Advent 1 2019 Sermon — "What are you waiting for?"

Jeremiah 33:14-18 14 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 In those…

“God’s Complicated Love Song” Sermon of November 17, 2019

Isaiah 5:1-7 Let me sing for my beloved     my love-song concerning his vineyard:My beloved had a vineyard    on a very fertile hill.2 He dug it and cleared it of stones,    and planted it with choice vines;he built a watchtower in the midst of it,    and hewed out a wine vat in it;he expected it to yield grapes,    but it yielded…

“Homesickness” — Sermon of November 10, 2019

Hosea 11:1-9 When Israel was a child, I loved him,    and out of Egypt I called my son.2 The more I called them,    the more they went from me;they kept sacrificing to the Baals,    and offering incense to idols. 3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,    I took them up in my arms;    but they did not know that I healed…

Sermon of September 15 — “God’s Cosmic Joke”

Genesis 18:1-15 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. 3 He said, “My lord, if…

Sermon for September 1, 2019 — “A Scary Sabbath”

Deuteronony 15, selected verses At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. 2 This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed….

“The 360 Degree Circus” Sermon of May 26, 2019

Romans 5:1-11 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance…

Sermon of May 19, 2019 — “The New Currency”

Acts 13 & 14, selected verses Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their…

Sermon of April 28, 2019 — “Homesickness and Homecoming”

Matthew 28:16-20 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the…

Sermon of April 7, 2019 — “The Two Ways”

Matthew 25:31-46 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and…

Sermon of March 31, 2019 — “Turn On Your Lightswitch!”

A Reading from The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 25:1-13:           “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of…

Sermon of March 24, 2019 — “Sitting at the Kid’s Table”

The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 22:1-14:                 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other…

Sermon of March 17, 2019 — “It’s Never Too Late”

A Reading from The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 20:1-16:                  “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others…