Sermons from 2014

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Sermon for Christmas Eve Luke 2:1-20

I begin tonight, with words not my own, to speak about the most wondrous gift given to us all on this most holy night. I invite you to hear these words from Martin Luther’s sermon on the afternoon of Christmas Day, 1530, as he preaches about the angel’s message: To you is born this day, […]

Sermon Advent 1 Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37

Welcome to Advent. Welcome to the waiting. Welcome to the struggle of faith against fear. Welcome to the struggle of light against darkness. Welcome to the call of God to live into a hidden reality based on God’s promises. Welcome to the waiting. Advent is a season of waiting. And so, right from jump, we […]

Christ the King, Year A, 2014 / Stewardship Committment Sunday

Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison? It’s the question that stands at the heart of this week’s Gospel reading from Matthew 25. When was it that we attended to your needs, or failed to attend to your needs, Lord? And […]

Sermon, 11-16-2014, Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

We just read a very difficult Gospel text – one that’s, frankly, hard to reconcile with my understanding of God’s nature. This parable stands with others we’ve read recently from Matthew’s Gospel, especially with the one about the guy without the proper wedding garment (Remember him from a couple weeks ago?). He, too, ended up […]

Sermon 11-9-14 Amos 5:18-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13

Our reading from Amos 5 today, like most of the book of Amos, is full of judgment. But it turns in verse 24 to a call to deeper commitment. In studying this text with my colleagues this week it occurred to us (thanks, Pastor Elizabeth Neese) that in our worship life – in the rituals […]

Sermon All Saints Sunday Revelation 7:9-17, 1 John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12

Thin places – I don’t know if you’ve ever heard that term, but it’s a phrase that comes from Celtic Christian spirituality, which has gained quite a bit in popularity with the emergence of the Iona community, on the Scottish Isle of Iona, and the general increase in interest in what might be called “alternative […]

Sermon for Reformation Sunday, 10-26, John 8:31-36

If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.   Who doesn’t want to be free? Free from sin? Free from guilt? Free from pain? Free from all those things that bind us up, that stop us from experiencing the freedom Christ intends for all people?   Or to say it in more […]