Easter 3 – April 15, 2018

Rev. Lyle McKenzie  Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 – Christ is risen! – How do we know? Because the risen Jesus is present… – Where? Everywhere. And in meals, and in words that we hear and share… and in the flesh and bone of … [Read more…]

Easter Festival  – April 1, 2018

Rev. Lyle McKenzie            Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Acts 10:34-43; Ps.118:1-2,14-24; 1Corin.15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8 – Christ is risen!. April Fools! The order might be important. – April Fools, Christ is risen! Maybe it doesn’t make a difference. – Which is it? Christ is risen, indeed! Forget the fools, … [Read more…]

Easter Morning  – April 1, 2018

Rev. Lyle McKenzie             Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Isaiah 25:6-9; Mark 16:1-8 (9-16) The Catechetical Sermon of St. John Chrysostom  Born about 347 in Antioch, he became the Bishop of Constantinople in 397. Known as the “The Golden Tongue” for his preaching, this sermon was for those who … [Read more…]

Lent 4 – March 11, 2018

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 – Once again we hear it clearly said by Jesus, often called the little gospel or the whole gospel/good news in miniature: “For God so loved the world that God gave the only Son, … [Read more…]

Lent 1 – February 18, 2018

Rev. Lyle McKenzie     Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 Blessed Lent. It began with Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s Day. Not since 1945 has it happened, Rev. Daniel told us, and the vision of people lining up for ashes and chocolates on the same day. … [Read more…]

Epiphany 5 – February 4, 2018         

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11,20c 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39 – It’s a beautiful poem of knowing and hearing the greatness of God, our strength, and our own power and strength restored. – It’s a wonderful song of praise to God whose steadfast love gathers, heals, … [Read more…]

Epiphany 3 – January 21, 2018

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 God when you call, help us to hear and respond – not by assessing what will be required, what will happen, what will be the result, as if we could know, but to your compelling love … [Read more…]

Epiphany 2 – January 14, 2018

Rev. Lyle McKenzie Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria 1Samuel 3:1-20 Ps139:1-6,13-18 1Corin. 6:12-20 John 1: 43-51 God, help us faithfully follow Jesus and your calling each of us and all of us together to come and see even greater things than these in your redeeming this world. Amen This is a calling Sunday … [Read more…]

Baptism of Our Lord – January 7, 2018   

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1: 4-11 We thank you God for the waters of creation and the life they hold for the world and each of our lives. We thank you God for the waters of Baptism and the life they hold … [Read more…]

Christmas 1 – December 31, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40 – It’s a beautiful and compelling scene, unique to Luke’s Gospel – combining Jewish rituals of purification for a new mother and redemption of a newborn in dedication to God, Mary and Joseph keep the law, presenting … [Read more…]