Missouri Synod Church in Downtown Memphis

Sermons

Ash Wednesday 2017 – “A Most Ingenious Paradox”

Two opposing, contradictory statements that, according to common sense, appear to be true.  Paradox!  In this Ash Wednesday sermon Trinity’s Deacon, Dr. Douglas Morrison, explores the many paradoxes of the Lenten season, and how they are resolved in Jesus Christ.  

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2-26-2017 – “Transformations”

Listen as Rev. Mark Gobel, pastor at Christ the King Lutheran, delivers today’s message.  

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2-19-2017 – “Foundations & Pedestals”

Listen as Trinity’s Deacon, Dr. Douglas Morrison, delivers today’s message.  

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2-5-2017 – “This Little Gospel Light Of Mine”

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord. Mary and Joseph bring the infant Jesus to the temple where they meet Simeon and the prophetess Anna. Listen as Trinity’s Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Phil Schmidt, delivers today’s sermon.  

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1-29-2017 “Imitation of Christ?”

  Trinity’s Deacon, Dr. Douglas Morrison, explains why imitation often hinders our faith . . . To hear additional sermons from the archive, click here

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1-1-2017 – “Shepherds? Really?”

Listen to Dr. Douglas Morrison’s message for New Year’s Day   To hear additional sermons from the archive, click here

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Christmas Day Sermon -The Joy of Jesus

Listen as Dr. Douglas Morrison delivers the message for Trinity’s Christmas Day Service. This is the Feast of the Nativity, the First Day of Christmas.

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10-30-2016 – “Watch the Road”

What motivates a thirty-three year old monk to start a revolution? It wasn’t a Restoration; a movement backward to reinstate what once was. A Reformation moves the Church forward to realize what could be. For a Church that’s always in Reformation, that means we watch the road… So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” ~ John 8:31-33 ________________________________ About the Preacher Josh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and the Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, distinctly Lutheran, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of Downtown Memphis. Follow on Facebook

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October 23 – A Clean Slate

October 23 - A Clean Slate

Forgiveness is more than just the simple undoing of our wrongs. It’s an immeasurable cleansing of the residue that lingers in our memory; the assurance given every time we assemble in the Name of Jesus. This message explores the healing power of Confession, and the clean slate of Christ’s forgiveness. “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” ~ Luke 18:9-14 ________________________________ About the Preacher Douglas Morrison has served as Deacon at Trinity Lutheran Church since 2012, where he is active in preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and liturgy. He also holds advanced degrees in Music. Like Us On Facebook

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October 9 – Momentum

October 9 - Momentum

Imagine how differently we would think about the world if our primary method of movement was the bicycle. It’s not like walking or driving in a car; stop and go, move and rest. On a bicycle, if you’re not moving forward, you’re falling over. This message explores the constant, forward momentum of Jesus, and our calling as His children to go into every corner of our community to intentionally and proactively make disciples. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” ~ Acts 1:8-11 ________________________________ About the Preacher Josh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and the Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, distinctly Lutheran, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of Downtown Memphis. Follow on Facebook Follow on Twitter

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October 2 – Light up the Sky

October 2 - Light up the Sky

The fascinating thing about light is its automatic movement outward. Its essence isn’t contained within its source; it spreads everywhere its light is unhindered with such ferocity that all other motion is measured against its speed. Thus the speed of light. This message explores the automatic reaction of Witness that flows from our own experience with the risen Jesus, and the beauty of His Gospel message that isn’t contained within its source either. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” ~ Luke 11:33 ________________________________ About the Preacher Josh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and the Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, distinctly Lutheran, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of Downtown Memphis. Follow on Facebook Follow on Twitter

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September 25 – The Patience of Tall Trees

September 25 - The Patience of Tall Trees

The roots of tall trees burrow deep into the ground; the product of sporadic rain and deliberate movement further into the earth. Soul health is like that sometimes. The product of sporadic discomfort and the converting work of the Spirit of God. This message dissects our strange and uncomfortable discipleship as our God recreates us as Good Trees that Bear Good Fruit. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… [Jesus said,] “So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.” ~ Matthew 7:17-18 ________________________________ About the Preacher Josh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and the Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, distinctly Lutheran, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of Downtown Memphis. Follow on Facebook Follow on Twitter

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