Missouri Synod Church in Downtown Memphis

Sermons

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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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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