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Readers' Sermon Library

Licensed Readers under the WV-WMD Synodical Lay Worship Leaders are welcome to use this library to obtain sermons for use in public worship, but using the sermons found here is not required.

The selection of a sermon is a matter to be discussed between the Reader and the Reader's Supervisor. In other words, the Reader may select a sermon form any source so long as it is approved by the Reader's Supervisor. Why? Just because a sermon is published doesn't mean that it is doctrinally sound. The is more than little sketchy theology out there, and some of it is rank heresy. Additionally, even a theologically sound sermon may not be appropriate at a given time in a given place. Caveat: Do not assume that publisher or author is a guarantee. Even the best of preachers periodically preach something inconsistent with our doctrinal basis. By the same token, that something is published outside of the denomination does not mean that it is automatically inconsistent with our doctrinal basis. The text itself must be tested, not the publisher nor the author. When selecting a text, always hold it up to the Scriptures, Creeds, and Lutheran Confessions. At the most basic level, if a text conflicts with the Large Catechism, it is in appropriate for a Lutheran pulpit.

Whenever a sermon is read for a church service, proper attribution is to be made. At no time should the work of another be presented as if it is one's own work. Proper attribution includes the author, title, date of publication (if known), and publishing house (if known).

This library is divided into three sections at present.

As time goes on, this library will expand, offering new resources. Your input is welcome. You may contact The Rev. Sean Smith with questions, suggestions, etc.

Section I: Books of Sermons

These books may be easily obtained and, often, for very little expense from various on-line retailers. A congregation or a licensed reader may find it prudent to buy one or more for ongoing use. Indeed, anyone (preacher or person in the pew) may find these books salutary for devotion or study. We do not vouch for the quality of all the sermons in these books. The reader should work with his/her supervisor to determine appropriateness.

The links will open the title page and table of contents for each of the books. You can review what is available there, and use that to inform your purchasing decisions (or borrowing decisions should you decide to use a real library). Some of these texts might be found on the internet.

Many of the books are keyed to the Common Lectionary, but the current resource is the Revised Common Lectionary. It may not be sufficient in all cases to simply look at the ecclesiastical date. Look at the text that is indicated. If you find that a particular ecclesiastical date does not have the same text listed in the book as the RCL indicates for use, look a few Sundays before or after. You may find the desired text there (as the RLC shifted some readings from the CL).

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Section II: Online Sermons Keyed to the Lectionary, Year A

All the sermons here are in the public domain and available on the web. As close as possible, the sermons are keyed to the Revised Common Lectionary currently in use in the ELCA. Sermons will be added to this page as the year(s) progress. If you have found sermons that you would like to recommend for this page, contact the Commission for Synodical Lay Worship Leaders (chair, The Rev. Sean Smith). For sermons that are not keyed to any particular pericope (assigned reading) but are appropriate to season, day, or occasion, go to Section III: Online Sermons for the Occasion, Day, or Season. N.B., some of these sermons are longer than is typically expected of sermons today. In consultation with his/her Supervisor, a Reader may find redaction helpful.

Advent A
First Lesson
First Sunday of Advent
27 November 2022
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Augustine, Psalm CXXII

Romans 13:11-14
Chrysostom, Romans 13:11
Luther, Romans 13:1-14

Matthew 24:36-44
Second Sunday of Advent
4 December 2022
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7,18-19
Augustine, Psalm LXXII
Romans 15:4-13
Chrysostom, Romans 15:8
Luther, Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12
Chrysostom, Matthew 3:1-2
Chrysostom, Matthew: 3:7

Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete)
11 December 2022
Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:5-10
Augustine, Psalm CXLVI

Luke 1:46b-55
Luther, Mangificat *
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11
Chrysostom, Matthew 11:7-9
Luther, Matthew 11:2-10
Fourth Sunday of Advent
18 December 2022
Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7,17-19
Augustine, Psalm LXXX
Romans 1:1-7
Chrysostom, Romans 1:1-2
Matthew 1:18-25
Chrysostom, Matthew 1:22-23

* Luther's Magnificatis too long for a single sermon. Selecting a section of the work may be a reasonable option.

CCEL preserves the typographical error found in NPNF First Series X:243. The sermon is for Matthew 11:7-9, not Matthew 10:7-9.

Christmas A
First Lesson
 Nativity of Our Lord: Mass of the Angels
24 December 2022
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14[15-20]
Luther, Luke 2:1-14
Luther, Luke 2:15-20
Nativity of Our Lord: Mass of the Shepherds
25 December 2022
Isaiah 62:6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:[1-7]8-20
Luther, Luke 2:1-14
Luther, Luke 2:15-20
Nativity of Our Lord: Mass of the People
25 December 2022
Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm 98 Hebrews 1:1-5[5-12] John 1:1-14
Chrysostom, John 1:1 (Homily II)
Chrysostom, John 1:1 (Homily III)
Chrysostom, John 1:1 (Homily IV)
Chrysostom, John 1:3 (Homily V)
Chrysostom, John 1:6 (Homily VI)
Chrysostom, John 1:9 (Homily VII)
Chrysostom, John 1:9 (Homily VIII)
Chrysostom, John 1:11 (Homily IX)
Chrysostom, John 1:11 (Homily X)
Chrysostom, John 1:14 (Homily XI)
Chrysostom, John 1:14 (Homily XII)
Augustine, John 1:1 (Sermon LXVII)
Augustine, John 1:1 (Sermon LXVIII)
Augustine, John 1:1 (Sermon LXIX)
Augustine, John 1:1 (Sermon LXX)
Augustine, John 1:10 (Sermon LXXI)
Augustine, John 1:1-5 (Tractate I)
Augustine, John 1:6-8 (Tractate II)
Luther, John 1:1-14
Name of Jesus
1 January 2023
Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 8
Galatians 4:4-7

Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 2:15-21
Luther, Luke 2:15-20
Luther, Luke 2:21
First Sunday after Christmas
Isaiah 63:7-9
Psalm 148
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:1-12
Chrysostom, Matthew 2:1-2
Chrysostom, Matthew 2:4-5
Chrysostom, Matthew 2:11a *
Luther, Matthew 2:1-12

* CCEL preserves the typographical error found in NPNF, First Series, X:50. The sermon is for Matthew 2:11, not Matthew 2:2.

Ordinary Time following Epiphany
First Lesson
Baptism of Our Lord
8 January 2023
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Luther, Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17
Luther, Matthew 3:13-17 (p.210) *
Second Sunday after Epiphany
15 January 2023
Isaiah 49:1-9
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Luther, 1 Cor 1:4-9
John 1:29-42
Third Sunday after Epiphany
22 January 2023

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
29 January 2023
Micah 6:1-8
Psalm 15
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12
Chrysostom, Matthew 5:1-2
Augustine, Matthew 5:3,8
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
5 February 2023
Isaiah 58:1-9a [9b-12] Psalm 112:1-9 [10]
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 [13-16]
Matthew 5:13-20
Chrysostom, Matthew 5:17
Augustine, Matthew 5:16
Luther, Matthew 5:20-26 (1523)
Luther, Matthew 5:20-26 (1543)
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
12 February 2023
Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37
Chrysostom, Matthew 5:27-28
Augustine, Matthew 5:22
Luther, Matthew 5:20-26 (1523)
Luther, Matthew 5:20-26 (1543)
Transfiguration of Our Lord
12 February 2023
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2

Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9
Chrysostom, Matthew 17:10
Augustine, Matthew 17:1...
Augustine, Matthew 17

* The link is to Luther's Hauspostille, a collection of sermons for the year intended for home devotion. They may be read with profit in the corporate worship of the church. The online format is a PDF scan of the 1884 two-volume printing. As such, the hypertext link takes you to the volume and not the particular sermon. You will have to find the page (page number is provided in parentheses) on the text (not the PDF interface).

These are two different sermons on the same text.

First Lesson
Ash Wednesday
22 February 2023
Joel 2:1-2,12-17
Arndt, Joel 2:12-13 (WC II:IX) *

Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 51:1-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Chrysostom, 2 Corinthians 6:1-12
Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
Chrysostom, Matthew 6:1
Chrysostom, Matthew 6:16
Invocabit (1 Lent A)
26 February 2023
Genesis 2:15-17;3:1-7
Psalm 32
Arndt, Psalm 32:11(12) (WC III:XXI)
Romans 5:12-19
Chrysostom, Romans 5:12
Arndt, Romans 5:19 (WC I:II)
Arndt, Romans 5:19 (WC II:III)
Matthew 4:1-11
Luther, Matthew 4:1-11 (Hauspostille)
Luther, Matthew 4:1-11 (Kirchenpostille)
Reminiscere (2 Lent A)
5 March 2023
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5,13-17
Chrysostom, Romans 4:1-2
John 3:1-17
Luther, John 3:1-15
Oculi (3 Lent A)
12 March 2023
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42
Chrysostom, John 4:13-14
Chrysostom, John 4:21-22
Chrysostom, John 4:28-29
Chrysostom, John 4:40-43
Laetare (4 Lent A)
19 March 2023
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
Luther, Ephesians 5:1-9
John 9:1-41
Chrysostom, John 9:1-2
Chrysostom, John 9:6-7
Chrysostom, John 9:17-18
Chrysostom, John 9:34-36
Judica (5 Lent A)
26 March 2023
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
Arndt, Romans 8:7 (WC IV:II:XXXIII)
John 11:1-45
Chrysostom, John 11:1-2
Chrysostom, John 11:30-31
Chrysostom, John 11:41-42

* Wahren Christentum by Johann Arndt is divided into multiple books with chapters (and, sometimes, parts). The full text can be found at Project Guttenburg under the title, True Christianity: A Treatise on Sincere Repentance, True Faith, The Holy Walk of the True Christian, Etc.

These are two different sermons on the same text.

Holy Week
First Lesson
Palmarum (Palm Sunday)
2 April 2023
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luther, Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14—27:66
See Luther's Hauspostille, Sermons on the Passion
Maundy Thursday
6 April 2023
Exodus 12:1-4[5-10]11-14
Psalm 116:1-2,12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Luther, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (See Luther's Hauspostille)
John 13:1-17;31b-35
Luther, John 13:1-17 (See Luther's Hauspostille)
Good Friday
7 April 2023
Isaiah 52:13—53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10:16-25

Hebrews 4:14-16;5:7-9
John 18:1—19:42
Luther, John 19:25-37 (See Luther's Hauspostille)

First Lesson
Easter Day
9 April 2023
Acts 10:34-43
Ps. 118:1-2,14-24
Col. 3:1-4
Matt. 28:1-10
See Luther's Hauspostille, First Easter-Sermon
Quasi modo geniti (2 Easter A)
16 April 2023
Acts 2:14s,22-32 Ps. 16
1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31
Chrysostom, John 20:10-11
Chrysostom, John 20:24-25
Augustine, John 20:10-29
Augustine, John 20:30—21:11
See Luther's Hauspostille, First Sunday after Easter
Misericordia (3 Easter A)
23 April 2023
Acts 2:14a,36-41
Ps. 116:1-4,12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35
Luther, Luke 24:13-35
Jubilate (4 Easter A)
30 April 2023
Acts 2:42-47
Ps. 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
Luther, 1 Peter 2:11-20
Luther, 1 Peter 2:20-25
John 10:1-10
Augustine, John 10
Augustine, John 10:1-10
Luther, John 10:1-10
Cantate (5 Easter A)
7 May 2023
Acts 7:55-60
Ps. 31:1-5,15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14
Augustine, John 14:1-4 (Tractate LVXVII)
Augustine, John 14:1-4 (Tractate LVXVIII)
Augustine, John 14:4-6 (Tractate LXIX)
Augustine, John 14:7-10 (Tractate LXX)
Augustine, John 14:10-14 (Tractate LXXI)
Augustine, John 14:10-14 (Tractate LXXII)
Augustine, John 14:10-14 (Tractate LXXIII)
Rogate (6 Easter A)
14 May 2023
Acts 17:22-31
Ps. 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21
Augustine, John 14:15-17 (Tractate LXXIV)
Augustine, John 14:18-21 (Tractate LXXV)

Section III: Online Sermons Appropriate for the Occasion, Day, or Season

Some sermons are not closely linked to any particular pericope (assigned reading). They may be appropriate to the occasion, the day, or the season.

Nativity or Our Lord

As the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord stretches across twelve days (the Dodekaemeron), these sermons may be appropriate for any service from Christmas Eve through Twelfth Night (the Eve of the Epiphany).

Leo the Great, Sermon XXI, On the Feast of the Nativity, I
Leo the Great, Sermon XXII, On the Feast of the Nativity, II
Leo the Great, Sermon XXIII, On the Feast of the Nativity, III
Leo the Great, Sermon XXIV, On the Feast of the Nativity, IV
Leo the Great, Sermon XXVI, On the Feast of the Nativity, VI
Leo the Great, Sermon XXVII, On the Feast of the Nativity, VII
Leo the Great, Sermon XXVIII, On the Festival of the Nativity, VIII

Sermon on the Mount

Augustine, Our Lord's Sermon on the Mount According to St. Matthew — This is an extensive exposition on the Sermon on the Mount according to St. Matthew. We present it as a resource. A reader may find that portions of it can be excerpted to form a sermon. The link takes you to the first page ("title page") of this exposition as found in NPNF, First Series, Vol. VI (transcribed for the web at Christian Classics Ethereal Library). Navigation tools are on the colored bar at the top of that page.

Maundy Thursday

Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples

Luther, Hauspostille — Luther's sermon for Maunday Thursday included in the his Hauspostille (House Postil), begins on p.24 of vol. 2 of the Ohio 1884 ed. The sermon is listed in the Hauspostille under the title, "Thursday Before Easter: Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples," and is on John 13:1-17.

Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

Luther, Hauspostille — Luther preached many sermons and wrote many treastises on the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Two such sermons are included in his Hauspostille (House Postil), beginning on p.1 of vol. 2 of the Ohio 1884 ed. The sermons include

First Sermon for the Day of the Lord's Supper: The Holy Sacrament
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Second Sermon for the Day of the Lord's Supper 1 Corinthians 11:27-34

Passion of Christ

Luther, Hauspostille — Luther preached a series of thirteen sermons on the Passion of Christ that are included in the his Hauspostille (House Postil), beginning on p.64 of vol. 2 of the Ohio 1884 ed. The sermons include

I: The Occurrences at the Mount of Olives Matthew 26:36-46
II: The Seizure of Christ in the Garden Matthew 26:47-50
III: Christ Refusing To Be Rescused by Peter's Sword Matthew 26:51-56
IV: The Lord Jesus Led to Annas and Caiaphas and Tried by the Jews Matthew 26:57-68
V: Peter Denies Thrice the Lord Jesus in the House of Caiaphas Matthew 26:69-75
VI: Christ Is Delivered to Pilate—Judas Hangs Himself—The Potter's Field Matthew 27:1-10
VII: Christ Accused before Pilate and Condemned to Death Matthew 27:11-31
VIII: Explanation of Several Points in the History Just Given
IX: Christ Led Away To Be Crucified—Simon Bears the Cross after Him—The Women Who Follow Bewail and Lament Him Luke 23:26-31
X: Christ Nailed to the Cross—His Deeds, Sufferigns and Words on the Cross Matthew 27:33-56
XI: Christ's Prayer on the Cross—The Malefactor on the Right Luke 23:32-43
XII: Christ Commits His Mother to the Care of John—The Soldiers Do Not Break the Legs of Christ, but with a Spear Pierce His Side, from which Blood and Water Flow John 19:25-37
XIII: Christ's Body Taken Down from the Cross and Laid in a Tomb—The Soldier's Guard the Tomb Matthew 27:57-66

Resurrection of Our Lord and the Easter Season

Luther, Hauspostille — Three of Luther's sermons for Easter Day and sermons for the Sundays of Easter following are included in the his Hauspostille (House Postil), beginning on p.265 of vol. 2 of the Ohio 1884 ed. The sermons include (but this is only the first few)

First Easter-Sermon: The Power and the Benefit of the Resurrection of Christ Matthew 28:1-10
Second Easter-Sermon: On the 28 Chapter of St. Matthew
Matthew 28
Third Easter-Sermon: Luke 24:36-47 Luke 24:36-47
First Sunday after Easter (Quasimodogeniti)
John 20:19-31
Second Sunday after Easter (Misericodias Domini)
John 10:11-16
Third Sunday after Easter (Jubilate)
John 16:16-23
Fourth Sunday after Easter (Cantate)
John 16:5-15
Fifth Sunday after Easter (Rogate)
John 16:23-30
Ascension Day
Acts 1:1-11
Sunday after Ascension (Exaudi)
John 15:26—16:4

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