WATER WORDS

MARK 1:4-11 (You might recognize parts of this sermon as it was used on January 8, 2017. It is essentially the same with a few changes and bears repeating today as we remember our baptism)   In life, water is the essential element. All plants and animals must have water to survive. Without it, there

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS … LIGHT!

Luke 2:1-20 Take a look at this old rag – it is dirty and torn, the edges are frayed and it doesn’t seem as though it is of any good use to anyone. To you it may mean nothing – less than nothing – but to me it means the world. It’s my son’s baby

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS … LOVE!

Luke 2:1-7 Believe it or not, as I sat down to write today’s sermon I found myself at a loss for words. I wrote, and re-wrote and re-wrote. If I had been writing on paper instead of on my laptop, there would have been a mountain of crumbled up paper beside me. How do you

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS … JOY!

Luke 1: 26-45   What the world needs now is joy! There is power in joy. Power to overcome, power to see the Holy Spirit at work. The ancients who created the liturgical calendar knew it – for in the midst of the penitential season of advent, in the darkness of winter, there was added

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS … PEACE

LUKE 1:5-17 Life is unpredictable! Am I right? You plan your day out and then, “wham” a phone call shatters all of your well-made plans. Or maybe the car breaks down, or the mail brings an unexpected bill. Things happen and these things can easily disturb our peace, if we let them. Now, how about

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS … HOPE!

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT Psalm 24:7-10 and Isaiah 60:1-3   In 2004, in post-communist Ukraine, a man named Victor Yushchenko stood in opposition for the presidency. He was vehemently opposed by the ruling party and had even been mysteriously poisoned by dioxin, which almost killed him and left his face disfigured. Yet, this was not

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Christ The King

Ephesians 1:15-23 Today marks the end of the liturgical year. Next week we begin again with the start of Advent. The liturgical year ends with Christ the King Sunday, it is a reminder that everything begins and ends with Christ. Christ the King Sunday celebrates the full authority of Christ as King and Lord of

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The Way of Generosity

Deuteronomy 8:12-14,17-18 and 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Take hold of the life that really is life. (1 Tim 6:19b) Have you ever been in a financial position in which you did not have enough? It is a scary place to be – when you wonder if you will have enough to keep a roof over your

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The Way of Remembrance

Revelation 7:9-17 and 1 John 3:1-3 After a preacher died and went to heaven, she noticed that a New York taxicab driver had been given a higher place than she had. “I don’t understand,” she complained to St. Peter. “I devoted my entire life to my congregation.” “Our policy is to reward results,” explained St.

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The Way of Wisdon

PROVERBS 3:1-10 Today is Reformation Sunday! We recognize, remember, and celebrate the Protestant Reformation which began 500 years ago. Many of you will recall the series I preached in August on the Five Solas, which are five theological convictions which emerged during the reformation as essentials of our Christian Faith. Do you remember what they

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