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“None So Blind as Those Who Will Not See”

3/22/2020 4th Sunday in Lent The text is John 9:1-41. 1 As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works … Continue reading

“A 40-day Wilderness Journey”

3/1/2020  1st Sunday of Lent  The text is Matthew 4:1-11. 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, … Continue reading

“Holy Cinders”

2/26/2020 Ash Wednesday  The text is Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. (Jesus said), 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the … Continue reading


2/23/2020 Transfiguration of Our Lord  The text is Matthew 17: 1-9. Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to … Continue reading

“Let it Shine!”

2/9/2020  Fifth Sunday after Epiphany  The text is Matthew 5: 13-20. 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14 “You are the light of the world. … Continue reading

“We are ‘those’”

2/2/2020 Fourth Sunday after Epiphany The text is Matthew 5: 1-12. Preachers: Thomas Houston, LLM & Amelya Bernard  (Today’s sermon was preached as a dialog. Ms. Bernard’s words are highlighted; Minister Tom’s words are not.) “We are ‘those’” When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to … Continue reading


1/26/2020 Third Sunday after Epiphany  The text is Matthew 4: 12-23. Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: … Continue reading

“Come and See”

1/19/2020 Second Sunday after Epiphany  The text is John 1: 29-42. 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because … Continue reading


  12/24/1029  The Nativity of our Lord  The text is Luke 2: 1-20 1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. … Continue reading


12/8/2019 Second Sunday of Advent  The text is Matthew 3: 1-12 . 1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in … Continue reading


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