Posts tagged “Rogate

Sermo Dei: Rogate 2015

Posted on May 10th, 2015

God doesn’t need our advice. He knows what you need. So why does He command us to pray? God commands us to pray not so that He will know what you need, but so you will. We really only have one prayer, and the first words of that prayer drive us back to our identity. Saying Our Father reminds us that we have a Father to whom we are accountable, but also a Father who promises to hear us, provide for us, protect us. Little children need to check in with their parents regularly. It may be just a quick hug – “pick me up and then immediately put me down again” – but they need that connection and reassurance that everything’s okay. I suppose…

Sermo Dei: Rogate 2014

Posted on May 25th, 2014

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!   This morning we take up a topic with a dirty word. I’m sorry, but I must use it, although it causes reviling, provoking angry and bitter responses. I console myself that since Luther used earthy language of the common man, I too may be bold. So cover the ears of your children, and steady yourselves, for the dirty word is: Religion. Nobody wants to be religious today, and the original meaning of the term perhaps reveals why. The word means to be bound to something, and thus to be obedient. The modern spirit cannot bear the idea of being bound to anything, for we wish to be free and autonomous, laws unto ourselves. Yet…

[Sermo Dei] Rogate: Praying with Jesus (John 16:23-33)

Posted on May 5th, 2013

“In the world you will have tribulation.” Hardly surprising information to anyone who has lived a little while in this broken, fallen world. Yet there is comfort in acknowledging it: “In the world you will have tribulation.” If Jesus says this to His holy Apostles, should we expect things for us to be smooth sailing, success and perfection? In the world you will have tribulation – and thus we find tribulation, trouble and turmoil, everywhere we turn. And wherever the Gospel of Jesus is preached, there especially will be tribulation. The longer we follow Jesus as a disciple, the closer we draw near to Him, the greater the tribulation in our own heart, in our own mind, in our own flesh, in our own…

Rogate 2011

Posted on June 1st, 2011

May 28, 2011 +++ John 16:23-33 We live in constant danger. Not from the dangers that the news unceasingly warns us about – the threats to our health, the scams to take away our money, all the dangerous and scary people that do not look or think like us. No, these are not the dangers that the Word of God warns us of. For there are things far more deadly than cancer or muggings or losing your life’s savings. Do not fear what can destroy your body; rather, fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. The people of Israel did not fear God, but grumbled about their food. Think of it! They were more worried about the menu than…

Rogate

Posted on May 17th, 2009

Lessons for Rogate: Numbers 21.4-9; James 1.22-27; John 16.23-33   “Whatever you ask,” says Our Lord.  What do you want?  What do you lack that would make you happy?  And if you had it, would it truly make you content?  “Whatever you ask,” says Our Lord.  What do you want? What we want is often very far removed from what we need.  Earthly desires captivate our hearts, and our eyes are fixed on carnal things.  Our anxious minds, our grumbling mouths reveal our failure to trust God to supply all those things that are needful for us.  Thus it was with the children of Israel.  They were discouraged.  They complained.  “Why have you brought us … to die in the wilderness?”  “Our soul loathes…