Sermons at St. Matthew

Did you miss worship this past week (or perhaps the week before)? Maybe you want to hear the sermon a second time. If that is the case you have come to the right place. Here you will find audio of the most recent sermons either for yourself or to share with someone else.

Forgetting God’s Generosity

Pastor David Kiel
October 4, 2020

God is gracious and gives us everything we need in life to succeed and be happy.  Pastor David reminds us that we not only forget what we have been given (somehow thinking we have what we do because of what we have done), but we forget who has given it to us.  We forget to be thankful.  This Gospel serves as a reminder that God expects very little in return for God’s generosity to us.  All God really wants is a grateful heart and our love!

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
September 27, 2020

More often than not, we tend to think this is a question which should be directed toward someone else. We are certain the real question is, “Who do THEY think THEY are?” But, today, Pastor Kathy rightly points the question back toward us, where it really belongs. It is a question for all of us. What will it take for us to change our selfish focus away from ourselves and instead begin to care for others? So, who do YOU think YOU are?

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The Unfairness of God

Pastor David Kiel
September 20, 2020

Life is unfair. We are unfair to one another. God is unfair. Pastor David shares why our response to the unfairness of God should be, “Thanks be to God!”

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How Often Am I to Forgive?

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
September 13, 2020

Forgiving is one of the most difficult things we are ever asked to do? After all, there are limits to forgiveness, aren’t there? Doesn’t it depend on the gravity of the offense against us? How can we even begin to forgive when the hurt is so deep? Pastor Kathy reminds us that we must show mercy and forgiveness because both have been granted to us without limits. The forgiveness we have received from God is the forgiveness we are to offer others. As we forgive, we can live again. This is how lives are changed — this is how OUR lives are changed.

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Our Life Together

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
September 6, 2020

Rarely have we faced a time where division and conflict seem to be everywhere we look. If ever you are in doubt, take a look at the news or Social Media. Pastor Kathy reviews our scripture reading for today to see how Jesus tells us to resolve our differences. Simple in theory; difficult in practice. When conflict arises, inside or outside the church, we often use (or abuse) the Bible to justify our position — resulting in even more confusion.   But, Jesus clearly reminds us that we are in this together. Conflict resolution is part of our mission.

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Nothing Can Separate Us

Deb Riddle
Mid-Week Faith Journey

September 2, 2020

Deb Riddle has an unbelievable story to share. God interceded in her life to bring her to where she is today. She has been granted an amazing and wonderful gift to know that there is more after this life and that God will never forsake us. She knows in a very tangible way that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. Her life is a testament to the fact that His grace and mercy can bring us back to life and that, in this life, we are here to serve others. Her story will inspire you to do the same and witnesses to His divine mercy, grace, miracles and blessings.

You Are a Child of God

Deacon Jan Davis
August 30, 2020

We need water to live. This is especially true for Christians. In the water of Baptism we receive new life and with it, a series of freely given gifts: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever. Deacon Jan takes us down the path of discipleship, which begins in Baptism, and reminds us that we are never alone along the way as we share our gifts with others.

(Music for this service is covered under CCLI # 1000682, #A-708989 One License.net and CSP L1 09656.)

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This Changes Everything

Faith Story of Chris and Tim Peck
August 26, 2020

Chris and Tim Peck are not Youth Leaders just by chance. Throughout their lives, both of them have discovered the critical importance of faith, family and friends. Along the way, they believe that God has been active in their lives and brought them to a place where they feel called to work with young people. While doing so, they continue to be inspired by the youth who have taught them how better to share God’s love with others. As the Bible says, God’s Kingdom truly does belong to people like these children. Remember, # CHOOSE KINDNESS.

And, Who Do You Say He Is?

Pastor Faye Snyder
August 23, 2020

Just exactly how would you describe yourself? What is it that gives you your identity? Your work? Your name? Your heritage? In today’s lesson, Pastor Faye points out that we often forget the source of our true identity and easily lose sight of who we really are. When we lose a sense of ourselves, it is time to return to Jesus and remember our baptism when we were given our true identity as a child of God.

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God Is Always at Work

Faith Story of Pastor Mark Vitalis Hoffman
August 19, 2020

Whether we are aware of it or not, God is always active in each and every one of our lives. We may not always see it or want to accept it, but God is at work even when we don’t have a clue what we are doing or where we may be headed. But, as Pastor Mark personally attests, once we sense God’s presence in our lives, everything changes. Things you once felt obligated to do to be “good” are transformed into things you want to do instead. God’s grace grants you the freedom to choose and leads you to places you never imagined.

Great Is Your Faith

Pastor Mark Vitalis Hoffman
August 16, 2020

Do you ever feel like an outsider? Like you need help, and you need it right now? Like you need a new start, but you don’t have the strength to keep going? You look around and feel like everyone else has it together, but not you. Pastor Mark, with a little help from a Canaanite woman, assures us that the promise of hope is for you, too, that God has a purpose for all of us. Faith is really just a matter of needing Christ — and the message to us all is, because of that need, “great is our faith.”

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Faith in Action

Faith Story of Joan Scott
August 12, 2020

Joan Scott is a living example of what faith looks like in action, a glimpse of faith lived out in daily life. She is a person of action who acts on what she hears. She firmly believes God can do far more through each of us than any of us can do by ourselves. Whether through Fair Trade, the Girl Scouts, Women of the ELCA or in simple acts of kindness, she embodies what it means to love your neighbor as yourself.

What Are You Looking At?

Pastor David Kiel
August 9, 2020

Do you ever get overwhelmed with life to the point where you lose heart; lose faith? It is easy to be a person of faith when life is going smoothly, without challenges. But as soon as things go wrong, we often forget who we are and whose we are? Pastor David reminds us that when we take our eyes off of Jesus and focus on our surroundings instead, we begin to sink. But the Good News is, if we stay focused on Jesus, we can rest assured that He is always there to pull us back in the boat.

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Poster image:  Ludolph Backhuysen, Fishing Vessels Offshore in a Heavy Sea, Oil on Canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Where Advocacy and Faith Meet

Mid-Week Faith Story of Emily Crouse
August 5, 2020

We are all made in the image of God. Just ask Emily Crouse. Her faith has instilled in her a drive to do better and to be better, both as an individual and as a member of society. She will tell you that without that faith she would not be where she is today. She is living proof that advocacy and faith can mix. Her passion for social justice has lead her to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves . . . . [and] Defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9) With young people like Emily, our future is in good hands indeed..

We Have ALL This

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
August 2, 2020

Have you ever felt overcome by circumstances with only limited resources to meet unlimited needs? “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish,” said the disciples. Jesus replied, ”Bring them here to me.” Then he blessed them and gave them to the disciples to give to the crowd. Pastor Kathy sheds light on the making of miracles, when “All we have is this” is transformed into “What we have is ALL this,” simply by taking it first to Jesus, having Him bless it and then sharing with others.

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On a Mission

Faith Journey of Andrea Hersh
July 29, 2020

“If you ever feel you don’t know where you are going or what is next for you in life, God knows. Listen to Him and learn.” Andrea Hersh has listened and learned. So now, she is on a mission, quite literally. She has taken to heart the words of Oswald Chambers: “A missionary is someone sent by Jesus who is foolish enough to believe that one individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purpose.” So now she does her best to Love her Neighbor. Help Others. And Teach People about Him.

You Can Be Yeast

Pastor David Kiel
July 26, 2020

The Kingdom of Heaven is like.... Jesus tells us many parables to help us think about the Kingdom of Heaven being something ordinary and yet, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can overcome anything. Listen and learn as Pastor David shows us how, with that power, anything is possible.

Faith Based on Love

Faith Journey of Mary Herring
July 22, 2020

There is truly something about Mary. She has learned from the many and varied people who have crossed her path in life. Mary Herring believes in a faith based on love, where being God’s hands on earth means giving hugs to the lonely, listening to those in need of an ear, and offering a smile to all who pass by. For her, living life as God intended means reaching out to our brothers and sisters who don’t look like us, don’t think like us, don’t live like us and don’t worship like us — for she has come to know that we can see God in everyone around us.

What Should We Do About the Weeds?

Pastor Faye Snyder
July 19, 2020

Gardening, as a metaphor for life, teaches us that it’s not always about us and what we want. As we live out our lives together, sometimes it’s about others and their needs. Pastor Faye reminds us all that when we respect the needs of others, we make a difference for God’s whole beloved world. It’s called 21st century discipleship.

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Where’s Jesus Calling You?

Faith Journey of Mike Faust
July 15, 2020

So, Mike Faust asks us all, “Where is Jesus Calling You?” That is a question he had to answer for himself. Ultimately, he could not escape how the Holy Spirit was working in his life. It was during his time at St. Matthew that the Holy Spirit met him at the lowest point in his life and led him to the “Godward side.” He knew then that he was exactly where he needed to be. Now, he asks each of us to be aware of how the Spirit may be acting in our lives as well.

Gardening Your Faith

Pastor David Kiel
July 12, 2020

Today challenges us to tend to the garden that is our faith so it might become good soil. Join us for this worship service as Pastor Dave helps us till the soil of our faith so that what God has planted may grow and others may be nourished from a bountiful harvest. How do you tend to the garden of your faith so that it not only grows but produces fruit that expresses it and becomes a blessing to others? Go and sow the seed of God’s word by proclaiming the good news.

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We Still Have Jesus and Our Faith

Faith Story of Larry Gamber
July 8, 2020

Anyone who knows Larry Gamber is well aware that he is the true embodiment of what it means to be a “gentle” man. He is devoted, committed, reliable, trustworthy, honest, caring and so much more. Who he is is grounded in his faith. From his early years, through his time in Baltimore until moving to Hanover, his church and his faith have been constants in his life. Through the years Jesus and his faith have always been there for him and always will be, come what may. Listen and learn more.

The Yoke’s On You

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
July 5, 2020

On this week-end we celebrate the freedoms we have as a nation. In the gospel story, however, we learn from Jesus that true freedom is not claimed on one’s own terms. If that were the case, we would carry the burden of holding our own rights against the rights of others. Pastor Kathy describes the way we discover freedom with a way forward with the yoke of Jesus upon our shoulders. It brings rest to our weary souls and a new way to be in relationship with one another.

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A Place for Healing

Faith Story of Lea Coppola
July 1, 2020

Listen as Lea Coppola openly shares her love of music and how it has helped her through difficult times, even when she has felt broken and said, leaving her angry and upset with God. However, the strong bonds she has developed with her family, church family and others have strengthened her faith and led her to a place where she passionately believes in equality, justice and the love of God. Here is a young women who is truly “not ashamed of the Gospel.”

Give a Cup of Cold Water

Pastor David Kiel
June 28, 2020

Jesus calls us all to be disciples. Sometimes the simplest and most ordinary act toward someone is all that is needed. Kindness, compassion, and helping someone in need is all it takes—in Jesus’ name. The challenging part is that Jesus calls us to do these things sometimes beyond our comfort zones; to people who are desperately in need and perhaps very different from us. God’s grace is there to support us as we seek to be faithful.

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Photo by Yassin Doukhane

Faith Journey of Renée Kiel

June 24, 2020

Faith comes to us in many different ways. Sometimes in the most ordinary of ways, often not remarkable or surprising. Reneé Kiel shares her faith and how it grew and was strengthened in five ways over the years of her life. Her journey — her dance with God

What Makes for Peace

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
June 21, 2020

What makes for peace may not be easy. In fact, in his teachings, Jesus speaks of the division that arises as our devotion is set on following him. When we try to placate ourselves with a false sense of peace, Jesus shows us another way, a way of truth, justice and hope. In the scripture reading for today, Jesus shows what happens when people’s lives are changed by the Gospel. They don’t go back to the way things were. They have a glimpse of what could be and realize it is what is meant to be.

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Reflections on Fatherhood

Mid-Week Faith Story of the Wests
June 17, 2020

No matter our age. No matter our gender. Our fathers play a key role in molding who we are and what we believe. In advance of Fathers Day, members of the West family reflect on the meaning of fatherhood and how their own father’s have shaped their thinking and faith. After all, our relationship with our earthly father in many ways forms the foundation of our relationship with our heavenly father. “Wherever you may go. No matter where we are. He never will be far away.”

Compassion Action

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
June 14, 2020

Today’s message focuses on the compassion Jesus had for the crowds who gathered around him. In the story, the compassion of Jesus is put into action through the work of his disciples. This is a call to action for us as well. Pastor Kathy reminds us that as we get to this Compassion Action, we are led by the One whose labor of love cost him his life for us to have life.

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Holy Trinity Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Our Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton prepared a recording for Holy Trinity Sunday and invited pastors throughout the ELCA to share it as the sermon of the day. We offer it to you as our mid-week worship experience. In her message she describes how God as Trinity shows up today in the way of love, relationship, justice and peace. May this timely sermon fill you with hope and inspire you to be together in communion and community of the Holy Trinity.

Holy Trinity Sunday

Drive-In Worship

Pastor David Kiel
June 7, 2020

God the Father. God the Son. God the Holy Spirit. Creator. Redeemer. Sustainer. Pastor David Kiel helps us grasp the meaning of the Holy Trinity and how God can be One yet Three. And, in being Three in One, how God enables us to fulfill the Great Commission through His Great Promise, which will continue to bless us, fill us, empower us and sustains us always, to the end of the age.

God is Faithful

Mid-Week Faith Story of Faye Snyder
June 3, 2020

Listen as Pastor Faye Snyder reveals how God has been faithful throughout her life, just as He will be in yours. She has learned to lean on God, because His promises are real. She understands why it is said that “People make plans and God laughs.” God said to her, “My child that was not my plan for you. I have a better one.” She has stopped asking WHY, because there is often no answer. Better to ask HOW — how should I respond to life’s challenges and God’s call.

Pentecost Drive-In Worship

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
May 31, 2020

When the burdens of life press upon us, what should we do? For certain, we should breathe. But, we must learn to breathe differently. We must learn to breathe in the breath of life. Breathe in — breathe out. Breathe in the power of the Holy Spirit. Breathe in peace and live. Breathe in the power of God’s love and then breathe that power out into the world.

Faith, Service and Purpose —
Three Pillars of Faith

Stacy Parsons
May 27, 2020

Martin Luther said that “Faith is God’s work in us.” Tonight, Stacy Parson shares how God has worked in her life as she shares the three pillars of her faith: Grace, Service and Purpose. Her strong faith undergirds her, assuring her that her life is truly in God’s hands. And, like Martin Luther, she understands that come what may, she knows she, too, can stand.

He Prayed for Us

Memorial Day Weekend
Pastor David Kiel

May 24, 2020

Jesus prayed for us.  He prayed passionately.  He prayed earnestly.  And what did He pray for us?  That we may all be one in our faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit come to know God so that we, too, may do the work of the Father.  Pastor David helps us understand what this means for us in our daily lives and how we are blessed in being a blessing to others.

Nancy Leister
Mid-Week Faith Journey

May 20, 2020

Nancy Leister recounts her amazing personal journey and how her faith has inspired her life of service to her church, her community and to those around her. She has learned the secret to what makes for a truly successful life. It is a lesson we all need to hear. Real success is not achieved so much through our earthly accomplishments, but rather when we learn to want only what we really need.

“I will not leave you orphaned.”

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
May 17, 2020

There are many kinds of goodbyes — some are long, some are abrupt — but all leave a void. In today’s scripture, Jesus bids goodbye to his disciples but reassures them that he will be back and will never abandon them. Pastor Kathy reminds us that this is a message for us today as well. Christ is always present, abiding with us and revealing himself to us and to those around us through the love we share.

Mid-Week Service — Hymn Sing

May 13, 2020

Music is an integral part of worship as we sing praises to God.  It also adds depth and richness to life itself. Please join Scott Fredericks, our Minister of Music, as he leads us in this meaningful hymn sing. Add your voices to those of Richard Carson, Lea Coppola, Madison Maloney, Amy and Terry Schlitzer and Helen Smith as you follow the words on the screen.  Don’t be bashful.  Sing out. Sing unto the Lord.

Home of Hope

Pastor David Kiel
May 10, 2020

Every house has a history with a story to tell. But it is the house full of love that becomes a home and shares the best tale of all — a tale of peace and comfort, security and hope. Pastor David shares his vision of our home yet to come, built by the loving hands of God Himself. A Home of Hope where troubled hearts will be no more.

Mothers Day Faith Stories

The Staub and Deitzel/Fralic Families

The relationship between Mother and Child is like no other. This special bond shapes the lives of each and every one of us. It is truly a gift from God and, in its purest form, is a reflection of God’s perfect love for us all. Listen to the heart warming stories of the Staub and Deitzel/Fralic families and consider the impact your mothers have had on your own lives.

The Abundant Life —
Good Shepherd Sunday

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
May 3, 2020

Just how do we get the abundant life we are promised? Discover that true abundance is found in how  we live our lives. It comes in the doing, not the receiving. Pastor Kathy nudges us into a way of living and a lifetime commitment that leads to that abundant life. The key – Listen, Trust and Follow the Good Shepherd who came that we might “have life, and have it abundantly.”

A Lifelong Faith Story

Faith Story of Rollie and Ardis Kunde

The Kundes have been dedicated and faithful believers their entire lives, whether living here, in Germany or in England. Journey with them as they discuss how their love of music and their deep faith was nurtured at an early age and has carried and sustained them throughout their entire lives.

On the Road to Emmaus

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
April 26, 2020

This is not simply another Easter story — it is OUR story. Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman takes us on the road. The question is where does the road lead us. And who will we meet along the way? Will we recognize Jesus as we travel, even though we may be standing in the shadow of the cross or in the midst of a pandemic? We must never forget that Christ is Risen and will appear to us, if we but keep our eyes open in hope.

Have No Fear, Little Flock

Faith Story of Amy Schlitzer

Have No Fear, Little Flock — Words to live by and words which have often come back to Amy Schlitzer through the years. She has found comfort and support through music and the people in her life that have strengthened her faith in both good and challenging times. “For the Father will keep you in his love forever; have good cheer, little flock!“

Did Thomas Get a Bad Rap?

Pastor David Kiel
April 19, 2020

Who among us is without DOUBT? It is hard to maintain our beliefs in the midst of the fears and uncertainties of today’s world. How can we still believe while living in a world surrounded by so many things that make us question our faith in God? Let’s take a fresh look at Thomas as Pastor David Kiel encourages us to consider our own doubts. Maybe, just maybe, Doubt is an essential part of Faith.

God Winks and Growing Faith

Faith Story of Carroll Granger

You will not want to miss Carroll Granger’s inspiring story as he traces the growth of his faith through the years. He recounts how many times he has experienced “God winks” throughout his life and how St. Matthew has always been and continues to be at the heart of his story and at the center of his life.

Easter Sunday Service

Alleluia! Christ in Risen. Christ is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman shares with us what it means to live out our Easter faith in a Good Friday World full of seemingly insurmountable fears and challenges. Because we are Easter people, we can live in hope with the assurance that we will indeed meet Jesus, even in this Good Friday World.

Children & Family Easter Celebration

Alleluia! Christ in Risen. Christ is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

“April,” our friendly caterpillar, has been asleep under the St. Matthew altar for seven long weeks. Time for her to wake up. Deacon Jan Davis tells us how, just like Jesus, April comes back to life, spreading her wings and emerging from her cocoon as a beautiful butterfly. April teaches us, in a very real way, that Jesus, too, is Alive.

Good Friday

Pastor David Kiel
April 10, 2020

Maundy Thursday

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
April 9, 2020

Palm Sunday – Enjoy the Parade

Pastor David Kiel
April 5, 2020

Lenten Faith Story

Jane West
April 1, 2020

Come Out

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
March 28-29, 2020

Lenten Faith Story

Jaime Patterson
March 25, 2020

Was Blind But Now I See

Pastor David Kiel
March 21-22, 2020

Lenten Faith Story

Mike Jones
March 18, 2020

The Women at the Well

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
March 14-15, 2020

Nic(odemus) At Night

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
March 7-8, 2020

Identify Theft (with Childrens Sermon)

Pastor David Kiel
February 29-March 1, 2020

On the Mountaintop

Deacon Jan Davis
February 22-23, 2020

The Gift of the Law (with Childrens Sermon)

Pastor Renée Kiel
February 15-16, 2020

You Are Called

Pastor Rob Moore
February 8-9, 2020

How Can We Not Sing?

Pastor David Kiel
February 1-2, 2020

Find Out What Your Gifts Are

Pastor Rob Moore
January 25-26, 2020

Be a Disciple (with Childrens Sermon)

Pastor David Kiel
January 18-19, 2020

Epiphany: Who Would We Follow?
(with Childrens Sermon)

Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman
January 4-5, 2020