This has been such an icy day and we have been forced to cancel church. Please click on these links to find today's lectionary readings and sermon for the first Sunday of the season of Advent. Hope. Today's sermon is based on the readings from Romans 13: 11-14 and Matthew 24: 36-44.
Kanya West writes in his apologetic song entitled 'My Big Brother', says, 'At the Grammys I said that I inspired me.' Believing that your success is thanks to your own doing and is for the benefit for oneself and only oneself is a path to destruction as Jesus warns in the parable of the rich farmer who is used to teach the age old cliche, 'You can't take it with you when you go'! (Sermon based on Gospel reading from Luke 12:13-21)
Possessed and Obsessed - Sermon based on lectionary readings - Galatians 3: 23 – 29 - No longer Jew or Greek, male or female; all one in Christ.
Luke 8: 26 – 39 - Jesus heals a man filled with demons.
Sermon based on readings form John 13:31-35; Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148
Sermon based on readings from - John 17:20-26; Acts 16:16-34;
Are Smart Phones making us into an isolated group of people much like the disciples all scared and locked away in their house after the crucifixion of Jesus? The disicples are given the Spirit, but it's no simple answer... the Spirit doesn't just naturally fix their fears. How might the gift of the Spirit help our culture that grows more and more separated dispite being so technologically connected? (Sermon based on lectionary readings: (Gospel) John 20:19-31; (First Reading) Acts 5:27-32)
Canadian comedian Mary Walsh said recently, You big payoff that comes with aging is that there is great happiness from no longer worrying about being the object of someone's desire and living into being the subject of your own life. (said at Canadian Screen Actors Awards). Richard Rohr might say that this way of thinking is also a good practice to become closer to God who refuses to be objectified. This Easter we celebrate a God who came to be subject among us and rises to continue living this way among us and asking us to live this way with him forever more. (Sermon based on scripture form Luke 24: 1-12)
Jesus wants the disciples to be risky and shoplift for him. It's not so much what he wanted shoplifted...it's the state of the thing that about to be shoplifted... a never be ridden, tied up donkey. There's nothing more important Jesus than to untie the potential of those in his presence... What's tying you up? What untapped potential are you in the mood to explore... Christ can release you too!
Sermon based on readings for Palm Sunday (April 14, 2019): Luke 19:28-40; Psalm 31:9-16
Mary washes Jesus feet... for a guy who walks everywhere, it must feel soooo good. When there's someone in our lives who does so much for us, it's easy to take it for granted and do nothing in return, but sometimes it's something simple... something you know... and sometimes that gift can be used to further God's Kingdom here on earth with a new Heaven and new Earth.
Sermon based on readings from John 12:1-8; Isaiah 43:16-21.
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