A reading from the Gospel of John 1: 1-5, 14 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Sermon, “Flesh Become Word” … Continue reading Sermon for Lent: “Flesh Become Word”
Sermon, February 24th, 2019 Mark 4: 35-41 Opening Prayer Let us pray: Mighty God, who speaks a word of peace to calm our troubled sea; Caring God, who nudges us away from fear and toward faith; Ever-present God, who fills us with awe but also raises many questions without easy answers; Open our eyes to see you in our boat—today, Strengthen our hearts for the challenges that lie ahead, Open our ears to hear the word you speak. This we pray, In Jesus’ name. Amen. … Continue reading Sermon “Quiet! Be Still”
Sermon for January 13th, “Finding Our Identity (Again)” One Sunday several years ago following a lovely worship service that included a sermon on grace and love, a kind younger woman in our congregation had a comment. As it is with most congregations, clergy receive feedback about their sermons. Much of the time the feedback is simple, “Nice sermon” or “well done.” This particular person had some different feedback for me. She asked, “Why don’t you preach about sin? I always hear you talking about grace and love, and I’m sick of it. Preach about sin next Sunday.” My initial response … Continue reading Sermon, “Finding Our Identity (Again)”
SCRIPTURE READING Our first Scripture reading is from Isaiah 60:1-3 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Our second Scripture reading is from Genesis 1: 1-5 1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while … Continue reading Epiphany Message, “Let There Be…”
Our Scripture reading is from Luke 1:39-55 1:39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, … Continue reading Advent Week 4: Making Room for Love
I recently woke up on on a Sunday morning not feeling ready to be “church-y.” I’m sure you know what I mean. It’s that moment when you wanted a few more minutes to sleep, a few extra moments with that hot coffee, or just wanted to stay home in pajamas. It happens to pastors too. Whether they admit it or not, there are some Sunday mornings that are harder than others to get up and get going. This happened to me one Sunday morning. I just didn’t have the worshipful attitude expected of anyone let alone clergy having to lead … Continue reading Transformed by Eucharist
Old Saint Nick! “God loves a cheerful giver,” 2 Corinthians 9: 7 Santa Claus is real! It’s true. Many believe that the modern day Santa Claus has his origins in Saint Nicholas who was the Bishop of Myra (modern day Turkey) in the 4th Century. Nicholas was a real person whose parents died when he was young. He gave his entire inheritance to those in need. That began a spirit of generosity that defined his life. Even as he became the Bishop of Myra, he continued his legacy of giving and kindness. There’s a legend that Nicholas knew of … Continue reading Old Saint Nick!