Sermons

These are the weekly messages shared by Pastor Mattil with the members of Grace.

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Latest Sermons
Apnea

June 4, 2017 Like many of you, I have Sleep Apnea. I was first diagnosed with this back in 2000. Sleep Apnea means you have periods of time when you stop breathing while you are asleep. Most often, it is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which describes your tongue and throat blocking your airway. The body is deprived of oxygen, so you wake up repeatedly during... [Read more]

Purt Near vs. Brought Near

Ephesians 2:11-18 11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the... [Read more]

Shower the People You Love With Love

  [Click to Play audio clip of “Shower the People”] Many of you know I have been a James Taylor fan for most of my life. I really like his voice and his style. This song tells us to “Shower the people you love with love.” That can be understood on many different levels, and it may be especially appropriate on Mother’s Day as we consider... [Read more]

The Good Shepherd

May 7, 2017 John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I would guess most of you have seen a picture of Jesus carrying a lamb on His shoulders, like the one on the screen. I like this picture. It is the image I most often associate with today’s text: We are sheep cared for by a loving, good Shepherd. How... [Read more]

That Death May Die

Crown Him with Many Crowns   Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne; Hark how the heav’nly anthem drowns All music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing Of Him who died for thee And hail Him as thy matchless King Thro’ all eternity.   Crown Him the Virgin’s Son, The God incarnate born, Whose arm those crimson... [Read more]

Suffering

April 9, 2017 Today we look the crossroad Jesus faced as he moved toward the cross, the crossroad of suffering. The individual we will consider today is one of the disciples of Jesus who was with him throughout his years of ministry and at the last, as he went toward the cross. Today we think about Simon. No, not Simon Peter. The other disciple named... [Read more]

Declaration

April 2, 2017 When you come to a Crossroad. You have to make a decision. Sometimes that happens with little or no thought, especially if you have been down that road before and know where you are going. But other times the choice is not as easy. In fact, it can be downright difficult or even agonizing. Which way should I go? The answer is not always... [Read more]

Compassion

March 26, 2017 In week four of looking at Crossroads we encounter in our lives, we think about a fellow named Malchus, a guard and servant of the high priest in Israel. He was not what you would call “high profile.” He was not someone well-known among his people. He was a servant. It was not a glamorous job. He got along, did his work, and tried... [Read more]

Judgment

3/19/2017 This is our third week to consider what happens in our lives when we come to critical crossroads. One minute everything seems to be going great, when all of a sudden we are confronted with an important decision or choice. Which way is right? Which makes sense? Which is God’s way? It is not always easy to tell or discern. As we consider JUDGMENT... [Read more]

Betrayal

March 12, 2017 Crossroads. They are there for all of us. When you come to those places where you must make a choice, how do you know which is the correct choice? What waits down the different paths that lay before you? Which way does your heart call you to go? Which makes sense? Which is God’s way? This morning we think about an expert on the crossroad... [Read more]

Confession

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” That’s one of the humorous quotes from Yogi Berra. And it is as confusing as coming to Crossroads and not knowing which way to go. We all come to crossroads and have to make decisions. That is what we are examining these Sundays in Lent this year. You are going through life and everything seems to... [Read more]

Are You A Sponge?

February 19, 2017 James 1:17-27 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick... [Read more]

Love

February 12, 2017 Sermon I heard a story many years ago about a 3-year-old little girl who needed a blood transfusion. Her parents discovered that her six-year-old brother was a perfect match, so they talked to him about it. They said, “If we take your blood and put it in your sister, it will make her better.” His eyes got really big as he took... [Read more]

Jesus Christ and Him Crucified

February 5 2017 1 CORINTHIANS 2:1-5   When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  I came to you in weakness and fear and with much trembling.  My message... [Read more]

Be Nice to Each Other

January 29, 2017 Micah 6:1-8 1 Listen to what the LORD says: “Stand up, plead your case before the mountains; let the hills hear what you have to say.  2 Hear, O mountains, the LORD’s accusation; listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. For the LORD has a case against his people; he is lodging a charge against Israel. ... [Read more]

People of the Ditch

January 22, 2017  Life Sunday Luke 10:25–37 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and... [Read more]

How Can You Be an Andrew?

January 15, 2017 After Christmas we went to see Cheryl’s parents. While there, I was working on a sermon. I left it out on a table and my Father-in-law picked it up and went into another room to read it. After a while he walked back laid it on the table again. When I picked it up I noticed he had written something in the margin: “Weak point –... [Read more]

No Other Name

January 8, 2017 Friday was Epiphany, the end of the Christmas Season and the day that commemorates the coming of the Magi to worship the newborn Savior King. This first Sunday after Epiphany has historically been observed as “The Baptism of our Lord.” Today’s Gospel reading was Matthew’s account of this event. We jump from celebrating His birth... [Read more]

Blessing for the New Year

January 1, 2017 Numbers 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, `This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “` “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ‘ “So they will put... [Read more]

Glory

December 25, 2016 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14 About 10 years ago I was waiting in the airport in Portland, Oregon for a flight home. I had attended a pre-convention planning meeting when I was still working with the LWML. Sitting... [Read more]

Joy

December 24 2016 “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 You may have heard the name Henrik Ibsen. He was a prolific Norwegian playwright. One of his many plays is Emperor and Galilean. Written in 1873, the play depicts the life of Julian, who ruled the Roman Empire in 361-363 AD. Julian tried to replace the... [Read more]

Life

December 18 2016 A verse in the Prologue to the Gospel of John gives us these beautiful words: “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16). Grace upon grace, one gift after another, all piled up on top of each other. Some households have piles of presents at this time of year (show picture). There are so many presents... [Read more]

Peace

December 11 2016 “My peace I give to you.” John 14:27 U-2 has a song entitled, “Peace on Earth,” that begins with this lyric, “Heaven on Earth/We need it now/I’m sick of all of this/Hanging around/Sick of sorrow/Sick of pain/Sick of hearing again and again/That there’s gonna be/Peace on Earth.” The angels sang of peace over Bethlehem’s... [Read more]

Hope

November 27, 2016 Romans 8:18-25  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that... [Read more]

Mercy

November 13 332016 Matthew 18:21-35 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began... [Read more]

Grace

November 6, 2106  1 of 3 on Stewardship Matthew 20:1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.... [Read more]

Why Are You Saved?

October 30, 2106 Why are you saved? That is a fairly simple question, so the answer should be easy. But I guess it depends on how you hear the question. There are actually several different answers, depending upon how you understand the question being asked. I want look at some of the answers to this question “why are you saved” that can be found... [Read more]

Foundations: Mission

October 23, 2016 No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 3:11 Today we bring to a close our series on Foundations that are essential parts of our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. Up to this point, we have talked about things that most Christians can see the value and benefit of in their... [Read more]

Foundations: Lord’s Supper

October 16, 2016 No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 3:11 We have been looking at things that are vital to our lives as followers of Jesus, things that we build upon. So far in this series we have thought about the overall story that God has passed on to us, The Bible, Worship, and Baptism.... [Read more]

Foundations: Baptism

10/9/2016 No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 3:11 In this series we have been talking about some of the basic beliefs of our faith in Christ. Today we look at Baptism. It has been my privilege to be around a lot of Baptisms, often times being the one who administers this blessing from... [Read more]