Sermons

The Holy Cross sermons are available in transcribed text or .mp3 audio format. Simply click on the "text" link to read the sermon or click on the "audio" link to listen and/or download the .mp3 audio file. Note: The sermons are listed by most recent. Typically, the text version is delayed by one month due to the transcription process.

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February 18, 2018, The First Sunday in Lent - Pastor Bartels
"The Temptation of Christ" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
Weekly Worship Guide

Mark 1:12-15/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

 

12The Spirit immediately sent Jesus out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels were serving him.

14After John was put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. 15“The time is fulfilled,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near! Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

 

February 11, 2018, The Transfiguration of Our Lord - Pastor Tweit
"Elijah's Departure and Ours" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
Weekly Worship Guide

2 Kings 2:1-12a/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah was traveling with Elisha from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”

But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

3The sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord is taking your master away from you?”

Then he said, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.”


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Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here because the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”

 

But he said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho.

5Then the sons of the prophets who were in Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord is taking your master away from you?”

He said, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.”

6Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here because the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”

But he said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.

7Then fifty men from the sons of the prophets came and stood and watched them from a distance, while the two of them were standing at the Jordan. 8Elijah took his cloak, folded it together, and struck the water. The water divided to the right and to the left. Then the two of them crossed on dry land.

9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask me for whatever I can do for you before I am taken from you.”

Then Elisha said, “Let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”

10He said, “You have asked for a difficult thing. If you see me being taken from you, it will surely be yours. But if not, then it will not.”

11While they were walking and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire, and horses of fire came and separated them. So Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12Elisha was watching and crying out, “My father! My father! Israel’s chariot and its charioteers!” Then he did not see him anymore.



February 4, 2018, Fifth Sunday in  Epiphany - Pastor Bartels
"A Helping Hand!" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio soon
Weekly Worship Guide

Mark 1:29-36/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

29They left the synagogue and went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed, sick with a fever. Without delay they told Jesus about her. 31He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32That evening, when the sun had set, the people kept bringing to him all who were sick and demon-possessed. 33The whole town gathered at the door. 34He healed many people who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. But he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was.

35Jesus got up early in the morning, while it was still dark, and went out. He withdrew to a solitary place and was praying there. 36Simon and his companions searched for him, 37and, when they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is looking for you!”

38He told them, “Let’s go somewhere else, to the neighboring villages, so that I can preach there too. In fact, that is why I have come.” 39Then he went throughout the whole region of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 

 

 

January 28, 2018, Fourth Sunday in  Epiphany - Pastor Tweit
"I Know Who You Are!" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
Weekly Worship Guide

Mark 1:21-28/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

21Then they went into Capernaum. On the next Sabbath day, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22They were amazed at his teaching, because he was teaching them as one who has authority and not as the experts in the law. 23Just then there was a man with an unclean spirit in their synagogue. It cried out, 24“What do we have to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25Jesus rebuked the spirit, saying, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”

26The unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions, and after crying out with a loud voice, it came out of him. 27Everyone was so amazed that they began to discuss this with each other. They said, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands the unclean spirits, and they obey him!” 28News about him spread quickly through all the region of Galilee. 


January 21, 2018, Third Sunday in  Epiphany - Pastor Bartels

"Life is Precious!" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
Jonah 3:1-5, 10/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2“Get up, go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.”

3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh just as the word of the Lord had commanded. Now Nineveh was a great city to God. It required a three-day walk. 4Jonah walked through the city for a day, and he called out, “Forty more days and Nineveh is going to be overthrown!”

5The men of Nineveh believed God. They proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least.

10When God saw their actions, that they had turned from their evil way, God relented from the disaster which he said he would bring on them, and he did not carry it out.


January 14, 2018, Second Sunday in  Epiphany - Pastor Tweit
"Make Me A Servant" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
Weekly Worship Guide
1 Samuel 3:1-10/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)
1 The boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days. Prophetic vision was not common. 2 Now it happened that Eli's eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see. Once when Eli was lying down in his place 3 and God's lamp had not yet gone out, Samuel was lying down in the Lord's temple, where God's ark was. 4 The Lord called Samuel, and Samuel said, "I am here." 5 He ran to Eli, and said, "I am here, since you called me." Eli said, "I did not call. Lie down again." So he went and lay down. 6 Then the Lord called once more, "Samuel!" So Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "I am here, since you called me." He answered, "I did not call, my son. Lie down again." 7 Now Samuel had not yet experienced the Lord's presence, that is, the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 The Lord called Samuel for the third time. So he got up and went to Eli and said, "I am here, since you called me." Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the young man. 9 So Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.'" So Samuel went and once again lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there and called as he had the other time, "Samuel! Samuel! Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."

January 7, 2018, The Epiphany of our Lord - Pastor Bartels

"The Gentiles Christmas" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
Weekly Worship Guide
Matthew 2:1-12/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, when Herod was king, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, 2 "Where is he who has been born King of the Jew? We was his star when it rose and have come to worship him." 3 When Kind Herod heard this, he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 He gathered together all the people's chief priests and experts in the law. he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, because this was written through the prophet: 6 You, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are certainly not least among the rulers of Judah: because out of you will come a ruler, who will shepherd my people, Israel." 7 Then Herod secretly summoned the Wise Men and found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the child. When you find him, report to me, so that I may also go and worship him." 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. Then the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them, until it stood still over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with overwhelming joy. 11 After they went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Since they had been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another route.



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Madison, WI 53704
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