Missouri Synod Church in Downtown Memphis

Sermons

September 18 – Some Assembly

September 18 - Some Assembly

What makes worship worship? Is it the smells and bells? The decoration and the music, familiar aerobics of stand up, sit down, kneel? Or is there something greater behind the these treasured symbols; a holy and divine spark of presence that gives meaning and truth and the whole exercise? This message explores what it is that makes worship worship, and makes the ones who worship together Christ’s Church. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” ~ John 4:21-24 ________________________________ 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 11 – Negotiation

September 11 - Negotiation

Prayer isn’t so much a skill that we learn, but the overflow of a strong, ongoing relationship with God. This message swims around in an uncomfortably bold conversation between Moses and his Lord; packaging and reselling some of that boldness to re-form and trans-form the way we pray as well… Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… But Moses implored the LORD his God and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.’” And the LORD relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people. ~ Exodus 32:11-14 ________________________________ 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 4 – The Nature of Clay

September 4 - The Nature of Clay

It’s a dangerous prayer we pray: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Inviting the re-creative work of God isn’t for the faint-hearted. He molds us like clay, with work-worn, blood-stained, pierced hands. Him the potter and we the clay. Spend fifteen minutes next to the prophet Jeremiah in the workroom at the Potter’s house… Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… “The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: ‘Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.” ~ Jeremiah 18:1-3 ________________________________ 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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August 28 – Downriver

August 28 - Downriver

Jesus Christ is always the same; ever flowing as a river in the same direction toward the same eternal promise without altering. This message explores our role as Christians swimming in the current; floating in the wake of His constant divine trajectory. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” ~ Hebrews 13:8 ________________________________ 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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August 21 – Spare Parts

August 21 - Spare Parts

Tradition is a beautiful thing; no less than the living faith of the living past. Throughout His ministry, Jesus leans heavily on tradition. But when that tradition, law, boundary, and order are used to exclude; Jesus tends to start flipping tables and driving people out of the Temple

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August 14 – Piecing Together

August 14 - Piecing Together

Every puzzle is a hidden truth that can only be gotten at if you have some sort of secret information; an algorithm that unveils an untold wisdom. It’s easy to lump our spirituality into the pattern of so many puzzles, piecing God together as if He were there for us to figure out. This message quite literally takes a hammer to these delicate puzzles; the fire and hammer of God that shatters our need to solve Him. Looking at the pieces, it turns out that He’s the one working on us… Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… “Is my word not like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” ~ Jeremiah 23:29 ________________________________ 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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August 7 – of a quiet mind

August 7 - of a quiet mind

Worry is the mind’s own personal treadmill. The simulator of infinite unforeseen pitfalls that exhausts both mind and body all without actually going anywhere. We’re right where we started, and have been here all along. Jesus pierces the unending stress-assault with simplicity and calm. He quiets our minds with the promise of enough; always enough. Never the whole race, yet always the next step. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” ~ Luke 12:23-26 ________________________________ 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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July 31 – Addition by Subtraction

July 31 - Addition by Subtraction

Message: Addition by Subtraction (Josh Hatcher) Who are you? Behind the disguises, the masks that we put on to present some sterilized, amped-up version of ourselves we want other people to see; who’s underneath? This message scrapes away some of that plaster, and uncovers the in-process, grace-stained, beloved child of God that’s hidden underneath… Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… Children’s Message (Joel Ripke) “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’” ~ Luke 12:15 ________________________________ 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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July 24 – Prayer in the King’s English

July 24 - Prayer in the King's English

“Lord, teach us to pray.” It’s not so much a question of method, or the proper choosing of words. The disciples wonder is about something far greater. What posture do we take toward the God of all Creation? What social protocol, what unwritten rules do we follow when we dare to talk to God? Jesus answers, as He often does, with Symbol. Imagery to calm the anxious mind and free us to walk intimately with God our Creator, our Redeemer, our Friend. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” ~ Luke 11:1 ________________________________ 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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May 15 – Calm Chaos

May 15 - Calm Chaos

Jesus stands in the midst of utter chaos and brings calm. Sometimes. If your life is anything like mine, chaos is more of a constant, like you’re laying down tracks with a train rolling full-steam ten yards behind you. Chaos never stops, and though Christ doesn’t always calm that chaos, He often pierces through it, letting everything other than Himself fade into the background. This message takes a hard look at our priorities, the way we determine what’s really important to us, and is itself a prayer to the God the Holy Spirit to re-align those priorities with the Cross of Jesus squarely in the center. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… “Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only 9:00 in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.”‘” ~ Acts 2:14-17a ________________________________ 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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May 8 – Culture War

May 8 - Culture War

By considering the world our enemy; the singular evil that threatens the Church and her values, we miss two of God’s most gracious gifts. We miss all that’s good and beautiful about His Creation, and what’s more, we miss the opportunity to be what’s good and beautiful within that Creation. This message explores the relationship between faithful Christians and the world around us, and moves us to understand our place, not as enemies of the world, but leaven for the world. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” ~ Acts 1:8-9 ________________________________ 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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May 1 – Guidance

May 1 - Guidance

There’s no such thing as a self-taught Christian. Knowing God, trusting God, following in the way of Jesus, everything we think of as faith and belief; we’re taught all of it by the inner teacher, the Holy Spirit who lives with us and within us. This message digs around in the promises Jesus makes to His disciples and to us as well. Promises that we will never be alone. He will always be with us, always lead, and always guide. Follow along with this week’s sermon notes… “Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, adn we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:23-27 ________________________________ 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

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