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Sermons by Rev. Dr. Les Martin

Easter 5

Rev. Dr. Les Martin Easter 5 2024Rev. Dr. Les MartinActs 8:26–40, John 14:15-21 This Easter, we have been looking at the transformed understanding of the disciples brought about by the encounter with presence of and teaching of the risen Jesus in their midst. This transformation turns frightened followers into apostles, witnesses of Jesus who are sent out on mission and turn simple…

Easter – Resurrection Day

Easter 2024Rev. Dr. Les MartinMark 16:1-8 In the name of the living God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. They were afraid. It doesn’t sound like much of an Easter message. The Gospel we have today is the traditional reading for Easter in the old western lectionary. But honestly, it just doesn’t seem to have much of an Easter…

Lent 1

Lent 1 2024Rev. Dr. Les MartinMark 1:9-13 Did we in our own strength confide our striving would be losing.Were not the right man on our side,The man of God’s own choosingDost ask who that may be?Christ Jesus, it is he and he must win the battle. This year marks my 37th Lent since I became a practicing Christian. And if I’ve learned…

Candlemas

Rev. Dr. Les Martin Candlemas 2024Rev. Dr. Les MartinLuke 2:22–40 In the name of the living God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Man. It was known as the Second Temple that they came to that day. The first Temple built by Solomon in the year 1000, had been destroyed by the Babylonians in the year 586. And they did…

True and False Teaching

Rev. Dr. Les Martin Epiphany 4 2024Rev. Dr. Les MartinMark 1:21-28 The town of Capernaum, Matthew 4:13 tells us, becomes Jesus base of operations. He moves there from Nazareth. Being an observant Jew, he frequents the synagogue there. In today’s Gospel, he is teaching there. That’s the crux of the whole story that he teaches and acts with authority. Mark being Mark…

Christmas Eve 2023

Rev. Dr. Les Martin Christmas Eve 2023Rev. Dr. Les Martin In the name of the living God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. A little town of Bethlehem how still we see the lie. When I think of it, Bethlehem is kind of hazy. Looking through the windows of probably faux snow painted on, and the palm trees because…

The End and the Beginning

The End and The BeginningAdvent 1, 2023Rev. Dr. Les Martin In the name of the living God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. We begin Advent today a season of preparation for the coming of the Lord. For those of you who are new to the liturgical tradition, you just need to know a couple of things small before…

The Law of Jesus

Rev. Dr. Les Martin Pentecost +23Rev. Dr. Les MartinMatthew 23:1-12 I am resolved to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified in the name of the living God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen. As a young priest in the pre-internet age, I was often looking for direction that would stick with me. And so for…