Sermons

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
The Lord’s spirit comes upon seventy elders
Psalm 19:7-14
The commandment of the Lord gives light to the eyes. (Ps. 19:8)
James 5:13-20
Prayer and anointing in the community
Mark 9:38-50
Warnings to those who obstruct faith

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 11:18-20 
The prophet led like a lamb to slaughter
Psalm 54 
God is my helper; it is the Lord who sustains my life. (Ps. 54:4)
James 3:13–4:3, 7-8a 
The wisdom from above
Mark 9:30-37 
Prediction of the passion

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 50:4-9a 
The servant is vindicated by God
Psalm 116:1-9 
I will walk in the presence of the Lord. (Ps. 116:9)
James 3:1-12 
Dangers of the unbridled tongue
Mark 8:27-38 
Peter’s confession of faith

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 
Joshua calls all Israel to serve the Lord
Psalm 34:15-22 
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous. (Ps. 34:15)
Ephesians 6:10-20 
Put on the armor of God
John 6:56-69 
The bread of eternal life

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost / Mary, Mother of Our Lord

Proverbs 9:1-6 
Invited to dine at wisdom’s feast
Psalm 34:9-14 
Those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good. (Ps. 34:10)
Ephesians 5:15-20 
Filled with the Spirit, sing thanks to God
John 6:51-58 
Christ the true food and drink

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 19:4-8
Elijah given bread for his journey
Psalm 34:1-8
Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Ps. 34:8)
Ephesians 4:25–5:2
Put away evil, live in love
John 6:35, 41-51
Christ, the bread of life

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
The Lord gives manna in the wilderness
Psalm 78:23-29
God rained down manna from heaven; so mortals ate the bread of angels. (Ps. 78:24, 25)
Ephesians 4:1-16
Maintain the unity of the faith
John 6:24-35
Christ the bread of life

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Kings 4:42-44 
Elisha feeding a hundred people
Psalm 145:10-18 
You open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. (Ps. 145:16)
Ephesians 3:14-21 
Prayer for wisdom, strength, and Christ’s indwelling
John 6:1-21 
Christ feeding the five thousand

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 7:7-15 
The sign of the plumb line: God’s judgment on Israel
Psalm 85:8-13 
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying. (Ps. 85:8)
Ephesians 1:3-14 
Chosen in Christ to live to the praise of God’s glory
Mark 6:14-29 
The death of John the Baptist

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Happy Fourth of July!
Today’s lectionary texts are about bearing witness and what that can look like. We have no video for you today, instead, I invite you to read the texts below and remember your camp days. How did you see others bear witness to God in the camps of your childhood or how did you bear witness? Often, camp is where we experience God and learn a lot about Jesus and maybe that is because we are received just as we are, making new friends, and not having to look or be a certain way.

Introduction
Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that they will be dependent on how others receive them. When we are sent from the assembly to witness and to heal, we are asked to be vulnerable, to be dependent on the reception of others. The Spirit always operates in the “between”: between Jesus and his Abba, between Jesus and us, between you and me, between us and those to whom we are sent.


Readings and Psalm
Ezekiel 2:1-5
Psalm 123 2
Corinthians 12:2-10 (God’s power made perfect in weakness)
Mark 6:1-13 (Sending of the Twelve to preach and heal)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Lamentations 3:22-33
Great is the Lord’s faithfulness
Psalm 30
I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up. (Ps. 30:1)
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Excel in generosity, following the Lord Jesus
Mark 5:21-43
Christ healing a woman and Jairus’s daughter

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Job 38:1-11
The creator of earth and sea
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
You stilled the storm and silenced the waves of the sea. (Ps. 107:29)
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Paul’s defense of his ministry
Mark 4:35-41
Christ calming the sea

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Ezekiel 17:22-24 
The sign of the cedar, planted on the mountain of Israel
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 
The righteous shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon. (Ps. 92:12)
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17 
In Christ, a new creation
Mark 4:26-34 
The parable of the mustard seed

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 3:8-15
God confronts Adam and Eve in the garden
Psalm 130
Wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love. (Ps. 130:7)
2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1
Renewed in the inner nature
Mark 3:20-35
Doing the work of God as brothers and sisters of Christ

The Holy Trinity

Isaiah 6:1-8
Isaiah’s vision and call
Psalm 29
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. (Ps. 29:2)
Romans 8:12-17
Living by the Spirit
John 3:1-17
Entering the reign of God through water and the Spirit

Day of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21
Filled with the Spirit to tell God’s deeds
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. (Ps. 104:30)
Romans 8:22-27
Praying with the Spirit
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Christ sends the Spirit of truth

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:44-48
The Spirit poured out on the Gentiles
Psalm 98
Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands. (Ps. 98:4)
1 John 5:1-6
The victory of faith
John 15:9-17
Christ the friend and lover

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26-40
Philip teaches and baptizes an Ethiopian
Psalm 22:25-31
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord. (Ps. 22:27)
1 John 4:7-21
God’s love perfected in love for one another
John 15:1-8
Christ the vine

Forth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:5-12 
Salvation in the name of Jesus
Psalm 23 
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. (Ps. 23:1)
1 John 3:16-24 
Love in truth and action
John 10:11-18 
Christ the shepherd

Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:12-19
Health and forgiveness through the risen Jesus
Psalm 4
The Lord does wonders for the faithful. (Ps. 4:3)
1 John 3:1-7
The revealing of the children of God
Luke 24:36b-48
Eating with the risen Christ

Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35 
The believers’ common life
Psalm 133 
How good and pleasant it is to live together in unity. (Ps. 133:1)
1 John 1:1–2:2 
Walking in the light
John 20:19-31 
Beholding the wounds of the risen Christ

Easter Sunday – Sermon by Bishop Constanze Hagmaier

  • Acts 10:34-43 
    God raised Jesus on the third day
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 
    This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 
    Witnesses to the risen Christ
  • Mark 16:1-8 
    The resurrection of Jesus is announced, and the response is one of terror and amazement.

Palm / Passion Sunday


Mark 11:1-11 
Jesus enters Jerusalem


Readings and Psalm
Isaiah 50:4-9a 
The servant of the Lord submits to suffering
Psalm 31:9-16 
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. (Ps. 31:5)
Philippians 2:5-11 
Humbled to the point of death on a cross
Mark 14:1–15:47 
The passion of the Lord

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34
A new covenant written on the heart
Psalm 51:1-12
Create in me a clean heart, O God. (Ps. 51:10)
Hebrews 5:5-10
Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation
John 12:20-33
The grain of wheat dying in the earth

Forth Sunday in Lent

Numbers 21:4-9
The lifting up of the serpent
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
You deliver your people from their distress. (Ps. 107:19)
Ephesians 2:1-10
Saved by grace through faith for good works
John 3:14-21
The lifting up of the Son of Man

Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17
The commandments are given at Sinai
Psalm 19
The commandment of the Lord gives light to the eyes. (Ps. 19:8)
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Christ crucified, the wisdom of God
John 2:13-22
The cleansing of the temple

Second Sunday in Lent

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
God blesses Abraham and Sarah
Psalm 22:23-31
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord. (Ps. 22:27)
Romans 4:13-25
The promise to those who share Abraham’s faith
Mark 8:31-38
The passion prediction

First Sunday in Lent

Genesis 9:8-17
The rainbow, sign of God’s covenant
Psalm 25:1-10
Your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness. (Ps. 25:10)
1 Peter 3:18-22
Saved through water
Mark 1:9-15
The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days

Ash Wednesday

To read the Ash-Wednesday-Sermon-2021 click here

Transfiguration of Our Lord

2 Kings 2:1-12
Elijah taken up to heaven and succeeded by Elisha
Psalm 50:1-6
Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth in glory. (Ps. 50:2)
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
God’s light seen clearly in the face of Christ
Mark 9:2-9
Revelation of Christ as God’s beloved Son

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah 40:21-31 
The creator of all cares for the powerless
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c 
The Lord heals the brokenhearted. (Ps. 147:3)
1 Corinthians 9:16-23 
A servant for the sake of the gospel
Mark 1:29-39 
The healing of Peter’s mother-in-law

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Deuteronomy 18:15-20
The prophet speaks with God’s authority
Psalm 111
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Ps. 111:10)
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Limits to liberty: the case of food offered to idols
Mark 1:21-28
The healing of one with an unclean spirit

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Repentance at Nineveh
Psalm 62:5-12
God alone is my rock and my salvation. (Ps. 62:6)
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Living in the end times
Mark 1:12-20
The calling of the disciples at the sea

Second Sunday after Epiphany

1 Samuel 3:1-10
The calling of Samuel
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
You have searched me out and known me. (Ps. 139:1)
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Glorify God in your body
John 1:43-51
The calling of the first disciples

Baptism of Our Lord

Genesis 1:1-5
God creates light God creates light
Psalm 29
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters. (Ps. 29:3)
Acts 19:1-7
Baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus
Mark 1:4-11
Revelation of Christ as God’s servant

Second Sunday of Christmas

Jeremiah 31:7-14
Joy at the gathering of God’s scattered flock
Psalm 147:12-20
Worship the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion. (Ps. 147:12)
Ephesians 1:3-14
The will of God made known in Christ
John 1:[1-9] 10-18
God with us: the incarnation of the Word

Christmas Eve Service at Atonement Lutheran – Gospel and Sermon start at Minute 25 in the video:

Isaiah 9:2-7
Light shines: a child is born for us
Psalm 96
Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad. (Ps. 96:11)
Titus 2:11-14
The grace of God has appeared
Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]
God with us

First Sunday of Christmas – Watch Rev. Jonathan Steiner (Associate to the Bishop/Director for Evangelical Mission) Sermon here

Pastor Jonathan uses the texts for the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents (December 28). In South Dakota, we remember those who were killed during the Wounded Knee Massacre (December 29, 1890) and the “Dakota 38” trials (December 26, 1862).

Christmas Day – Watch Rev. Renee Splichal Larson’s (Associate to the Bishop) Sermon here

Christmas Eve – Watch our Bishop’s Sermon here

Fourth Sunday of Advent

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
The Lord’s promise to David
Luke 1:46b-55
You, Lord, have lifted up the lowly. (Lk. 1:52)
Romans 16:25-27
The mystery of God revealed in Jesus Christ
Luke 1:26-38
The angel appears to Mary

Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Righteousness and praise flourish like a garden
Luke 1:46b-55
You, Lord, have lifted up the lowly. (Lk. 1:52)
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Kept in faith until the coming of Christ
John 1:6-8, 19-28
A witness to the light

Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-11
Good news of God’s coming to a people in exile
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Righteousness shall prepare a pathway for God. (Ps. 85:13)
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Waiting for and hastening the day of God
Mark 1:1-8
John appears from the wilderness

First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 64:1-9
Prayer that God would come with power and compassion
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved. (Ps. 80:7)
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gifts of grace sustain those who wait for the end
Mark 13:24-37
The sudden coming of the Son of Man

Christ the King Sunday

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 
God will shepherd Israel
Psalm 95:1-7a 
We are the people of God’s pasture and the sheep of God’s hand. (Ps. 95:7)
Ephesians 1:15-23 
The reign of Christ
Matthew 25:31-46 
The coming of the Son of Man; the separation of sheep and goats

24th Sunday after Pentecost

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 
The day of the Lord
Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12 
So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. (Ps. 90:12)
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 
Be alert for the day of the Lord
Matthew 25:14-30 
The story of the slaves entrusted with talents

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 5:18-24 
Let justice roll down like waters
Psalm 70 
You are my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry. (Ps. 70:5)
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 
The promise of the resurrection
Matthew 25:1-13 
The story of the wise and foolish bridesmaids

All Saints’ Day

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

Reformation Sunday

Jeremiah 31:31-34 
I will write my law in their hearts, says the Lord
Psalm 46 
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. (Ps. 46:7)
Romans 3:19-28 
Justified by God’s grace as a gift
John 8:31-36 
Jesus says, Continue in my word and you will know the truth

20th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 45:1-7
An earthly ruler as the instrument of God’s will
Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]
Ascribe to the Lord honor and power. (Ps. 96:7)
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Thanksgiving for the church at Thessalonica
Matthew 22:15-22
A teaching on giving to the emperor and to God

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 25:1-9
The feast of victory
Psalm 23
You prepare a table before me, and my cup is running over. (Ps. 23:5)
Philippians 4:1-9
Rejoice in the Lord always
Matthew 22:1-14
The parable of the unwelcome guest at the wedding feast

18th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 5:1-7
The song of the vineyard
Psalm 80:7-15
Look down from heaven, O God; behold and tend this vine. (Ps. 80:14, 15)
Philippians 3:4b-14
Nothing surpasses the value of knowing Christ
Matthew 21:33-46
The parable of the vineyard owner’s son

17th Sunday After Pentecost

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
The fairness of God’s way
Psalm 25:1-9
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love. (Ps. 25:6)
Philippians 2:1-13
Christ humbled to the point of death on a cross
Matthew 21:23-32
A parable of doing God’s will

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Jonah 3:10–4:11
God’s concern for the city of Nineveh
Psalm 145:1-8
The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. (Ps. 145:8)
Philippians 1:21-30
Standing firm in the gospel
Matthew 20:1-16
The parable of the vineyard workers

15th Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 50:15-21
Joseph reconciles with his brothers
Psalm 103:1-13
Lord, you are full of compassion and mercy. (Ps. 103:8)
Romans 14:1-12
Accepting diversity in the community of faith
Matthew 18:21-35
A parable of forgiveness in the community of faith

14th Sunday after Pentecost

Ezekiel 33:7-11
The prophet’s responsibility to warn the people
Psalm 119:33-40
I desire the path of your commandments. (Ps. 119:35)
Romans 13:8-14
Live honorably as in the day
Matthew 18:15-20
Reconciliation in the community of faith

13th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 15:15-21
God fortifies the prophet against opposition
Psalm 26:1-8
Your love is before my eyes; I have walked faithfully with you. (Ps. 26:3)
Romans 12:9-21
Live in harmony
Matthew 16:21-28
The passion prediction and rebuke to Peter

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 51:1-6
The enduring foundation of God’s salvation
Psalm 138
O Lord, your steadfast love endures forever. (Ps. 138:8)
Romans 12:1-8
One body in Christ, with gifts that differ
Matthew 16:13-20
The profession of Peter’s faith

11th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
A house of prayer for all peoples
Psalm 67
Let all the peoples praise you, O God. (Ps. 67:3)
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
God’s mercy to all, Jew and Gentile
Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28
The healing of the Canaanite woman’s daughter

10th Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 19:9-18
The Lord speaks to Elijah on Mount Horeb
Psalm 85:8-13
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying. (Ps. 85:8)
Romans 10:5-15
Hearing and confessing the word of faith
Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus walking on the sea

9th Sunday After Pentecost

Isaiah 55:1-5
Eat and drink that which truly satisfies
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
You open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. (Ps. 145:16)
Romans 9:1-5
The glory of God’s people Israel
Matthew 14:13-21
Christ feeding five thousand

8th Sunday After Pentecost

1 Kings 3:5-12
Solomon’s prayer for wisdom
Psalm 119:129-136
When your word is opened, it gives light and understanding. (Ps. 119:130)
Romans 8:26-39
Nothing can separate us from God’s love
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Parables of the reign of heaven

7th Sunday After Pentecost

Isaiah 44:6-8
There is no other God than the Lord
Psalm 86:11-17
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth. (Ps. 86:11)
Romans 8:12-25
The revealing of the children of God
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The parable of the weeds

6th Sunday After Pentecost

Isaiah 55:10-13
The growth of the word to accomplish God’s purpose
Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13
Your paths overflow with plenty. (Ps. 65:11)
Romans 8:1-11
Live according to the Spirit
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
The parable of the sower and the seed