I'm Rev. Eric Wolf, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Sudbury, MA (https://www.stjohnsudburyma.org), and the sermons preached there, and a few other thoughts as they might seem relevant, or maybe smart remarks related to ministry and life. I believe strongly that the task of preaching is to use the passages from Scripture as a mirror held up to our lives so that we can confront what we see with integrity. This mirror image helps us to understand what it means to be Children of God; gain perspective of what it means that our primary citizenship and allegiance belongs to God’s Kingdom; and discover how the love of God transforms what we see in the mirror when we look at ourselves, the people in our lives, and the world that God so loves.
The Nearness (Mark 1:14-20)
Jesus leaves the wilderness and comes to the city to declare, "Time's up! The kingdom of God has come near, so repent and believe the good news!". But the good news about what? What's so good about this news, anyway, in a world beset by greed, anger,...
Come & See (Mark 1 4-11)
Can anything good come out of this place?Can anything good come out of me?Jesus answers by inviting us into the heart and mind of God so we can see in us what God sees.
All Saints: A Ghost Story (Mark 5)
A different Gospel for this day because this text grew on me this week. All Saints is a day when we commemorate the joyous hope of the resurrection, remember those we love and have lost, and ponder the mystery that God is present at all times and places.
A Mountain Story Worth Hearing (LCOR, Foxboro Pentecost 20A)
Jesus held a coin struck with the face of the Emperor and an impossible questions from the good church folks, who knew that whatever he answered would get him in trouble: either with the the crowds who resented spending a dime in taxes to their Roman...
Life in the Shadow of Death, Third Week of Social Distancing (Lent 5,)
We hear a story of Ezekiel, who found himself brought to a valley of dry bones by the Spirit of the Lord and asked the question, "mortal, can these bones live?".We hear of the death of Lazarus, and witness Jesus meeting Martha and then Mary in the road...
Scripture & Sermon Only: The Second Sunday of Social Distancing (also Lent 4A)
Phil, Sergey, & Pastor Eric gathered for worship this morning. This is for those who aren’t able to attend worship in person. What do we do when everything is crazy and we don't know which way to turn? We give thanks that even when everything has...