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Apple Valley, Minnesota

November 13, 2016, Sermon by Pastor Andrea Roske-Metcalfe

Luke 17:21-25 The Message

When the Son of Man Arrives

20-21 Jesus, grilled by the Pharisees on when the kingdom of God would come, answered, “The kingdom of God doesn’t come by counting the days on the calendar. Nor when someone says, ‘Look here!’ or, ‘There it is!’ And why? Because God’s kingdom is already among you.”

22-24 He went on to say to his disciples, “The days are coming when you are going to be desperately homesick for just a glimpse of one of the days of the Son of Man, and you won’t see a thing. And they’ll say to you, ‘Look over there!’ or, ‘Look here!’ Don’t fall for any of that nonsense. The arrival of the Son of Man is not something you go out to see. He simply comes.

24-25 “You know how the whole sky lights up from a single flash of lightning? That’s how it will be on the Day of the Son of Man. But first it’s necessary that he suffer many things and be turned down by the people of today.


  1. I haven’t cried since the results of the election because my disbelief s over took my emotions. Your sermon made me cry because it’s message is so beautiful. I only wish the world could hear your wise and comforting words. Thank you for making me feel better then I have in days.
    This sermon will not be your last….this sermon has been your finest.

  2. I am a Lutheran from Macungie, PA. A friend of mine posted your sermon and it’s beautiful…so meaningful, so comforting. For the second time in a week, I sat and cried and the Hallelujah song was a part of both of those times. Thank you for your words. May God bless you and may God bless America!

  3. Bruce and Verna Leitch

    It has been a difficult week and your sermon, along with Sari’s singing has been inspirational because it gives us a direction to follow. I think we all need to take some bold, courageous steps confront the treatment of people of different faiths and color. Keep it up – I will continue to listen.

  4. Thank you Andrea for your very timely and brave message. We will follow your advice to fight against the bigotry
    that seems to have overcome people in this country.

  5. This was shared with my by a friend of a friend, and it really hit home for me. Bless you and your ministry. I will note that when you mentioned the congregational vote to be held after that service, it took me some work to find the Grace Lutheran Church Welcoming statement in the 11/20 Service Bulletin. May I respectfully suggest that you may want to put this in the “Who We Are” under the “About Us?” Thank you so much, and God bless you. (And once you’ve updated your website, please feel free to delete this comment. 🙂

  6. In your sermon, you mentioned plenty of hateful messages against minorities, but NO mention of physical attacks against Trump voters. Why not? You also failed to mention that Donald Trump said “Stop it!” on 60 Minutes. We are seeing a virtual epidemic of murders of policemen as a result of the BLM movement, but you don’t mention that either.
    You say you will speak up if President Trump does something you don’t agree with, just like we could have while Obama was president. But no, we COULDN’T speak up if we disagreed with President Obama because YOU CALLED US RACISTS!
    Pastor Roske-Metcalfe, you sound nothing like the ELCA pastors I grew up with. “Rat’s backside”…really?
    The diaper pin is the perfect metaphor for your views since it is usually surrounded by stuff that comes out of the “backside” of a baby.
    I’m sure Grace Lutheran strongly believes that they are open and inclusive, but I would NOT feel welcome there, and I’m sure these comments will be deleted.

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