Excerpt from sermon for Trinity 19 (Yes, I did the Michaelmas Skip)

Often people think Church is boring. Which is why, I think, sometimes people want to get things more “hyped up” by guitars and drum-beats. We are so bored with the same old liturgy, and the same old hymns, and the same old prayers, and we think that if we just changed things up a bit the problem would be solved.

Maybe the reason for our boredom is that we are a bit like Jacob, who woke up from his slumber only to confess, “Surely the Lord was in this place, but I did not know it!” Surely the Lord is in this place, doing what he has always done, healing our souls with the forgiveness of sins, feeding us with his precious body and blood, strengthening our faith, but our hearts are foolish and slow to believe this.

And so we yawn. We get bored. We say that the solution is more variety, or more pizzazz, when the real solution is repentance and faith. God is no less present among us here than he was in the place where Jacob lay, or when the Lord Jesus walked the earth, healing and forgiving sins. God grant us eyes to see it! God grant us hearts to believe it! For then we too may say with Jacob: “How awesome is this place!” not because of its style of music, but because “this is the house of God and the gate of heaven.”


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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