Trinity 7 Sermon -  "The Creation of Man and the Love of God" (July 31, 2022)

In Chapter 2 of the book of Genesis, Moses tells how God first made man, forming him from the dust of the ground, breathing into his nostrils the breath of life, and placing him in the Garden of Eden. In this amazing and mysterious account, we see how God - at the very beginning - showed His perfect love for us, His creation. In this sermon, we explore how this account exemplifies God's love, and how that love is now fulfilled for us in Christ, in whom Paradise has again been restored.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Seventh Sunday after Trinity (July 31, 2022). Based on the Old Testament Lesson appointed for the day (Genesis 2:7-17).

VBS Video 2022 - "God's Wonder Lab"

Watch a video of this year's VBS at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI!

 

It was a great year of Vacation Bible School! What a joy in Christ to serve you all!

 

Background Music: "He's Done Marvelous Things" Copyright 2021 Concordia Publishing House, cph.org. Used by permission.

Trinity 6 Sermon -  "Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of Christ" (July 24, 2022)

In this life, we Christians face all kinds of tribulations for the sake of Jesus. But for as painful and distressing as these tribulations may be, can any of them separate us from the love of Christ? Might we ever find ourselves in a situation as believers, where God's love is out of reach? In this sermon, we explore a portion of Paul's letter to the Romans, in which he answers this important question in a most beautiful way, for the sake of our confidence in this world.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Sixth Sunday after Easter (July 24, 2022). Based on a specially selected reading (Romans 8:31-39).

Trinity 5 Sermon -  "The Church's Mission: Lessons from Christ" (July 17, 2022)

As the Church of Christ, we are engaged right now in a great and glorious mission: to bring the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth that the world might be saved through faith. But how should we understand this mission? What attitude should we adopt as we undertake it? And how should we see ourselves throughout it all? In this sermon, we see how Jesus answers these important questions in the account of the calling of the first disciples in Luke 5.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Fifth Sunday after Trinity (July 17, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Luke 5:1-11).

Trinity 4 Sermon -  "Be Merciful, as Your Father Is Merciful" (July 10, 2022)

In this world, we live as sinners among sinners. Therefore, not only will we sin against others, but other people will also sin against us. At times, they will hurt us. They will offend us. They will inconvenience us. And how then should we Christians respond? In this sermon, we explore a portion of Jesus' Sermon on the Plain from Luke 6, in which our Lord gives us the answer, explaining to us how we should live as sinners among sinners.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Fourth Sunday after Trinity (July 10, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Luke 6:36-42).

Trinity 3 Sermon -  "The Lost Sheep and the Seeking Shepherd" (July 3, 2022)

This world is filled with lost souls, those who have wandered away from the God of Creation into everlasting destruction. But no matter how far they may stray, Jesus seeks them out. And when He finds them, He brings them home with joy. In this sermon, we explore the Parable of the Lost Sheep, in which Jesus proclaims to us this beautiful reality, calling us to put away all judgmental self-righteousness, and to join Him is His joy whenever a sinner repents.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Third Sunday after Trinity (July 3, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Luke 15:1-10).

Trinity 2 Sermon -  "Roe Overruled: Where Do We Go from Here?" (June 26, 2022)

On Friday, June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States passed down a monumental decision, overturning Roe vs. Wade and returning decisions regarding abortion to the states. As a Church, we rightly celebrate this as a great victory for life, which we believe begins at conception and deserves protection at every stage. But even as we celebrate, we must ask: "Where do we go from here?" In this sermon, we explore a portion of John's first epistle, in which God gives us a good answer.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin from St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Second Sunday after Trinity (June 26, 2022). Based on the Epistle Reading appointed for the day (1 John 3:13-18).

Pentecost Sermon -  "The Point of Pentecost" (June 5, 2022)

On the Day of Pentecost, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit down upon His Church. And so it is that even today, the Church is still the dwelling place of God's Spirit. But why did Jesus do this? What did the giving of the Spirit accomplish? In this sermon, we explore how the miraculous signs on that most important day, so long ago, teach us what the gift of Pentecost is all about.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on Pentecost Sunday (June 5, 2022). Based on the Second Reading appointed for the day (Acts 2:1-21).

Easter 7 Sermon -  "The End of All Things Is At Hand" (May 29, 2022)

When you know an end is near, you will typically prioritize the most important things. We see this all the time in our daily lives, whether it be the end of a vacation, the end of a school year, or the end of our earthly life. But in His Word, God reveals that another end is coming: the End of All Things. Indeed, God tells us that it is at hand. Therefore, knowing this, how should we as the Church live? In this sermon, we explore how the Apostle Peter answers this question in 1 Peter 4.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Seventh Sunday of Easter (May 29, 2022). Based on the Epistle Reading appointed for the day (1 Peter 4:7-14).

Easter 6 Sermon -  "The Joyous Gift of Prayer" (May 22, 2022)

As Christians, we all want to pray. However, it can be very easy to forget what prayer really is. And so we often find ourselves falling short with regard to prayer. We forget to pray. We treat prayer as a last resort. We start to simply go through the motions. In this sermon we explore what Jesus has to say about prayer in His farewell discourse to His disciples in John 16. There, Jesus reminds us what prayer really is, that we might repent of our weakness and devote ourselves to prayer with joy.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 22, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (John 16:23-33).

Easter 5 Sermon -  "The Word that Will Hold, When All Else Crumbles" (May 15, 2022)

After His resurrection from the dead and His ascension to the Father, Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to His Church. And so it is that still today, the Spirit of God dwells among us. But what is the Spirit's job? And what does it mean for our Christian lives? In this sermon, we explore a portion of Jesus' final discourse with His disciples prior to His death, in which He gives us the answer, teaching that the Spirit comes to bring us something that will never fail: the Truth.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 15, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (John 16:5-15).

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).

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 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).

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Trinity 8 Sermon -  "Beware False Prophets" (August 7, 2022)

For us Christians, it is the highest joy to know the Truth of Christ and His salvation. However, we also recognize that as we live in this world, our apprehension of this Truth, is constantly under attack, especially through the work of False Prophets. In this sermon, we hear Jesus' warning regarding these wolves in sheep's clothing, and recall how important it is to hold fast to Christ in Truth.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Eighth Sunday after Trinity (August 7, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 7:15-23).