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).

Last Sunday Sermon -  "The End of the World: What Does Scripture Say?" (November 21, 2021)

The doctrine of the End of the World and the Second Coming of Christ is central to both Christian teaching and our Christian life. However, it's easy to get carried away into sensational ideas and interpretations, and many do. In this sermon, we explore what the Bible actually teaches about the end of the world and what that means for our day-to-day lives as Christians.

 

\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 21, 2021).

Reformation Sermon -  "Reformation Day: Abide in the Word of Christ" (October 31, 2021)

In every age, the Church is tempted to fall away from the Word of Christ. This was true in the days of the Reformation. And it remains true in our day, as well. Therefore, God calls His Church of every age to abide - to abide in the Word of Christ. In this sermon, we explore a statement of Jesus from John 8, in which our Lord unpacks the blessedness of this godly work.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI . Preached on the Festival of the Reformation (October 31, 2021). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (John 8:31-36).

All Saints Sermon -  "The Gift of Christ: From Arduous Toil to Glorious Rest" (November 7, 2021)

In this fallen world, our life as Christians is a life of arduous toil. As we seek to serve the Lord according to our callings, it can often be difficult and tiresome work. However, in Christ we know that for us believers, no matter how hard life might be right now, glorious rest is coming - and for that reason we are blessed. In this sermon, we explore Christ's Beatitudes from Matthew 5, in which Jesus proclaims this blessedness to us.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on All Saints' Day (November 7, 2021). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 5:1-12).

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