Posts tagged “Anxiety

Sermo Dei: Epiphany 1, 2018

Posted on January 7th, 2018

“Look,” says Mary, “Your father and I have sought you anxiously” (Luke 2:41-52, Gospel for Epiphany I). Many of you have experienced anxiety at some time or in some form. That Mary and Joseph knew anxiety is written for our comfort—to know we are not alone—and also for our instruction, to learn how to deal with anxiety. Anxiety is part of the world’s fallen condition. We experience anguish of spirit, mind, and body for all kinds of reasons. You can imagine the anxiety Mary and Joseph had, for much of parenthood is worrying about your children – and losing your little boy in a crowded city would terrify any parent. On top of this is the spiritual responsibility that Mary and Joseph have been…

Sermo Dei: IC Chapel Service

Posted on September 19th, 2016

Matthew 6:24-34 LCMS International Center Chapel Matins, September 9, 2016 In the beginning, “What shall we eat?” was a question answered by God: “All these trees are food for you.” “What shall we wear?” was a question unconsidered. For the man and his wife were naked and without shame. They had nothing to hide, from each other or God; no impure thought or desire entered their minds. Clothes protect us from cold and frost, sun and wind, the teeth and venom of insects and animals. But our first parents had no need for such protection. They played as children, without care, without anxiety. Then they set aside the Word of God, and the questions, “What shall we eat?” and “What shall we drink?” and…

Sermo Dei: Trinity 15, 2016

Posted on September 6th, 2016

Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity September 4, 2016 Matthew 6.24-34 Worship doesn’t only happen in church. Everything is worship, service, attachment. Go to a football stadium, and you will see throngs of worshippers. As a Christian wears a cross, so the worshippers at the stadium are clad in expensive garments bearing the symbols of their gods. There is a liturgy, with a hymn for the local gods and an anthem of allegiance to the civil religion. I don’t mean to pick on football. Worship, service, attachment are everywhere. Actors, musicians, politicians all have their names chanted, and receive offerings. Our phones have become objects of worship. We must always be touching them, always staring at them. Forget it at home, and there is a crisis.…

Sermo Dei: Trinity 15

Posted on September 30th, 2014

St. Matthew 6:24-34 September 28, 2014 Last Sunday in New York City thousands gathered for what was dubbed the People’s Climate March. Writing in the New Yorker, organizer Bill McKibben identified what was driving the participants: “I’ve always thought that … climate change caused a peculiar combination of deep dread and a sense of powerlessness. We area, after all, so small compared to physics” (Sept. 22, 2014). Deep dread, and a sense of powerlessness. We are small, and forces arrayed against us, dangerous and capricious, loom large. That’s anxiety. Some experience it over a fear that the climate is changing. Others over disease raving a continent. Immigration. Militant Islam. Your mother-in-law. It works by gripping our memory. When Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “Do not…

[Sermo Dei] Trinity 15

Posted on September 23rd, 2013

“Do not worry” – Matthew 6:24-34. Preached at Immanuel on September 8, 2013 If you have anxiety, you are not alone. With His Words today, our Lord acknowledges your anxieties. He does not promise that the life of His disciples will be free of trouble; He says, “Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Most days do have trouble. It has been this way almost from the beginning. “What shall we eat?” and “What shall we wear?” are questions stemming from the Fall (man’s fall into sin). In the beginning, “What shall we eat?” was a question answered by God: “All these trees are food for you.” “What shall we wear?” was a question unconsidered. For the man and his wife were naked and without…

Trinity 15 sermon

Posted on September 12th, 2010

Matthew 6.24-34 I spent the summer of 1994 in Baltimore, and when the Pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Baltimore went on vacation, I would check on his house and feed his dog Oliver. One day, I came upon a burglary in progress. (It turns out Oliver wasn’t much of a guard dog.) Fortunately the burglar was more interested in escaping than hurting me, but the experience nevertheless terrified me. A few years later, when I was a pastor in Illinois, my wife Kassie came home to find our back door smashed in. We think her driving up frightened the burglar off, so we only lost one thing that was valuable, but it really shook us both up. When I’m gone on vacation,…