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Sermon for Christmas Eve 2017

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Merry Christmas! A joyous evening and a time to welcome friends and neighbors as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. A joy-filled time to witness to the simplicity of the birth of Jesus and the shepherds. Tonight was a reminder that the true Christmas miracle is that the God of creation meets us in creation […]

Restoring hope for the future – Sermon from Dec. 17, 2017

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We continued our journey in Advent and focused on our preparation and the work of the messenger. Isaiah helped remind us of the hope he offered to his generation – restoration after exile and return to being the chosen people of God. Yet we heard the story of John (the Baptist) and his offering of […]

The unexpected will happen – sermon from Dec. 10, 2017

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In worship today we heard the story from the Prophet about God who will provide comfort in the midst of our battles. God is there with us and is strong enough to defeat our foes at the same time God is able to comfort the least in creation. We looked at how the good news […]

Abandoning our sin – Sermon from Dec. 3, 2017

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In worship we heard from Jesus: “Beware, keep alert! …for God is coming… keep awake.” That view was placed against or alongside the words of Isaiah. Not the words of comfort we remember from Isaiah, but the words of lament and accusation – calling on God to come down… to not forget us… to not […]

Seeing God in others – Sermon for Nov. 26, 2017

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As we closed our liturgical year today we heard stories of God’s direct interaction with humanity, as a shepherd gathering and guiding us through the wilds of our life. God doesn’t simply set us free without hope, rather God’s promise is to be with us forever – all we have to do is look, respond, […]

Being ready to account to God – Sermon for November 19, 2017

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Today’s lectionary shared another of the parables that can remind us that, viewed through the human lens, God can appear to do crazy things; especially when dealing with humans. We heard the parable of the Talents and the rich person (landowner) that gives talents to his servants according to their ability. The landowner entrusted his […]

Hope comes through practice – sermon for Nov. 12, 2017

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Worth reflecting that our lessons from worship. A key theme of the readings today was hope based on God’s providence, in good times and in challenges. We are called to remember that God’s timing is not human’s timing (thankfully). We also heard about being prepared and having hope, often knowing we are moving forward with […]