Come to the Waters: An Invitation to Baptism

As Lutherans we rejoice when people of any age, from infancy to old age, are brought to the waters of baptism. We affirm that it is God’s grace, not our will, acting in this sacrament. That in these waters God makes visible what has remained hidden from us and the world around us: that we are created, redeemed and sustained by a loving God who answers our violence and sin with forgiveness, grace and love. As we walk with adults who are preparing to receive the sacrament of baptism, we find our own faith strengthened and renewed.

Sermon: Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany: Sunday, February 9, 2014

Let’s Get Salty! …or The Truth About Ourselves by Chris Michaelis Texts: Isaiah 58:1-12 + Psalm 112:1-9 + 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 + Matthew 5:13-20 “You are salt.” “You are light.” These are pretty appropriate words for us to hear today in the midst of one of one of the worst winters in recent Chicago memory, right? A couple more hours of daylight would

Sermon: Sunday, December 8, 2013: Second Sunday of Advent

Life in the Wilderness by Chris Michaelis Texts:  Isaiah 11:1-10  +  Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19  +  Romans 15:4-13  +  Matthew 3:1-12 One of my favorite poets is Henry David Thoreau. He is one of the United States’ best known authors and he spent both a considerable amount of time out in nature and an equally considerable

Sermon: "My God Gave Dignity to Me"

by Drew Rindfleisch Three days ago, fifteen of us with SOUL – Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation – stood trial for engaging in civil disobedience this last October.  We demonstrated against the foreclosure crisis that has left millions of individuals and families without homes and in serious financial debt. Economic injustices continue as big