Sermons from 2019

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Jeremiah 23: 1-6

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Let us pray: Holy and loving God, we thank you that you are our savior who like a shepherd leads us. We thank you that like a shepherd you feed us and you prepare us to go out and lead others. You are our true shepherd, yet we are not merely sheep; we are the […]

2 Thessalonians 2.1.5.13.17

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May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing and acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. One day before my 18th birthday, President George H.W. Bush declared that the U.S. along with other countries was going wage war on the country of Iraq. Living […]

At the Intersection

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  If you had to place yourself as one of the men who went up to the temple to pray, who would you be? Would you be the Pharisee or the tax collector? At a first glance it could be easy to place ourselves in the role of either the Pharisee or the tax collector. […]

2 Thessalonians 1.1.4.11.12

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Let us pray: Holy and living God, we thank you for the community of faith to which we belong. We thank you for the witness of the saints above, our forefathers and foremothers of the faith whose lives of faith inform our own lives today. We thank you for the saints below: those who live […]

Prince of Division?

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This morning we are going to consider the “Prince of Division.” In the sixth verse of his ninth chapter Isaiah tells us Jesus will be “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. But our Gospel reading quotes Jesus as saying, “I came to bring fire to the earth…. Do you think that I […]

Christian Contentment

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Our epistle reading this morning begins with words written by Paul to Timothy, “There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment.” As I read that, my attention was caught by the word, “contentment,” a word I have given little thought to since I learned what contented meant as a child reading a can of […]

Alert

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Thanks to modern technology, I have 25 translations of the Holy Bible literally at my fingertips via a keyboard. This enables me to easily compare translations and select those I consider to be most appropriate for each occasion. I read the following from the New King James Version: “Blessed are those servants whom the master, […]

A Church Full of Sinners

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1 Timothy 1:12 -17 Let us pray: Just as we are without one plea, but that your blood was shed for all, and that you bid all to come. O Lamb of God, we come. Just as we are and wanting not to rid our souls of one dark blot, to you whose blood can […]

A Tale of Two Crimes

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Jeremiah 2:4-13 Let us pray: Holy and awesome God, your love for us is as vast and as far-reaching as the east is from the west. We confess that we rely too heavily on ourselves and we do not rely nearly as heavily as we ought on you. In times of plenty and in times […]

The Cost of Discipleship

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Luke 14:25-33   Let us pray: “Take up your Cross,” you have said, “if we would your disciples be.” Our hearts leap to be in relationship with you. Then, you continue, “deny yourselves, the world forsake, and humbly follow after me.” You call us into a rich, deep relationship. We confess that we have created […]