Sermons by “Pastor Torgerson”

My Lord And My God!

Three months ago, at the beginning of January, when things outside felt very much like they do today, I preached on the first chapter of John’s gospel.  Jesus is calling disciples, but Nathanael, full of doubt and disdain, says, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46a). 

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Witness And Denial

I like Peter a lot.  I don’t like him because he’s brave and bold, perfect and aspirational. I like him because he’s real.  I like him because he falls over all the time.  I like him because I identify with him.

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The Light Of The World

Our confirmation students provided the theme for our Lenten services this year.  They fill out confirmation credit sheets, reflections on their service, learning, or worship experiences.  They also get to ask questions on these sheets.  So many of them asked such good questions that Abby, our youth director, started to gather them up in categories.

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The Resurrection And The Life

    Lazarus is dead.  He’s so dead that he’s wrapped up and in the tomb.  Death is so real you can smell it.

            And Jesus has the guts to say: “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  Well, do you?

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The Woman’s Testimony

Maybe you’ve heard the same version of this story that I heard.  Jesus meets a sinful woman, sets her straight, and once she’s clean and pure and ready to bear witness to the rest of her town, he uses her to his glory.  We know she was a sinful woman because she’s coming to the well at full noon.

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Fourth Sunday in Advent – The Word Became Flesh

Almost exactly fourteen years ago, I relaxed at home with my family on my Christmas break.  My plans for seeing family and friends stopped short when I woke up one morning with what I thought was stomach flu.  I called a friend to cancel our lunch plans even though, as the day progressed, it became very clear it was something worse.

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“I Will Bring You Back”

This year, a friend of mine found out her young daughter has cancer.  The doctors say that the form of cancer is highly curable, but it means years of aggressive treatments and long-term hospital stays.  The most recent hospital term lasted over 60 days.  My friend declared recently that she lives on Planet Cancer. 

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Get Up

Over the summer, people I love suffered an enormous tragedy.  When they called to tell me their terrible news, I found myself saying the words so many of us say so honestly but so automatically: oh my gosh, I’m so sorry, let me know if there’s any way I can help. 

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Now I Know

  Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, and our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

            The word Genesis means beginning, and true to its name, this book gives us stories of beginnings.  Just as the creation story gave us the beginning of God’s work in the created world, so too does the story of Abraham give us beginnings.  In the story of Abraham and his beginnings, the story narrows in focus from one that encompasses the created universe to just this one family, God’s chosen people.

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