Saint Athanasius Lutheran Church
Missouri Synod
114 Kingsley Road SW, Vienna, VA  22180
703-455-4003
Rev. James Douthwaite, Pastor
Lenten Sermons
2014
March 5 (Ash Wednesday) - " 'X' Marks the Spot" [PDF] [Listen]
March 9 (Lent 1) - "True Good vs. False Good" [PDF] [Listen]
March 16 (Lent 2) - "Back to the Basics" [PDF] [Listen]
March 23 (Lent 3) - "Who's Really the Thirsty One?" [PDF] [Listen]
March 30 (Lent 4) - "The End of the Blame Game" [PDF] [Listen]
April 6 (Lent 5) - "Resurrection and Life, Now and Forever" [PDF] [Listen]
April 13 (Palm / Passion Sunday) - "THE Story" [PDF] [Listen]
April 14 - Holy Monday Meditation [PDF]
April 15 - Holy Tuesday Meditation [PDF]
April 16 - Holy Wednesday Meditation [PDF]
April 17 (Holy Maundy Thursday) - "Not a Lifeless Calf - A Living Lamb" [PDF] [Listen]
April 18 (Good and Holy Friday Noon) - The Way of the Cross [PDF] [Listen]
April 18 (Good and Hold Friday Evening) - "Love So Amazing, So Divine" [PDF] [Listen]

Midweek Series: The Servant Songs of Isaiah
March 12 - (The Servant of Justice) "Behold, My Servant" [PDF] [Listen]
March 19 - (The Servant of All) "The Successful Failure" [PDF] [Listen]
March 26 - (The Committed Servant) "Learn and Live!" [PDF] [Listen]
April 2 - (The Suffering Servant) "The Servant Suffers For You" [PDF] [Listen]
April 9 - (The Triumphant Servant) "The Great Reversal" [PDF] [Listen]

2013
February 13 (Ash Wednesday) - "The Pure and Holy Lamb of God" [PDF] [Listen]
February 24 (Lent 2) - "Safe Under the Shelter of His Wings" [PDF] [Listen]
March 3 (Lent 3) - "A Very Gracious Gardener" [PDF] [Listen]
March 10 (Lent 4) - "An Old Parable a New Way" [PDF] [Listen]
March 17 (Lent 5) - "The Son: Not Against You But For You" [PDF] [Listen]
March 24 (Palm/Passion Sunday) - "Where are Their Gods? Hear! Here!" [PDF] [Listen]
March 28 (Holy Thursday) - "A New Covenant" [PDF] [Listen]
March 29 (Good Friday Noon) - The Way of the Cross [PDF]
              (Great and Holy Friday Tenebrae) - "A Wormy Saviour" [PDF] [Listen]

Midweek Series: Lamb of God, Pure and Holy
February 20 - "The Crucified Lamb of God" [PDF] [Listen]
February 27 - "The Patient Lamb of God" [PDF] [Listen]
March 6 - "The Lowly Lamb of God" [PDF] [Listen]
March 13 - "The Lamb of God Who Suffered Scorn" [PDF] [Listen]
March 20 - "The Lamb of God Who Bears Our Sins Away" [PDF] [Listen]

2012
February 22 (Ash Wednesday) - "Return" [PDF] [Listen]
February 26 (Lent 1) - "A Mighty Enemy, A Mightier Fortress" [PDF] [Listen]
March 4 (Lent 2) - "A New Life on a New Page" [PDF] [Listen]
March 11 (Lent 3) - "A New Temple, A New Life" [PDF] [Listen]
March 25 (Lent 5 / The Annunciation of our Lord) - "Love Unknown, Now Known in
                                                                                 Christ" [PDF] [Listen]
April 1 (Palm/Passion Sunday) - "He Made Himself Nothing" [PDF] [Listen]
April 5 (Holy Maundy Thursday) - "A Greater Gift" [PDF] [Listen]
April 6 (Good Friday Noon) - "Meditations on The Way of the Cross" [PDF]
April 6 (Great and Holy Friday) - "Words of Life and Victory" [PDF] [Listen]

Midweek Series: The Lamentations of Zion
February 29 - "The Misery of Fallen Zion" (Ch. 1) [PDF] [Listen]
March 7 - "The Felling of Majestic Zion" (Ch. 2) [PDF] [Listen]
March 14 - "The Suffering Servant of Zion" (Ch. 3) [PDF] [Listen]
March 21 - "The Desecration of Holy Zion" (Ch. 4) [PDF] [Listen]
March 28 - "The Prayer for the Remnant of Zion" (Ch. 5) [PDF] [Listen]

2011
March 9 (Ash Wednesday) - "Miraculous Darkness" [PDF] [Listen]
March 13 (Lent 1) - "Fighting for You" [PDF] [Listen]
March 20 (Lent 2) - "Gift Given, Gift Received, Gift Confessed and Lived" [PDF][Listen]
March 27 (Lent 3) - "Jesus Satisfies the Thirsting Soul" [PDF] [Listen]
April 3 (Lent 4) - "Given Eyes and Learning to See" [PDF] [Listen]
April 10 (Lent 5) - "I AM the Resurrection and the Life" [PDF] [Listen]
April 17 (Palm/Passion Sunday) - "Dying Christians in a Dying Church" [PDF]
April 22 (Good Friday Noon) - "The Way of the Cross (PDF)"
April 22 (Great and Holy Friday) - "Behold the Lamb of God" [PDF] [Listen]

Midweek Series
: Miracles of Lent
March 16 - "The Tearing of the Temple Curtain" [PDF] [Listen]
March 23 - "The Earthquake" [PDF] [Listen]
March 30 - "The Splitting of Rocks" [PDF] [Listen]
April 6 - "The Raising of the Saints" [PDF] [Listen]
April 13 - "The Faith of the Roman Soldier" [PDF] [Listen]


2010
February 17 (Ash Wednesday) - "Return in Joy" [PDF] [Listen]
February 21 (The First Sunday in Lent) - "For Us Fights the Valiant One" [PDF] [Listen]
February 28 (The Second Sunday in Lent) - "Comfortable or Repentant?" [PDF] [Listen]
March 7 (The Third Sunday in Lent) - "Repent is Not a Four Letter Word" [PDF] [Listen]
March 14 (The Fourth Sunday in Lent) - "Coming Home to Prodigal Love" [PDF] [Listen]
March 21 (The Fifth Sunday in Lent) - "The Fruits of Faith and Love" [PDF] [Listen]
March 28 (Palm Sunday - The Sunday of the Passion) - "The Love of Power, or the
                                                                              Power of Love" [PDF] [Listen]
March 31 (Holy Wednesday) - "No Greater Love" [PDF] [Listen]
April 1 (Holy Maundy Thursday) - "Precious Words: For You" [PDF] [Listen]
April 2 (Great and Holy Friday) - "Thank God It's Friday!" [PDF] [Listen]

Midweek Series
: The Deliverer of Israel
February 24 - "Snakes, Water, and Blood" [PDF] [Listen]
March 3 - "Frogs and Gnats" [PDF] [Listen]
March 10 - "Flies, Pestilence, and Boils" [PDF] [Listen]
March 17 - "Hail, Locusts, and Darkness" [PDF] [Listen]
March 24 - "Death of the Firstborn" [PDF] [Listen]

2009
February 25 (Ash Wednesday) - "A Wounded Savior for a Wounded People" [PDF]
March 1 (The First Sunday in Lent) - "Killer Trials" [PDF]
March 8 (The Second Sunday in Lent) - "A Costly Confession" [PDF]
March 15 (The Third Sunday in Lent) - "Consumed with Zeal for you" [PDF]
March 22 (The Fourth Sunday in Lent) - "True Love" [PDF]
March 29 (The Fifth Sunday in Lent) - "The Glory of the Cross" [PDF]
April 5 (Palm Sunday- The Sunday of the Passion) - "All for You" [PDF]
April 8 (Holy Week Midweek) - "Our Gideon Fights For Us" [PDF]
April 9 (Holy Maundy Thursday) - "A Meal for the Wounded" [PDF]
April 10 (Great and Holy Friday) - "Behold the Life-Giving Cross" [PDF]

Midweek Series
: O Sacred Head Now Wounded
March 4 - "The Wound of Betrayal" [PDF]
March 11 - "The Wound of Apathy" [PDF]
March 18 - "The Wound of Denial" [PDF]
March 25 - "The Wound of Mockery" [PDF]
April 1 - "The Wound of Abandonment" [PDF]

2008
February 6 (Ash Wednesday) - "Return for Life" [PDF]
February 10 (Lent 1) - "One Huge Victorious Man" [PDF]
February 17 (Lent 2) - "The Gift of Faith, and Faith in the Gift" [PDF]
February 24 (Lent 3) - "The Gift of God" [PDF]
March 2 (Lent 4) - "Learning About Seeing From a Blind Man" [PDF]
March 9 (Lent 5) - "Turning a Cemetery into Paradise" [PDF]
March 16 (Palm / Passion Sunday) - "Holy War" [PDF]
March 20 (Holy Maundy Thursday) - "Conflict Resolution" [PDF]
March 21 (Good Friday) - The Way of the Cross [PDF]
March 21 (Good Friday Tenebrae) - "Reconciled" [PDF]

Midweek Series: The Torah Story
February 13 - "Genesis - Beginnings and Promise" [PDF]
February 20 - "Exodus - The Birth of a People" [PDF]
February 27 - "Leviticus - Growing as Children" [PDF]
March 5 - "Numbers - Adolescence and Rebellion" [PDF]
March 12 - "Deuteronomy - Maturity" [PDF]

2007
February 21 (Ash Wednesday) - "Self-righteous or Christ-righteous?" [PDF]
February 25 (Lent 1) - "A Mighty Fortress" [PDF]
March 4 (Lent 2) - "Little Fuzzy Yellow Christians" [PDF]
March 11 (Lent 3) - "Repentant Eyes are Compassionate Eyes" [PDF]
March 18 (Lent 4) - "Who's Really Prodigal?" [PDF]
March 25 (Lent 5 - Annunciation) - "Quietly and Suddenly" [PDF]
April 1 (Palm / Passion Sunday) - Homilies [PDF]
April 5 (Holy Maundy Thursday) - "The New Covenant" [PDF]
April 6 (Great and Holy Friday) - "Our Bridegroom Covered with Blood" [PDF]

Midweek Series
: The Theology of the Cross
February 28 - "Seeing God from Behind" [PDF]
March 7 - "The God who Regards" [PDF]
March 14 - "Hope for Today . . . and Tomorrow" [PDF]
March 21 - "The Darkness Where God Is" [PDF]
March 28 - "Strange Glory" [PDF]

2006
March 1 (Ash Wednesday) - "The Ashes of Paradise Lost" [PDF]
March 5 (Lent 1) - "Repent and Believe the Gospel" [PDF]
March 12 (Lent 2) - "Cross to Life" [PDF]
March 19 (Lent 3) - "Not mad at You - Mad for You" [PDF]
March 26 (Lent 4) - "Snake bit?" [PDF]
April 2 (Lent 5) - "Christ Crucified - God For You" [PDF]
April 9 (Palm / Passion Sunday) - "The Bridegroom par excellance" [PDF]
April 13 (Maundy Thursday) - "It is I" [PDF]
April 14 (Good Friday) - "A Night of Solemn Joy" [PDF]

Midweek Series
: The Exoduses of Scripture
March 8 - "Abraham's Exodus Before the Exodus" [PDF]
March 15 - "Jacob the Heel Comes Home" [PDF]
March 22 - "Out of Egypt I Have Called My Son" [PDF]
March 29 - "Exile and Return from Our Babylons" [PDF]
April 5 - "The Promise of a Cosmopolitan Exodus" [PDF]

2005
February 9 (Ash Wednesday) - "The Bad Change; the Good Change" [PDF]
February 13 (Lent 1) - "It's Not Fair!" [PDF]
February 27 (Lent 3) - "Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus" [PDF]
March 6 (Lent 4) - "New Kingdom, New Life" [PDF]
March 13 (Lent 5) - "Can These Bones Live?" [PDF]
March 20 (Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion) - "Our Beast of Burden" [PDF]
March 24 (Maundy Thursday) - "The Food and Drink of Life" [PDF]
March 25 (Good Friday) - "It Is Finished"  [PDF]

Midweek Series
: The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53)
February 16 - "Ugly as Sin" [PDF]
February 23 - "By His Wounds We Are Healed" [PDF]
March 2 - "Stray Sheep / Found Sheep" [PDF]
March 9 - "Remaining Silent" [PDF]

2004
February 26 (Ash Wednesday) - "Powerful Sin, Powerful Blood!" [PDF]
February 29 (Lent 1) - "Our Mighty Fortress" [PDF]
March 7 (Lent 2) - "Risky Business" [PDF]
March 14 (Lent 3) - "Holy Manure!" [PDF]
March 21 (Lent 4) - "Overwhelming Love" [PDF]
March 28 (Lent 5) - "Hope for Wicked Tenants" [PDF]
April 4 (Palm / Passion Sunday) - Homilies [PDF]
April 8 (Maundy Thursday) - "Living in Repentance" [PDF]
April 9 (Good Friday) - "In the Darkness Hangs the Light" [PDF]

Midweek Series
: Shadows of our Saviour
March 4 - "Isaac - The Death of the Promise?" [PDF]
March 11 - "Joseph -- Life-Giver in Death" [PDF]
March 18 - "Gideon -- The Mighty Warrior" [PDF]
March 25 - "Samson -- Destroying the Stronghold" [PDF]
April 1 - "David -- Against All Odds" [PDF]

2003
March 5 (Ash Wednesday) - "Our Sin Offering" [PDF]
March 9 (Lent 1) - "Our Scapegoat" [PDF]
March 16 (Lent 2) - "A Relentless Love" [PDF]
March 23 (Lent 3) - "Shock and Awe!" [PDF]
March 30 (Lent 4) - "Snake Bit No More!" [PDF]
April 6 (Lent 5) - "Seeing Jesus is Seeing God For You" [PDF]
April 13 (Palmarum) - Homilies [PDF]
April 17 (Maundy Thursday) - "Feast of Life" [PDF]
April 18 (Good Friday) - "Sin and Love on Display" [PDF]