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Epiphany 3 Sermon - "Jesus Cleanses a Leper: An Act of Divine Beauty" (January 22, 2023)

"Beauty" is a word that we use quite often, especially in specific contexts. We use it to describe people. We use it to describe artwork. We use it to describe the created world. But perhaps we've lost another area in which this word can be applied: to actions. In this sermon we explore Jesus' cleansing of a leper, considering how it is truly a beautiful action and what that means for us today, as Jesus continues to work among us through His Spirit.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Third Sunday after the Epiphany (January 22, 2023). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Matthew 8:1-13).

Epiphany 2 Sermon - "The Work of the Messiah: Perfect Restoration" (January 15, 2023)

On account of our sin, we are condemned by God's Law to an existence of decay and death. Already we feel this in our lives as we suffer pain, loss, and all sorts of injuries. And as our days lengthen we must also come to terms with our mortality. But, in light of this judgment from God, how great is the gift of the Messiah! In this sermon, we consider how the work of the Messiah is prophesied in Amos Chapter 9, rejoicing to know what He gives to us through faith: perfect restoration.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Second Sunday after the Epiphany (January 15, 2023). Based on the Old Testament Reading appointed for the day (Amos 9:11-15).

Epiphany Sermon - "Arise! Shine!: The Call of Epiphany" (January 8, 2023)

On Epiphany, we celebrate how God is now shining the light of Christ into the nations that we all might believe and be saved. This began long ago when God drew the wise men of the east to Bethlehem by the star, and it still continues today. And with the shining of the light of Christ comes a call, from God to us, by which God calls us out of darkness. In this sermon, we explore how this call is proclaimed by the prophet in Isaiah, Chapter 60.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 8, 2023). Based on the Old Testament Reading for the day (Isaiah 60:1-6).

Christmas Day Sermon -  "The Birth of Jesus and the Love of God" (December 25, 2022)

On Christmas Day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior. But what does this mean for us? The Apostle Paul puts it perfectly in his letter to Titus, when he says, "But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us" (Titus 3:4-5a). In this Christmas Sermon, we explore how these words capture so well the meaning of Christmas.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on Christmas Day (December 25, 2022). Based on the Epistle Reading appointed for the day (Titus 3:4-7).

The Circumcision & Naming of Jesus -  "Jesus at Eight Days: His First Steps to Save" (January 1, 2023)

On January 1, the Church celebrates a unique festival, which is typically overlooked: The Circumcision and Naming of Jesus. This would take place when Jesus was just eight days old, in keeping with the Old Testament Law, and serves in Luke's Gospel as a conclusion to the Christmas story. But why is this particular moment something worth celebrating? Why does it have its own feast day in the history of the Church? In this sermon, we explore this question, and we discover how this is indeed an important moment in the history of our salvation.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Feast of the Circumcision and Naming of Jesus (January 1, 2023). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Luke 2:21).

Advent 4 Sermon -  "An Invitation to Joy in Christ" (December 18, 2022)

The Gospel of Luke reports that when the Virgin Mary found out she was pregnant with the Christ, she did what so many of us do when we receive such good news: she went to tell her family. Specifically, she went to Judea to speak with her relative Elizabeth, who was herself pregnant with John the Baptist. All that would then follow is a joyous celebration with family at the coming of the Christ. In this sermon, we explore how this joyous celebration stands as an invitation for all believers to rejoice daily in Christ.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 18, 2022). Based on the Gospel Reading appointed for the day (Luke 1:39-56).

Advent 3 Sermon -  "The Word of Our God Endures Forever" (December 11, 2022)

Because of sin, everything that belongs to this fallen world will pass away. Though we like to think it will last, time and time again we see: the things of this world are here today and gone tomorrow. But though all else passes away, there is one thing that will stand forever: The Word of our God. In this sermon, we explore the impermanence of the things of this world and the joy that comes from knowing that in God's Word we have something eternal.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Aaron Vergin at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, MI. Preached on the Third Sunday of Advent (December 11, 2022). Based on the Old Testament Reading appointed for the day (Isaiah 40:1-11).

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).

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).

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).

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 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).

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