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An Unlikely Beginning

12/10/2107 Second Sunday of Advent The text is Mark 1:1-8.  Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. With the first snow fall of the season, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.  But then, it has begun to feel like Christmas since before Black … Continue reading

Wide Awake and Waiting

12/3/2017 First Sunday of Advent The text is Mark 13:24-37. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today, we begin a new season in the church year…the season of hope and preparation known as Advent.  It is a season of waiting, not for a baby … Continue reading

What We Do Matters!

11/26/2017 Christ the King Sunday The text is Matthew 25:31-46.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today is Christ the King Sunday, the day that ends the church year and a day that looks ahead to what is to come.  For three of … Continue reading

If This Were the Last Day

11/12/2017 Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 25:1-13; Amos 5:18-2. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. Keep awake…stay alert…be prepared…for none of us knows either the day or the hour when the Lord will come.  Most of us would agree that this … Continue reading

And He Will Wipe Away the Tears

11/5/2017 All Saint Sunday The text is Rev 7:9-17. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. A few years ago, I watched a series of videos on liturgy. In those videos, the presenter told a story about a family in his congregation that I will … Continue reading

The Truth that Frees

10/29/2017 Reformation Sunday The text is John 8:31-36.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today, as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reformation with churches around the world, we do so with our own style, our own witness to the Good News … Continue reading

Rendering to God

10/22/2017 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost  The text is Matthew 22:15-22. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today’s gospel is one that is familiar to all of us.  We have heard it argued that “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and … Continue reading

When the King Calls

10/15/2017 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The text is Matthew 22:1-14.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today, I’m going to share a story with you.  It’s a very old one…one that I told over 20 years ago, but it’s just as relevant today … Continue reading

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

10/8/2017 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost  The text is Matthew 21:33-43.  Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. I don’t know about you, but I love watching the commercials on TV.  Sure, they interrupt the program, but I often find that they are full of creativity … Continue reading

Are Good Intentions Good Enough?

10/1/2017 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 21:23-32.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Whenever we are in the year of Matthew, the parables of Jesus serve as our Gospel lesson for weeks on end.  Today, we have one of those … Continue reading