baptism of Ethan Charles
Readings:  Psalm 91:9-16, Mark 10:35-45
 
DYING AND RISING WITH CHRIST
 
          Gracious and holy God, give us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you, and patience to wait for you. Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you; eyes to behold you; ears […]

CALLED TO BE A DISCIPLE, A Sermon by Pastor Susan Thomas, October 11, 2015


h1 Monday, October 12th, 2015 at 9:14 am

October 11, 2015
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings:  Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Called to Be a Disciple

          There’s no question about what the prophet Amos, speaking on behalf of God, expects of us. Not to be seduced by riches made on the backs of the poor. To do justice and to speak […]

THE ST. FRANCIS (JESUS?) WAY, A Sermon by the Rev. Michael P. Thomas, October 4, 2015


h1 Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 9:59 am

Readings: Genesis 2:18-24, Psalm 8, Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12, John 1:1-5, 14-18
The St. Francis (Jesus?) Way
Perhaps you’ve seen on Facebook one of those internet videos or a nature program featuring an interspecies friendship—you know, the cat grooming the fox, the dog caring for the baby owl, the whale playing with the dolphin–and experienced […]

LUTHERANS OFFERING THE LONG WELCOME TO NEWCOMERS, Sermon delivered by Linda Hartke, September 27, 2015


h1 Monday, September 28th, 2015 at 9:03 am

Sermon delivered by Linda Hartke at Our Savior Lutheran Church
Refugee Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Readings: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50  
 Lutherans Offering the Long Welcome to Newcomers
Good morning.  What a joy it is to be with you, good people of Our Savior Lutheran Church and visitors.  And what a joy it is […]

PETER’S LITTLE DAUGHTER, A Sermon by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, delivered September 20th, 2015, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost


h1 Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 20, 2015
Readings: Jeremiah 11:18-20, Psalm 54, James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a, Mark 9:30-37
 
PETER’S LITTLE DAUGHTER
 
       So today we have a scene where Jesus’ disciples are arguing together about who is the greatest. Well, no, that’s not quite right. We’re not given that actual full-blown scene—instead, we’re told Jesus intuits what was going […]

JAMES IS FUNNY THAT WAY, A Sermon delivered by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas, 09/13/2015


h1 Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 at 10:30 am

Reading for Sunday, September 13th, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Psalm 116:1-9, James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38

 
JAMES IS FUNNY THAT WAY
 
Prayer–I ask you to hear how the traditional words I often pray before each sermon especially reflect our texts today. Please pray with me: 
      May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our […]

DON’T BE SATISFIED WITH HEARTBREAK, Sermon delivered by the Reverends Susan and Michael Thomas, 09/06/2015


h1 Monday, September 7th, 2015 at 11:45 am

Sunday, September 6, 2015, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7a, Psalm 146, James 2:1-10, 14-17, Mark 7:24-37
 
DON’T BE SATISFIED WITH HEARTBREAK
 
This week we heard and saw poignant evidence of the swelling global refugee crisis and its urgency. It should be impossible to hear the scripture lessons assigned for this Sunday without hearing and seeing that […]

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