January 1, 2017 Sermon — “And so it begins”

Luke 2:22-35 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), 24and they offered a sacrifice according to…

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And Simeon said, “For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples.” (Luke 2:30-31).  89 year old man in Davao by Phil Warren.  Original is on Flicker.  Used by permission of a Creative Commons License. Dear Friends and Members of Emmanuel Church, It’s a beautiful, snowy morning…

Sermon of December 30–“God’s Mileage Marker”

Luke 2:41-52 41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did…

Weekly Update–“December 28, 2012”

Good day friends and members of Emmanuel Church, First, a note about the weather.  If we have bad weather on Sunday and you feel you cannot make it to worship, please be safe.  That is our #1 priority–your safety and well being.  So, prayers from us to you. Second, this Sunday’s sermon is: God’s Mileage…

Sermon of January 1, 2012–“Who Are These People, Anyway?”

This sermon is my attempt to struggle with the roles of Simeon and Anna in Chapter 2 of Luke. It occurred to me during the preparation of the sermon how important they are to the infancy story of Jesus, yet we have overlooked them–that’s a great irony because they were probably overlooked in Jesus’ day…