Posts from 2019

Posts from 2019

LONGING FOR A BABY

LUKE 2:1-20 What is it about a baby? Maybe it is the potential and hope a baby represents – as yet untarnished by the harshness and disillusionment of life they have not yet learned about hatred or rejection. We hope – maybe this baby will bring about a better future; perhaps this child will not make the same mistakes we made. Maybe it is peace – the peace that is…

LONGING FOR A SAVIOR

ROMANS 16:25-27 AND JOHN 1:14-18 Wow! December 22 – we have almost made it! It is a crazy, wonderful time of year. It can be very complicated, too. We want everything to be perfect and we wear ourselves trying to make it be so. Along with the joy, there is often an undercurrent of disappointment. Do you know what I mean? Many feelings and longings get stirred up. I…

LONGING FOR A FUTURE

ISAIAH 61:1-3 AND JOHN 1:9-13 Well known author, and artist Jan Richardson, speaks of a trip she made to Rome. “One of the things that fascinated me,” Richardson says, “was the presence of ruins.” For the city of Rome is a city where past and present inter-mingle. The Forum is an especially rich source ancient ruins: basilicas, arches, temples, etc. Verse 4 of our passage…

LONGING FOR A VISION

ISAIAH 40:1-5 AND JOHN 1:6-9 Do you put up a creche or nativity scene at Christmas? We have a beautiful one set up in Fellowship Hall with white and gold figurines. Who and what are some of the images we expect to see in a nativity set? Shepherds. Angels. Mary and Joseph. Baby Jesus. Some animals. Nowhere in any nativity set will you find John the Baptist; this…

LONGING FOR LIFE!

PSALM 89:1-4 AND JOHN 1:1-5 Have you noticed anything different here in the sanctuary this morning? Of course, we have our beautiful greens and Christmas decorations. The paraments have changed to purple for Advent. There are just two times each year that we display purple, a symbol of royalty, in the church: Advent and Lent. The advent wreath is out, too. All of these…

A REVELATION ON REVELATION

REVELATION 7:9-17 Today is Mother’s Day and for some that evokes a deep joy and love for the one who raised you and nurtured you.  For other’s the day might hold resentment for a mother who was not so great and maybe even terrible. For still others it is a day of grief for a mother no longer with you or for unfulfilled expectations. Mother’s day is a day that can…

A REVELATION ON REVELATION

Revelation 5:11-14 Today, we begin a five-week series in Revelation. This is easily one of the most intriguing, fascinating and chronically misunderstood books of the Bible. Its influence for good or bad, is far out of proportion to its place on the fringes of the scriptural canon. Filled with complex symbolism, it has inspired a wide range of interpretations and…
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