Easter 7 – May 28, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie  Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11 I want to begin by thanking you, the congregation, for the generous gift in celebration of my 30th Anniversary of Ordination to attend, with Lori, the Festival of Homiletics in San Antonio Texas, for … [Read more…]

Easter 4 – May 7, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10 Our National church has encouraged congregations to recognize this Sunday as a “Day of prayer for vocations in rostered ministry.” Although that may seem a little obscure, it is a day to pray for deacons/diaconal ministers … [Read more…]

Easter Festival – April 16, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Acts 10:34-43 Ps.118:1-2,14-24 Colossians 3:1-4 Matt. 28:1-10   Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia! They are a bit eclectic, the thoughts for this Easter morning’s sermon. In summary: earthquakes, fantastic, Ed Sheeran, Supermarket Flowers, trembling, “Don’t be afraid,” “Go!” and “ways everlasting.” I … [Read more…]

Easter Morning – April 16, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie     Lutheran Church of the Cross Isaiah 25:6-10a, Psalm 114:7-8, John 20:1-18   Trembling, maybe just from the cold… we come here together. Did you hear Jesus’ question to Mary? Not only “Why are you weeping?” by the angels and Jesus. A question that would be cruel, if it wasn’t spoken … [Read more…]

Lent 5  –  April 2, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45   (Breathe deeply before and after this Gospel reading, big deep breaths that you can hear… consciously through the reading) Let’s review this year’s journey of Lent: Lent 1 – In the wilderness of temptation but assured … [Read more…]

Lent 4 – March 26, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria 1Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41   (…invited to continue to keep your eyes closed for this meditation on the story, if you wish… may risk going to sleep…) It is a marvelous story… carefully told to show what it speaks of… healing … [Read more…]

Lent 3 –  March 19, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42 At the ELCIC National Convention this summer, we are planning a National Reformation Commemoration Worship on the Friday evening of the convention. It will take place at St. Gianna Beretta Molla Roman Catholic Church in south Winnipeg. … [Read more…]

Lent 2 – March 12, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 Last Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, we heard and Clark spoke about, Jesus’ temptation/testing/trials in the wilderness. Three times he was tempted/tested by the devil/evil, and three times Jesus responded by saying “it is written.” Jesus … [Read more…]

Lent 1 – March 5, 2017

Rev. Clark Wilkie         Lutheran Church of the Cross Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Psalm 32, Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11 Remember Who You Are! I’m going to throw a philosophical question at you.  Was Jesus the Son of God because he overcame temptation, or did he overcome temptation because he was the son of … [Read more…]

Transfiguration of Our Lord – February 26th, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-2; Matthew 17:1-9   Have you seen a vision? What was it like? Did it change you? Could it change others?  Could it change the world? Our answers depend in part on how we understand the word “vision.” Is … [Read more…]