Sermon Archives

Pastor George Samiec
January 13, 2019

The Baptism of Jesus

As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you […]

January 6, 2019

The Festival of The Epiphany

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11 ESV) If you were going to tell the story of Jesus, where do you begin? You might want to start […]

December 30, 2018

1st Sunday after Christmas

Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendour and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous […]

December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Readings and Carols

I walked into the police station and one of the officers said to me, ‘Should you still be on about the Virgin Birth?’. He likes to stir and there was a twinkle in his eye. I have to think fast when chatting to him and often think of better things to say afterwards! ‘If the […]

December 16, 2018

3rd Sunday of Advent

Obviously the followers of Jesus observed Easter – Jesus’ death and resurrection – it was the story they told everyone – as the first of the commemorations that evolved into the Church Year. That is understandable. However we might be forgiven for being surprised that Advent – these four weeks – welcome to the 3rd […]

December 9, 2018

2nd Sunday in Advent

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who […]

November 4, 2018

Observing All Saints’ Day

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but […]

October 28, 2018

Observing The Reformation

Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. (Romans 3:27,28 ESV) What do you say after the big 500th anniversary of the […]

October 14, 2018

21st Sunday after Pentecost

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God 1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth,    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,    from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You return man to dust and say, “Return, O […]

October 7, 2018

20th Sunday after Pentecost

The Synodical theme and text for the ELCE’s 2018 Synodical Convention raised a few eyebrows in some quarters. Here at Ascension, you were nicely quiet. While the first verse of the psalm was the reference, the synodical theme was summarised as ‘O Lord, what next?’. I was happy to go with it. I liked its […]

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