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Saint Athanasius Lutheran Church in Vienna, Virginia is a parish in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church and a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Worship at St. Athanasius is according to the historical Liturgy of the Church. Services at St. Athanasius are not designed for entertainment or sensation, but to prepare broken repentant sinners to receive these gifts of Word and Sacrament, and to know the truth of the incomparable riches of the grace showered on us by our gracious and loving Heavenly Father. In this weekly podcast, we present the sermons preached by our pastor, Reverend James Douthwaite.

Saint Athanasius Lutheran Church Reverend James Douthwaite

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Saint Athanasius Lutheran Church in Vienna, Virginia is a parish in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church and a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Worship at St. Athanasius is according to the historical Liturgy of the Church. Services at St. Athanasius are not designed for entertainment or sensation, but to prepare broken repentant sinners to receive these gifts of Word and Sacrament, and to know the truth of the incomparable riches of the grace showered on us by our gracious and loving Heavenly Father. In this weekly podcast, we present the sermons preached by our pastor, Reverend James Douthwaite.

    To Fulfill All Righteousness

    To Fulfill All Righteousness

    He looked just like them. Like all the other Tom, Dick, and Harrys going out to be baptized by this John in the Jordan. He walked like them, talked like them, and dressed like them. He was one of them. Like all of them. So they didn't take too much notice of Him. But then His turn came for the baptism. John... he seemed reluctant. Just another baptism.... until it wasn't. It seemed almost like heaven was reaching down to earth, right there, right then, on Him! Because it was. That's exactly what baptism is. The joining of heaven an earth. Heaven reaching down to earth.

    • 17 min
    Who Sought Who?

    Who Sought Who?

    Epiphany. Wise Men. The star. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh. You know the story. It's part of the Christmas story we all know so well. Doting shepherds and wealthy wise men gazing at the child. The thing about Epiphany, though, is that baby the shepherds and wise men are looking at -- that's God! God in the flesh. Hod here in the world. And for us today, it's not in seeing the pint-sized Jesus in the manger, but in seeing the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God on the cross and in the grave. That you be wise men, wise women, and wise children. By His Word.

    • 17 min
    God with Us

    God with Us

    God with us. That's how it was meant to be. But something had gone horribly wrong. His children no longer wanted Him there with them. And so God with us... that was no longer good news. Except it still was. They just didn't know it. God with us. There may not be a better phrase that sumes up Christmas than that. And so how it was meant to be, God has made it again. God is with us. In Adam there was a great change. In Jesus, an even greater one. This Christmas, think about that. God with us. God with you. Good news and great joy indeed!

    • 16 min
    Yes! He Is the One

    Yes! He Is the One

    Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another? The Jewish leaders said no. You, Jesus, are not the one. The Romans said no. We have our own gods. But for twenty centuries now, the Church has answered yes! Jesus is the one. Jesus in the one who was, who is, and who is to come. And the Church has taken this message into the world. That is our joy this day. And so we lit the rose-colored candle on the Advent Wreath -- the joy candle. To remind us that the answer to John's question -- are you the coming one? is a resounding, yes!

    • 15 min
    A Perfect Christmas

    A Perfect Christmas

    This is the season of hopes, wishes, and dreams. Of getting something for Christmas that you would like very much. But one wish I hear more than any other -- and it usually comes from older folks -- is the wish that this year, this Christmas, will be like it used to be. Not so busy, not so filled with cares and concerns. Simpler. More joyful. Well a simpler, more joyful Christmas is what John the Baptist wants for you, too. And it's why he was sent. Not to treat the symptoms in our lives, but the problem in our hearts. And his prescription is this: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    • 15 min
    No Christmas?!

    No Christmas?!

    So, whaddya think? Just skip Christmas this year? Forget the whole thing. Call it off. The reality, or the possibility of it, is the reason, in fact, for this season of Advent which we begin today. This season, these four weeks before Christmas, aren't here to get us ready to celebrate Christmas, but to prepare us not to. To prepare us for if there is no Christmas this year, and for that possibility to fill us not with sadness, but with joy! Because when the King comes back, when Jesus comes back, it will be for us a day of unrivaled joy.

    • 14 min

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