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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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April 7 – Love as Connection to God

God is a verb.  A relationship.  When a river is disconnected from its source, its water becomes stagnant; it becomes toxic and unable to support the ecosystem that depends on it.  In order for streams and souls to stay healthy, they have to be connected to the wellspring that gives them life.  This Sunday, we’ll dive into the many ways we stay connected to the Source of all that is; the One God who wants us to know Him, and to be awakened to the reality that we are deeply loved by Him. (John 8:54-55) Insert Text ________________________________About the AuthorJosh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and Senior Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open

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March 31 – Life in Balance

It seems like an oversimplification, particularly when we’re being pulled a thousand different directions all at once.  For days that are already over-stretched, any sense of spiritual practice can seem like just another empty checkbox on an already over-crowded to-do list.  This week, we’ll devote ourselves to the calm balance of life together with each other and life in solitude with God. (Acts 2:42) ________________________________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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March 24 – Shadow of a Doubt

Doubt.  Ingrained in us through human experience, unmet expectations and constant disappointment.  We doubt our leaders.  We doubt each other.  We doubt our faith.  And well we should, fragile as it is; our faith is as inconstant as we ourselves or anybody else.  This weekend, we’ll talk honestly and openly about our doubts, and the real meaning of faith; the gentle bargain of God that happens as we sleep… (Genesis 15:7-18) ________________________________ 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

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March 17 – Ghosted by God?

Hit the send button and your text message, DM, email floats out into the universe.  Hours go by. Days. Weeks.  You begin to wonder if your message went through, wonder if it was ever read, or if you’re just being ignored. Ghosted.  This Sunday, we’ll examine our “answered” and “unanswered” prayers; our needs we float out into God.  After the days go by. Seasons. Years. We begin to wonder if we’re being ghosted by God? (Matthew 15:21-28) ________________________________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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March 10 – How Resilient Are We?

March 10 - How Resilient Are We?

Listen to Sermon Audio We live in a world filled with all sorts of enticements and seductions, pleasing to whet the appetites of all sorts of unholy pleasures.  And so we pray, “Lord, through your patient, persevering love, keep us from that which will hurt us, or others, or, mostly, you.”  From all the times we have fallen into temptation, Jesus has redeemed us.  God’s presence and power remain with us and within us every hour we live on this earth, until that eternal time when there shall be no sin surrounding us.  – Matthew 4:1-11 ________________________________About the AuthorSteve Albers is a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and Assisting Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring,

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March 3 – Assigning Blame, or Better

March 3 - Assigning Blame, or Better

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this

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February 24 – Peace with Unsolvable Problems

February 24 - Peace with Unsolvable Problems

Listen to Sermon Audio Not all of our problems are solvable. We can’t control the behavior of people we love. Not all sickness is curable. Not every season of life lends itself to sitting at your favorite coffee shop with a book for two hours before spending the day at the zoo… all with perfectly behaved children. This Sunday, we’ll explore the strength of God perfected in total weakness – Christ’s weakness and ours – and find peace with our unsolvable problems. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But

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February 17 – A Touch of Transcendence

February 17 - A Touch of Transcendence

Listen to Sermon Audio A lot of Christ lies between Christmas and Easter, and right in the middle lies the Transcendent event of the Transfiguration. A glimpse of the Divine. Jesus’ face shining like the sun. Garments bright as light. A voice from heaven saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him.” The transcendent God that can’t be put into a box, yet stands close as a friend, saying, “Get up. Don’t be afraid…” After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as

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February 3 – It Takes a Storm

February 3 - It Takes a Storm

Listen to Sermon Audio It takes a storm sometimes to shatter our illusions of control, both over the direction of our life and over the love that God shows for all of his children. The wind starts to blow and the waves start to crash and we become aware of the One who creates and controls our world. Through Jonah, the Scriptures begin the universal expansion of God’s unending, unlimited, unqualified love. The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he

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