August 28, 2016 The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Sirach 10:12–18, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16, Luke 14:1, 7–14

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson 

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

I did my undergraduate studies at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, the largest Lutheran university in the world. Many things distinguish Valparaiso University: an excellent faculty, a … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

 

Deuteronomy 18:15–18, Psalm 91:1–4, 1 Corinthians 4:9–15, Luke 22:24–30

The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson 

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

I recall a conversation I once had with a member of our congregation. He said something to me that in the moment that was very disturbing. He … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 Clare, Abbess of Assisi

 

Song of Solomon 2:10–13, Psalm 63:1–8, Luke 12:32–37

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson

In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

             Clare of Assisi came from a wealthy family and was a noted beauty, but at the first gathering of Franciscans in 1212, Francis of Assisi preached a … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 The Funeral of Rex L. Ealy

 

Genesis 1:26–31, Psalm 147:7–11, Matthew 6:25–33

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

In 1977, Rex Ealy became the first recipient of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Certificate of Accomplishment in Conservation. The award was well-deserved. Rex planted hundreds of trees around … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 Funeral for Byron O. Neiman

 

Wisdom 3:1–5, 9, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9–17, John 14:1–6

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+ 

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

But the souls of the just are in God’s hand, and torment shall not touch them. In the eyes of foolish men they seemed to be dead; … Continue reading

August 4, 2016 Thursday in Pentecost 11

 

Jeremiah 31:31–34, Psalm 51:11–18, Matthew 16:13–23

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson

In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

            I have always been intrigued by the text from Jeremiah. Traditionally, it is the Old Testament reading for Reformation Day—October 31, celebrated mostly by Lutherans with lusty renditions of … Continue reading