Easter 2 Sermon -  "The Risen Christ Speaks Peace into Our Hearts" (April 24, 2022)

When Jesus first appeared to His disciples after His resurrection, what were the very first words that He spoke to them? In that moment, He found them locked away in fear, hiding behind closed doors. And there, in the midst of all their fear, the first thing He said to them was, "Peace be with you." In this sermon, we explore the how Jesus still stands before us to give us peace in His resurrection, and what that means for our lives as Christians.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Second Sunday of Easter (April 24, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (John 20:19-31).

Easter Sermon -  "A Real Resurrection, A Real Hope" (April 17, 2022)

The Resurrection of Jesus is not simply some fairy tale. It's not a legend or a myth. It is a real event in history, for which God has mercifully granted us an abundance of evidence. And if His resurrection is real, what does that mean? It means that Jesus' salvation is real! And, even more than that, it means our worship also is real. In this sermon, as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter morning, we explore these connected truths.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on Easter Sunday (April 17, 2022). Based on the Epistle Reading appointed for the day (1 Corinthians 15:1-11).

Lent 5 Sermon -  "The Binding of Isaac: A Picture of the Cross" (April 3, 2022)

Throughout the Scriptures, God proclaims the cross of Christ in many ways. One of the most vivid and emotional examples is through the account of the Binding of Isaac. In this sermon, we explore the important lessons this account has to teach us about Jesus' sacrifice, that we might know better the lengths to which God was willing to go to save us and the true joy that salvation brings.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Fifth Sunday in Lent (April 3, 2022). Based on the Old Testament Reading appointed for the day (Genesis 22:1-14).

Lent 4 Sermon -  "Jesus Gives Us the Food that Fills" (March 27, 2022)

As we live in this world, we Christians are walking through a world that empties us out. It empties us out physically, it empties us our emotionally, and - most of all - it empties us out spiritually. So, even as we Christians set our eyes toward Paradise, opened to all who believe by the blood of Christ, we must ask: Where can we find the food that we need to strengthen us, to fill us, and to nourish us to the end? In this sermon, we explore one of Jesus' miracles as recorded in John 6, where our Lord gives us the answer.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Fourth Sunday in Lent (March 27, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (John 6:1-15).

Lent 3 Sermon -  "God Proclaims Our Freedom: Let My People Go" (March 20, 2022)

In America, we know well the story of freedom, and we know well the famous words that have at times carried it along. We remember the words spoken by Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr., among others. But the story of our freedom is a bigger story that just our bodily or political freedom, and it's been carried along in history by bigger words. In this sermon, we explore famous words that God Himself spoke long ago - "Let My people go" - and examine how they have been fulfilled for us in Christ, thus making the story of freedom for us complete.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Third Sunday in Lent (March 20, 2022). Based on the Old Testament Reading for the day (Exodus 8:16-24).

Lent 2 Sermon -  "When It Seems Like God Doesn't Care" (March 13, 2022)

In this life, we will all face times of trial. And at such times, we may begin to wonder: "Does God really care?" In this sermon, we explore an interaction between Jesus and a Canaanite woman - a most surprising interaction! - through which God teaches us how we should respond in those times of trial, when it seems like He doesn't care.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Second Sunday in Lent (March 13, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 15:21-28).

Lent 1 Sermon -  "The Hidden Glory of Our Life in Christ" (March 6, 2022)

Outwardly, our Christian life may not look like much. There we see weakness, hardship, and persecution. But, nevertheless, we rejoice to know that hidden under the weakness of the cross is the glory of Jesus and His salvation. In this sermon, we explore a passage from the book of 2 Corinthians, in which Paul gives us the eyes to see this beautiful reality, so that in the midst of suffering we might not lose heart.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the First Sunday in Lent (March 6, 2022). Based on the Epistle Reading appointed for the day (2 Corinthians 6:1-10).

Quinquagesima Sermon -  "A World in Crisis: God Speaks to Our Souls" (February 27, 2022)

Our world today is a world in crisis. War has broken out in Europe on a scale which we haven't seen since World War II. Images of great tragedy now stream ceaselessly across our screens, amid destruction and wickedness that to many was unimaginable. All across the globe our hearts are troubled. But what does God's Word speak to our souls in such times? In this sermon, we consider what God has to say to us in times of crisis, that even amid such great tragedy our hearts might be at peace in Christ.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on Quinquagesima Sunday (February 27, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Luke 18:31-43).

Sexagesima Sermon -  "The Good News of Christ: How Will You Receive It?" (February 20, 2022)

Whenever we have good news to tell, naturally we want to share it with everyone. And so it is with God, our Creator. He has amazing news for this entire world: He has saved us through Christ. And His desire is to share this news with everyone, that we all might believe and be saved. But how will you receive this Word? In this sermon, we explore the Parable of the Sower, in which Jesus challenges us with this eternally important question.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on Sexagesima Sunday (February 20, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Luke 8:4-15).

Septuagesima Sermon -  "Life in the Church: Different Work, a Single Gift" (February 13, 2022)

As sinful human beings, our tendency is to rank ourselves in comparison to one another and to look down on those whom we view as below us. This is true even in the Church, where we all too often imagine that we deserve more than other Christians. Against this sinful thought, Jesus tells the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, in which He reminds us what it truly means to serve in God's kingdom. In this sermon, we explore this parable, that we might together rejoice in the reality that we are all saved by grace.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on Septuagesima Sunday (February 13, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 20:1-16).

Transfiguration Sermon -  "Our Worship of Christ: Listen to Him" (February 6, 2022)

When Jesus was transfigured before His disciples on the mountain, and He revealed to them the fullness of His glory, God the Father acknowledged Him from the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased." But then the Father continued, saying, "Listen to Him." In this sermon, we explore this command of God, considering how it stands as the true worship of Christ, and something we all ought to do with eagerness and joy.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on Transfiguration Sunday (February 6, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 17:1-9).

Epiphany 4 Sermon -  "How to Sleep in the Storm: The Peace of Christ" (January 30, 2022)

When you're worried about something, it can be very hard to sleep. During the rest of the day, you can normally distract yourself. But there in bed, it's just you and your thoughts - and if you're worried about something, how hard it can be to sleep! However, in Christ God offers to us true peace. In this sermon, we explore that peace through an account from the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus is asleep on a boat in the middle of a great storm.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany (January 30, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 8:23-27).

Epiphany Sermon -  "Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come" (January 9, 2022)

As the Church, we are living now in the days of the Christ. After thousands of years of waiting, the Savior has finally appeared. But how does this change things for us? How does this change our self-understanding? And how does it change our calling? In this sermon, we explore a prophecy from Isaiah, Chapter 60, in which the Lord proclaims this to us.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Festival of Epiphany (January 9, 2022). Based on the Old Testament Reading appointed for the day (Isaiah 60:1-6).

Christmas 2 Sermon -  "King Herod and the True War on Christmas" (January 2, 2022)

Over the past years, the phrase "The War on Christmas" has become a common refrain in our political discourse. Often, it's used as a catchall term to refer to the culture war in which our society is currently engaged. However, behind the politics there is in fact a true War on Christmas, which has been raging from the very beginning. In this sermon, we explore the account of King Herod, which stands as the first salvo in this great war, so that we Christians might learn what the true War on Christmas is, and how we can stand confident in the midst of it.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Second Sunday after Christmas (January 2, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 2:13-23).

Christmas 1 Sermon -  "The Joy of Simeon, the Joy of the Church" (December 26, 2021)

Long ago, a Jewish man named Simeon was given an amazing privilege: God revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Christ. This promise would then be fulfilled for Simeon when Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple to present Him to the Lord. There, Simeon would rejoice to take the Savior up in his arms and see Him with his own eyes - reminding us what a joyous privilege it is for us to see the Christ through His Scriptures.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the First Sunday after Christmas (December 26, 2021). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Luke 2:22-40).

Advent 4 Sermon -  "Christ in Mary's Womb: The Advent of Joy" (December 19, 2021)

If asked when Jesus first came into the world, most people would likely say, "At Christmas!" However, the truth is that prior to His birth, Jesus had already been in this world for nine months, slowly developing in the womb of His mother Mary. In this sermon, we look at an account from Luke 1, in which a newly pregnant Mary joyously visits her relative Elizabeth, and we consider how we still share in their joy today.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 19, 2021). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Luke 1:39-56).

Advent 3 Sermon -  "Are You Ready for the Christ?" (December 12, 2021)

At this time of year, our world is preoccupied with their preparations for Christmas. Everyone wants to be ready for the holiday, and it often consumes our attention and energy. However, we Christians understand that there is a bigger question at play, a question with eternal implications that God asks of each one of us: Not just "Are you ready for Christmas?" but "Are you ready for the Christ?"

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Third Sunday of Advent (December 12, 2021). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 11:2-10).

Advent 2 Sermon -  "In the Midst of Tragedy, the God of Hope Speaks" (December 5, 2021)

This past week, great tragedy struck our community. Such tragedies, can leave us reeling, asking a million questions in our grief. But in the midst of tragedy, the God of Hope speaks to us in Christ. In this sermon, we explore a statement by the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Romans, which captures God's message of hope perfectly.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Second Sunday of Advent (December 5, 2021). Based on the Epistle Reading appointed for the day (Romans 15:4-13).

Advent 1 Sermon -  "Hosanna to Christ: Welcoming Our King" (November 28, 2021)

During His Triumphal Entry, when Jesus came into Jerusalem, the crowd welcomed Him with the cry, "Hosanna!" This was a Hebrew term which means "Please save!" and was a common way by which kings were welcomed in ancient Israel. However, still today we welcome Christ with that same term. In this sermon, we explore what this signifies about the Christian life and about the work of our King.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the First Sunday of Advent (November 28, 2021). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 21:1-9).

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Easter 3 Sermon -  "The Good Shepherd Protects, Knows, & Leads" (May 1, 2022)

At one place in the Gospel of John, Jesus says, "I am the Good Shepherd." Many of us know these words well. They are both familiar and beautiful. But what to they really mean? What is Jesus actually saying to us when He makes this remarkable claim? In this sermon, we explore these words of Jesus, that we might better know better who He is as our risen Lord.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Third Sunday after Easter (May 1, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (John 10:11-16).

Easter 4 Sermon -  "Waiting on God's Salvation" (May 8, 2022)

In times of hardship and pain, we sinful human beings respond in all sorts of different ways. Sometimes we might run away in denial. At other times we might give ourselves over to anger. And at still other times we might give ourselves up to despair. But through His promises in Christ, God calls us to a better way: "It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord" (Lamentations 3:26).

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 8, 2022). Based on the Old Testament Reading appointed for the day (Lamentations 3:22-33).