Wake Up!

St. Philip Lutheran Church27 November 2022 + Advent 1aMatt. 24.36-44; Isa. 2.1-5; Rom. 13.11-14Rev. Josh Evans There are two types of people: First, there’s the type of person who, at the stroke of midnight on November 1, instantly changes out the carved pumpkins for a brightly lit and spectacularly trimmed Christmas tree, usually while belting …

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Christ the King (of Subversions)

St. Philip Lutheran Church20 November 2022 + Christ the KingLuke 23.33-43Rev. Josh Evans Every hymn has a story. Paul Westermeyer tells the story of one of my favorite hymns, “Holy God, Holy and Glorious,” in his Hymnal Companion commentary on Evangelical Lutheran Worship. In her own words, as Westermeyer’s commentary quotes, Lutheran pastor and hymn-writer …

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A Sermon about the Reign of God (and Queen Elizabeth)

St. Philip Lutheran Church25 September 2022 + Lect. 26c (Pentecost 16)Luke 16.19-31Rev. Josh Evans Very few things will get me out of bed at 4:30 in the morning: A fire alarm.A sudden crash of thunder as intense as though lightning struck my own roof.My cats knocking something over in the next room. This past Monday, …

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