Sermons

December 8, 2019

Old Testament          Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm                         Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

Epistle                        Romans 15:4-13

Gospel                       Matthew 3:1-12

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            “In those days, John the Baptist appeared ...”, as if all of a sudden. God’s saving work rarely happens all of a sudden. Since creation God has been calling humanity to be reconciled with the Divine. John’s beginnings were no less abrupt. John’s bir...

December 1, 2019

Old Testament          Isaiah 2:1-5

Psalm                         Psalm 122

Epistle                        Romans 13:11-14

Gospel                       Matthew 24:36-44

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, ... that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Today marks the beginning of a new Church year with the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a liminal time, an in-between time, a time of watching, waiting, and anticipation. Advent is also an active time. If the penitential season of Lent is a time for the Spring cleaning of our...

November 24, 2019

Old Testament          Jeremiah 23:1-6

Psalm                         Psalm 46

Epistle                        Colossians 1:11-20

Gospel                       Luke 23:33-43

"Come now and look upon the works of the Lord, what awesome things he has done on earth." (Ps 46:9)

In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen

            Today is the last day of the liturgical year, and it culminates with Christ as King. We have all sorts of images and experiences of kings. Throughout history, the reign of worldly kings have been a mixed bag. Some have been good, benevolent rulers, while others have been merciless, power hungry ty...

November 17, 2019

Old Testament          Malachi 4:1-2a

Psalm                         Psalm 98

Epistle                        2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Gospel                       Luke 21:5-19

“In righteousness shall he judge the world, and the peoples with equity.”

In the Name of God: Father, Sin, and Holy Spirit. Amen

           

Imagine with me ... a Sunday much like today. We are basking in the satisfaction of great work done to improve our worship space. In honor of our 150th year, fresh paint, polished wood, and refurbished stained glass windows (three of which are Tiffany, if one is name dropp...

November 10, 2019

Old Testament          Job 19:23-27a

Psalm                         Psalm 17:1-9

Epistle                        2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Gospel                       Luke 20:27-38

            From last Sunday’s recognition and remembrance of the communion of saints, through the end of the Church year, we explore the kingdom of God, resurrection and everlasting life. Our celebration of Eucharistic moves to Prayer C as we culminate the year proclaiming Christ as King of Creation, of the cosmos, and of our lives.

            Each year on Ash Wednesday, we begin Lent facing our m...

November 3, 2019

Old Testament          Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18

Psalm                         Psalm 149

Epistle                        Ephesians 1:11-23

Gospel                       Luke 6:20-31

“I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true ... and I mean, God helping, to be one too.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            A multitude gathered. All sorts of people have come seeking truth, seeking salvation, seeking God. Much like this morning, all sorts of people have come to praise God, seeking to grow in the knowledge and love of God, seeking to reconcile ourselves to God and one another through Chri...

October 27, 2019

First Reading            Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22

Psalm                        Psalm 84:1-6

Second Reading       2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

Gospel                      Luke 18:9-14

“Happy are the people whose strength is in you! * whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Earlier in the gospel according to Luke, the disciples pleaded, “Lord, teach us to pray,” and Jesus offered us the Lord’s Prayer. Last week we heard a parable about the need to pray always and never to lose heart. Today, Jesus expands the lesson with a parable about the nature of prayer. Based on the surrounding text, we should assume disciples, Pharisees, tax collectors, and all...

October 20, 2019

First Reading            Genesis 32:22-31

Psalm                         Psalm 121

Second Reading      2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

Gospel                       Luke 18:1-8

"The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth for evermore." In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            In an easy reading of today’s gospel, we might sum up the lesson in the first line ... “the need to pray always and not to lose heart.” We might stop the sermon here, finish our worship early, and beat the Baptists to the buffet. But on our journey to seek and serve Christ, to grow in the knowledge and love of God, and to assimilate and appropriate scripture, tradition, and reason, wh...

October 6, 2019

First Reading            Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Psalm                         Psalm 37:1-10

Second Reading      2 Timothy 1:1-14

Gospel                       Luke 17:5-10

"Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, and he will bring it to pass."

In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN

            By now, many of you know I like to add a little humor to the sermon. The idea is to provide an example, illustrate a point, or sometimes to keep everyone engaged. If the expected laughter never comes, maybe the congregation has drifted off to sleep. Or perhaps the quip just wasn’t funny. I’m not sure which is worse.

            Today’s gospe...

September 29, 2019

First Reading            Amos 6:1a, 4-7

Psalm                         Psalm 146

Second Reading      1 Timothy 6:6-19

Gospel                       Luke 16:19-31

"The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down." Ps 146:7

In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Today's gospel gives us a contrast of different worlds: extravagant luxury and abject poverty, privilege and suffering, the included and the outcast, heaven and hell, reveling in money and rejoicing in God. There are choices, reversals, and consequences. As parables often illustrate and offer a lesson, it is up to us to explore these worlds. We must learn how...

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