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Sermons@FLC Pr. Jon Niketh

    • Religion & Spirituality

Sermons and music

    Sermon: A Spiritual Coming of Age - Second Sunday in Lent (A)

    Sermon: A Spiritual Coming of Age - Second Sunday in Lent (A)

    Sermon: A Spiritual Coming of Age - Second Sunday in Lent (A) by Pr. Jon Niketh

    • 11 min
    Sermon: Listen to Your Longing - First Sunday in Lent (A)

    Sermon: Listen to Your Longing - First Sunday in Lent (A)

    Pr. Jon Niketh, preaching

    Today's gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This teaching focus on the meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Hungry for God’s mercy, we receive the bread of life to nourish us for the days ahead.

    Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
    Eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
    Psalm 32
    Mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord. (Ps. 32:10)
    Romans 5:12-19
    Death came through one; life comes through one
    Matthew 4:1-11
    The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days

    • 12 min
    Sermon: Rend Your Hearts - Ash Wednesday

    Sermon: Rend Your Hearts - Ash Wednesday

    Pr. Jon Niketh, preaching

    On Ash Wednesday we begin our forty-day journey toward Easter with a day of fasting and repentance. Marking our foreheads with dust, we acknowledge that we die and return to the earth. At the same time, the dust traces the life-giving cross indelibly marked on our foreheads at baptism. While we journey through Lent to return to God, we have already been reconciled to God through Christ. We humbly pray for God to make our hearts clean while we rejoice that “now is the day of salvation.” Returning to our baptismal call, we more intentionally bear the fruits of mercy and justice in the world.

    • 9 min
    Sermon: Face to Face - Transfiguration of Our Lord (A)

    Sermon: Face to Face - Transfiguration of Our Lord (A)

    Pr. Jon Niketh, preaching

    Today’s festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On a high mountain Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem. We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside the alleluia at the conclusion of today’s liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season of Lent and will be sung again at Easter.

    Exodus 24:12-18
    Moses enters the cloud of God’s glory on Mount Sinai
    2 Peter 1:16-21
    The apostle’s message confirmed on the mount of transfiguration
    Matthew 17:1-9
    Revelation of Christ as God’s beloved Son

    • 10 min
    Sermon: On Calling a Thing What It Is - Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (A)

    Sermon: On Calling a Thing What It Is - Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (A)

    Pr. Jon Niketh, preaching

    In today’s reading from Deuteronomy we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of today’s gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting in life and health for the whole community. We too are invited to embrace these commandments, not out of fear of retribution, but because God has promised that to do so means life for us.

    Deuteronomy 30:15-20
    Choose life
    1 Corinthians 3:1-9
    God gives the growth
    Matthew 5:21-37
    The teaching of Christ: forgiveness

    • 13 min
    Sermon: Pass the Salt - Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (A)

    Sermon: Pass the Salt - Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (A)

    Pr. Jon Niketh, preaching

    Light shines in the darkness for the upright, the psalmist sings. Isaiah declares that when we loose the bonds of injustice and share our bread with the hungry, the light breaks forth like the dawn. In another passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the light of the world, calls his followers to let the light of their good works shine before others. Through baptism we are sent into the world to shine with the light of Christ.

    Isaiah 58:1-9a [9b-12]
    The fast God chooses
    Psalm 112:1-9
    Light shines in the darkness for the upright. (Ps. 112:4)
    1 Corinthians 2:1-12
    God’s wisdom revealed through the Spirit
    Matthew 5:13-20
    The teaching of Christ: salt and light

    • 12 min

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