Sermon

October 13 – Stairways That Only Go Upward

The universe itself leads us into humility. Every milestone we reach reveals another that’s just out of reach. Into our culture of perpetual upward mobility, Jesus speaks the word “Enough” both into and over us: There is enough. I am enough. You are enough.(Luke 14:1, 7-14) 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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September 29 – A Fascination of Angels

They’re not mentioned often in the Scriptures, but when they are it’s usually with other-worldly fascination.  Angels.  Messengers of God and witnesses of the unpredictable movement of God’s Spirit.  This Sunday, we’ll explore our fascination with these deeply spiritual enigmas of creation, and find commonality in our calling along with them. (Revelation 12:7-12) 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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September 22 – If Anything Passes for Normal

If Anything Passes for NormalWe’re all products of a tremendous variety of human experience.  The way we think, the way we respond, the way we interact with each other, our whole way of being is formed by the history of our interactions with the world; none of which are exactly the same as anyone else’s.  This Sunday, we’ll look at the normalizing, restorative work of God in community-building.  None of us are abnormal to the one who created us. 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

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September 1 – The Space Between Sacred & Not

What sets the sacred things apart?  If there are places and practices; if there are people who are holy than surely we know ourselves well enough to know where we do and don’t belong?  Never one to shy away from turning the world upside down on itself, Jesus tells a parable in Luke 18 that crumples our distinctions of sacred things and not… Which then begs the question we’ll dive into this weekend: If every space is holy… (Luke 18:9-14) 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

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August 25 – God Who Is Beyond Us

Drawing on Jeremiah’s rhetorical questions, we find three aspects of God’s character that distinguish God from all humanity.  God who is mighty and majestic control of all life; of our life, no matter how hard we might try or invincible we may think we are, no one can manipulate God’s infinite plan for the world. (Jeremiah 23:16-24) 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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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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