All Saints' Sermon -  "Death in Christ: From Tribulation to Tranquility" (November 6, 2022)

On its own, death is the enemy. It is the undoing of life. It is ugly. It is heartbreaking. It fills our days with the greatest grief. However, through the work of Christ, God has changed everything for His saints. Now, death has become for us nothing more than a doorway, from tribulation into tranquility. In this sermon, we explore this reality as it is proclaimed in John's vision recorded in the book of Revelation, Chapter 7.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on All Saints' Day (November 6, 2022). Based on the First Reading appointed for the day (Revelation 7:9-17).

Trinity 19 Sermon -  "Our Lives Are Changed in the House of God" (October 23, 2022)

When we go to Church, the True and Living God welcomes us into His house. And why? So that He might change our lives in Christ, bringing us from death into life through the forgiveness of our sins. In this sermon we explore the story of Jacob's ladder in Genesis 28, where Jacob found himself in the house of God, and consider how God still changes our lives in Christ today.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity (October 23, 2022). Based on the Old Testament Lesson appointed for the day (Genesis 28:10-17).

Trinity 18 Sermon -  "Enriched by the Law and Gospel of Christ" (October 16, 2022)

As the Church, we understand where true riches are found. They are not found in worldly wealth, in high-paying jobs, or in successful stocks. Instead, they are found in the teaching of Jesus, by which we are granted eternal riches in glory through the knowledge of Christ. In this sermon, we explore what Jesus has to say about His teaching in the Bible, rejoicing to receive in both His Law and His Gospel a treasure that truly makes us rich.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity (October 16, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 22:34-46).

Trinity 16 Sermon -  "To Know the Love of Christ" (October 2, 2022)

In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul was writing to those whom he deeply loved, having spent several years ministering to the Church in Ephesus during his missionary journeys. And out of that love, at the end of Chapter 3 of this letter, Paul tells the Ephesians that he is praying for them. In this sermon, we map out Paul's prayer, that we might know the blessings God desires to give us in Christ, and for which we ought to pray. Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin from St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI.

 

Preached on the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity (October 2, 2022). Based on the Epistle Reading appointed for the day (Ephesians 3:13-21).

Trinity 22 Sermon -  "Living as Christians in a Hostile World" (November 13, 2022)

The world in which we live is a world hostile to the Gospel of Christ. This has always been true, though we here in America may not have felt it for some time. From age to age, this world is bound in spiritual darkness and we Christians live here as exiles, set free by Christ and waiting for our return home. Therefore, we must always ask, how do we live as Christians in a hostile world? In this sermon, we explore the opening of Paul's letter to the Philippians, where the apostle, imprisoned in Rome, gives us the answer.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity (November 13, 2022). Based on the Epistle Reading appointed for the day (Philippians 1:3-11).

Last Day of Church Year Sermon -  "The End Is Near: A Warning and an Encouragement" (November 20, 2022)

According to the Bible, the end of the world is near. Of course, God's perception of time is different than our own, for to Him a day is as a thousand years. However, the Bible's message is clear regarding the timing of Christ's return. While we don't know the day or the hour, we do know this: The end is near. As Jesus says, "I am coming soon." In this sermon, we explore how we should hear this message - either as a warning or an encouragement.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Last Sunday of the Church Year (November 20, 2022).

Advent 1 Sermon -  "The Night Is Far Gone" (November 27, 2022)

It is a beautiful experience to be outdoors in nature in the early morning, just before the breaking of the day. In that special time, you get to watch as the world wakes and the darkness is driven away. In this sermon, we explore a portion of Paul's letter to the Romans in which he tells us that we Christians are in that special time right now, as it relates to our salvation. For us, the night is far gone and the Day is at hand. And what does this mean for the Church? It means both comfort and a calling.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the First Sunday on Advent (November 27, 2022). Based on the Epistle Reading appointed for the day (Romans 13:8-14).

Trinity 15 Sermon -  "Do Not Be Anxious: Finding Peace in Our Father's Arms" (Sep. 18, 2022)

In our world today, it seems like anxiety is everywhere. This is true not just in society-at-large, but also in the Church. In this sermon, we explore what it means for us Christians to be children of God in Christ, and how this ought to bring us peace in the midst of all anxieties, as we remember who our Heavenly Father truly is.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity (September 25, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 6:24-34).