Sunday Sermon Continues to Grow, Develop

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Where do pastors go to find ideas and inspiration for theirsermons? It can be hard to always come up with a fresh newtopic… and sometimes a little help is needed. This is where Sunday Sermon comes in.

Sunday Sermon originally began as a partnership betweenLAP/MTC, the Northwest District, and Concordia University,Portland. Over the years this relationship has grown and changed.Rev. Phil Brandt, who authors the website, explained the originand motivation: “When the Northwest District was formulating theLicensed Deaconate program in the early 2000s, Chris Reinkereached out to me and asked if I would be one of the instructors. I taught several sections of Biblical Interpretation, Christian History,etc. But then we started graduating students and they were regularly preaching. They needed support.”
So, they started a weekly sermon study via GoTo Meeting. Brandtwould send out a summary of their notes and discussion after eachsession, and this grew into a comprehensive commentary on eachSunday of the Church year with sermon starter idea, notes on the Prayer of the Day, Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel. These are all archived and available for free on the website.Sunday Sermon is not a place to get “canned” sermons, but ratherequips preachers with useful tools as they bring the good newseach week. Today more than 600 are on the distribution list.

“Sunday Sermon does not give you a sermon to preach – you needto preach your own sermon,” Brandt said. “But Sunday Sermonhelps you write the best sermon you can write. It also provideshelp consistently. Sermons are tough in that Sunday comeswhether you are ready or not. The weekly pressure to preach is unrelenting. Sometimes life, ministry, or health just make itimpossible to do all the preparation which a preacher should do.Sunday Sermon is there to help a preacher walk into the pulpitwith something good to say to people, something which is rootedin scripture, Christ’s love for people, and the cross.”As President Linnemann stated: “Sunday Sermon provides awealth of resources that helps ease the challenge of weekly sermonpreparation for both the experienced preacher and one who is newto the task. Dr. Phillip Brandt provides a wide range of literary,historic, and linguistic resources that help stimulate creativity andfocus interpretation of the text. The Northwest District is proud ofsponsoring this resource and thankful to Dr. Brandt for hisfaithfulness to the task.”

During the very busy Advent and Christmas season, the pressureon pastors can be even greater. Thankfully Sunday Sermon offersessays, sermon ideas, and seasonal helps to assist with this. “The beautiful dance of Advent and Christmas are easy to losesight of when we are deep into one week after another,” Brandtsaid. “It is good to take a step back and admire the largerpanorama. Advent puts us in mind of our great need for a Saviorand Christmas delivers God’s blessing to that need. Advent speaksin the future tense about Jesus. Christmas speaks in the presenttense about Jesus. We wait and expect in Advent. We rejoice andwe celebrate in Christmas.”A testimonial on the website also attests to the value of thisresource to those besides pastors: “

Sunday Sermon notes areextremely helpful to many, not just proclaimers. I’ve shared themweekly with Elders of the small church I’m privileged to serve andsuggest they be used as devotional thoughts during the week”(Rev. Lloyd Willweber in Kailua, Hawaii). Paid subscriptions offer access to new content that is continuallybeing developed, but plenty of free resources are available on thewebsite. Go here for more info. You may also sign up to receivethe free weekly newsletter by emailing Free: 888-693-5267 Phone: 503-288-83831700 NE Knott StreetPortland, OR 97212

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