January 15, 2017 Sermon — “Sitting in Time Out”

    Mark 1:9-15  9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.11And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my…

January 8, 2017 Sermon — “Fashionably Late”

Matthew 2 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ 3When King Herod…

November 13, 2016 — “Come on Home”

Ezra 1:1-4 In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia so that he sent a herald throughout all his kingdom, and also in a written edict declared: 2 ‘Thus…

November 6, 2016 Sermon — “Beauty from Brokenness”

Isaiah 55 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;and you that have no money, come, buy and eat!Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy?Listen carefully to me, and eat…

October 30, 2016 Sermon — “What’s Your Favorite Color?”

Isaiah 40:1-11 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to herthat she has served her term, that her penalty is paid,that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries out:‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make…

“Babbling Babylonians”

Translation of the mother/child image from the German: Diakonie: Emergency Help. ‘The largest disaster is forgetting.’ Ezekiel 34:1-17 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 Mortal, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to them—to the shepherds: Thus says the Lord God: Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds…

Sermon for Ecumenical Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014–“Calling the Children Home”

Isaiah 49:1-7 Listen to me, you islands;     hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me;     from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,     in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow     and concealed me in his quiver. 3 He said to…