Sermon of December 7, 2014–“Things That Make For Peace”

Luke 1:26-38 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The…

Sermon of December 9, 2012–“Reading the Introduction”

Luke 1:68-79 68“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, 70as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71that we would be saved from our enemies and…

Sermon of December 11, 2011–“What Angels Don’t Say”

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-38. A few years ago I realized how totally unique the birth stories of Jesus are in the Gospels. There’s a challenge to anyone who wants to read the Gospels as a narrative–what happens to the angels? Sure, they are there at Christ’s birth but then what? Angels are absent from most…