St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School | Beaver Dam, WI | 920.885.3309

Worship Service Schedule

Sunday: 7:30 a.m. • 9:00 a.m. • 10:30 a.m.
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.

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Sermons

“All These I Have Kept”? No. All These Jesus Has Kept!

Sermon on Mark 10:17–27 for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, October 11 & 14, 2018 We learned the First Commandment as “You shall have no other gods.” And the explanation we learned from the Catechism says, “We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.” In his Large Catechism, Martin Luther said this about the…

All This Craziness in the World Is Spiritual Warfare

Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-18  for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, September 13 & 16, 2018 There’s some craziness going on in our world, in case you haven’t noticed. If you look at history—ancient history or recent history, you see people raging and destroying and doing terrible things to each other. Tuesday was September 11. We remembered what…

Our Heart Leaps for Joy

A sermon on Isaiah 35:4-7a for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, September 6/9, 2018. The big day arrives. Our palms grow sweaty from the eager anticipation. The days, which we have been patiently counting down for months, finally grow into hours and minutes. Our hearts pound. All of this builds up to this grand event….

Jesus Is the Living Bread that Came Down from Heaven

Sermon on John 6:51-69 for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, August 23 & 26, 2018 When Jesus fed the 5,000, he had a double purpose, like he did for all his miracles. First, to meet someone’s need. (This is actually the way Jesus fulfills the fifth commandment for us. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, and…

Eat A Good Meal Before Your Tests!

Sermon on 1 Corinthians 10:1-5, 11-13 for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, August 12, 2018   Dear friends in Jesus, the Bread of Life, It’s been a long time since I took college entrance exams like the SAT or ACT, as well as High School and College Semester exams!  It’s been even longer since I…

Jesus Is God’s “Yes!”

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 2 & 5, 2018 This week in our Vacation Bible School, all the lessons were about God rescuing people. God saved baby Moses in the river (Exodus 2:1-10). God’s people crossed the Jordan and entered the promised land (Joshua 3-4). God healed Naaman…

“His heart went out to them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.”

Sermon on Mark 6:30-34 for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 19 & 22, 2018 Today’s Gospel is really a bridge lesson from last week’s Gospel about Jesus sending his disciples out to proclaim the good news and next week’s Gospel about the feeding of the five thousand. That doesn’t mean that this week’s lesson is unimportant—in…

Don’t Shoot the Messenger: The Mission & Message are the Lord’s, not mine!

Sermon on Amos 7:10-15 for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, July 15, 2018   Did you know that the phrase, “don’t shoot the messenger” was first spoken by the prophet Amos?!  That phrase is used among us to tell someone to whom we deliver a message that the message was coming from someone else and…

“Death Struggles” Are “Life Opportunities”

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 for 6th Sunday after Pentecost, July 1, 2018   Have you ever heard someone say, or have you said, “I’m dyin’ here”?   (On a hot, humid July morning in our un-air conditioned sanctuary you might be saying it in your mind right now!)  I’ve heard it most often out of…

Thankfulness Leads to Faithfulness

Sermon on Matthew 25:14-30 for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 21 & 24, 2018 I’ve got a problem with the word “stewardship.” We have a “stewardship” section of hymns in the hymnal, we usually have some kind of “stewardship Sunday” in the fall, we have a three-week “stewardship” sermon series–and what do we connect that word…

Overwhelming Gratitude Leads to Overwhelming Generosity

A sermon on Luke 19:1-10 for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost June 14/17, 2017. The story is told of a local fitness center that was offering $1,000 to anyone who could show they were stronger than the owner of the gym. Here’s how it worked: The muscle-bound owner would squeeze a lemon into a glass…