Sermon

August 18 – Over Cause & Effect

There’s something satisfying about watching a string of dominos fall over on each other.  It gives us a sense that the world might be predictable, that the effects we navigate might have a cause behind them.  If we can understand then we can predict, and if we predict we can avoid, and if we can’t avoid, we can at least know what to blame.  This weekend, we’ll encounter the God who doesn’t show his anger by punishing us, the one who shows his love by suffering with us. (Luke 13:1-4) 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

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August 10 – Because We’ve Lived This Life Before

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:14-16 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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August 4 – Because We Have Names

After the great seven-stanza hymn of creation, the early painters of Genesis move closer to home with another perspective on the beginning.  One that’s a bit closer, a little nearer and more intimate.  God breathes into our nostrils.  He has a name and so do we.  This Sunday, we’ll explore how we are and how we came to be as a humanity living to be loved by the God of Creation. (Genesis 2:4-7) 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

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July 28 – Reclaiming a Balanced Life

“The Sabbath is a gift for over-scheduled people,” Jesus says in Mark 2:27.  It’s the freedom to say “enough” in response to too many demands on our time and too much emphasis on what we produce.  This Sunday, we’ll explore the gift of Sabbath, and uncover a few practical ways to reclaim a peaceful, restful life of balance. (Deuteronomy 5:1, 12-15) 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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June 30 – The Ruins of Shattered Walls

When you see a gate somewhere along a fence-line, it’s a signal of welcome vulnerability. A fluidity. People can pass through from one side to the other. Walls don’t work that way.  Walls are permanent.  They insist on a non-negotiable divide between people based on whatever prejudice can masquerade as piety.  Overflowing from the mystical core of the Gospel of Jesus – that God has broken down the dividing wall between himself and humanity – is the shattered ruin of every wall that stands between God’s people and one another.  (Ephesians 2:14-15) 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

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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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