Sermon

June 16 – In Search of a Simple Faith

[Jesus said:] “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16 About the AuthorSteve Albers is a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and Associate Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.     Like on Facebook  Follow on Twitter  Follow on Instagram

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June 9 – Focus, or: Decluttering the Mind

Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”  Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”  Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:  “Fellow Jews and all o you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.  These people are not drunk, as you suppose.  It’s only nine in the morning!  No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:  “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.  Even on

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June 2 – Patience, or: How to Stop a Train

The faster you’re moving, the harder it is to stop.  Between stacked calendars and never-ending to do lists, family to take care of and careers to balance, there’s not much time to just. sit. and. wait.  Before Jesus ascends into heaven; before he tells his disciples to Go! he tells them to Stay. To refuse to act until God does.  He tells them to wait.  This Sunday, we’ll talk through why and how… (Acts 1:4-8) About the AuthorJosh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and Senior Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.      

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May 26 – The Lord Listens

The Lord had had enough of His people’s constant whining and complaining, so He sent a bevy of snakes as both a punishment and a reminder of who’s in charge.  They repented.  There’s nothing like repentance to stir the soul of faith.  The Lord listens to the beat of our hearts and listens to our cries of contrition and confession.  For the people, He had Moses erect a large snake on a pole – it looked an awfully lot like a cross – and anyone who would look at it would live.  The message is as sure as it’s always been: Take notice of God and our commitment and relationship to the Lord, and then look, and live, in the promise

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May 19 – This Work in Progress

Though we can’t keep the birds from flying over our heads, we can likely prevent them from building a nest in our hair.  This weekend, we’ll explore the mindful work of God as the Spirit guides our emotional compasses toward transformation and peace.  Chances are pretty good we’re already there… (John 16:12-13) About the AuthorJosh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and Senior Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.       Like on Facebook Follow on Twitter  Follow on Instagram

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May 12 – Worship: In Pursuit of Happiness

It’s usually just a few yards away. Refracted waves of sunlight that bounce of the sand and project just like water. Happiness is a mirage that looks always just a few adjustments away until we chase it down and realize it’s still just out of reach. We’ll be happy once we just get through this season of life and into the next one? This Sunday, we’ll listen to the mindful presence of Jesus; giving us peace and happiness in the messy here and now. (John 16:16-20) About the AuthorJosh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and Senior Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in

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May 5 – Worthy of Worship

This Sunday, we’ll begin the observance of our 180th anniversary as a congregation with a “Festival of Song.”  Using Revelation language, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain o receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise” (5:12) In the best and worst of times our God is worthy of our worship, worthy to receive all that we have and are, because our Lord loves us more than we can describe and imagine. About the AuthorSteve Albers is a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and Associate Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood of St.

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April 28 – Even Though We Doubt

It’s not enough for us to know things mentally. Hypothetically. Facts and historical data buried in the recesses of memory.  If we’re going to be honest about our need for Emotional Knowlege, Holistic Integration of the things that change who we are, we’re going to have to come to terms with our deep-seated Doubts about God, and about ourselves.  This messages tears down the sometimes-idol of “our strong faith,” and uncovers how the God of all faithfulness answers us when we doubt… (John 20:24-28, 2 Timothy 2:13) ________________________________About the AuthorJosh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and Senior Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry

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April 21 – God in the Graveyard

God works all things for the good of those who are loved by him. That’s the promise, difficult as it is to hold on to while you’re standing among the tombstones. This message explores the nearness of God in resurrection and in death; that we might recognize the Spirit in seasons of blessing and when God is hidden in the graveyard… (John 20:14-15) ________________________________About the AuthorJosh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and Senior Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.     Like on Facebook Follow on Twitter   Follow on Instagram

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April 14 – Everything Short of Perfection

Expectations.  A crowd of thousands shout hosanna and lay their palm branches at the feet of Jesus as he rides into Jerusalem balancing humility and power on a donkey’s colt.  Don’t you wonder what they expected in the days to come?  Perfection is the enemy of Improvement, of Better-ment. Of Transformation.  This Sunday, we’ll follow the cross-borne footsteps of our Suffering Savior, reframing his life and ours as everything short of perfection. (Luke 19:28-38) ________________________________About the AuthorJosh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and Senior Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.   Like on

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