Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Sermon Archive (Page 2)

He Died (Good Friday 2018)

Readings: Isaiah 52:13-53:12, John 18:1-19:42 Let us pray: O God, as we are gathered here together tonight, we pray that you would open our eyes so that we may see the wonder of your love. Open our ears, so that we can understand your word and your truth. Permeate us, Holy Spirit, so that day after day we may know your will and see your light. In Christ’s name we pray,…

Sisters (Mar. 11)

Readings: 2 Samuel 13:1-20, Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22, Galatians 3:26-29, and John 8:3-11 Let us pray: Lord, we pray that you would open our hearts to your Word. We pray that we would receive your words and that you would bless our understanding. And may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. In…

Foolishness (Mar. 4)

Lectionary texts: Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, and John 2:13-22. Let us pray: Please bless your word, O God, and fill our hearing with understanding and grace. Show us your ways. Give us the courage to follow them, as a church and as individuals. In Your name we pray, Amen.   Foolishness It’s been the kind of week–few weeks, really–where I’ve…

Abraham’s Faith (Feb. 25)

Let us pray: Lord, please bless these words we hear today. Bless our hearing and understanding of them. Bless our church as we hear them together; bless our lives as we leave with them. Bless us all through your word. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.   ​We seem to be working our way through some Sunday School classics this Lent. Last week was the story of Noah’s ark;…

Ashes (Ash Wednesday)

Let us pray: Lord of life, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, that as we hear these words they may become the Living Word for us, to the glory of our living Lord Jesus Christ. And may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen. So, I was watching television a few weeks ago when I saw this…

Revealed (February 11)

Let us pray: Fill us with your Spirit, that we may truly hear. Reveal yourself to us this morning, we pray. And may the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. In Your Son’s name we pray, Amen.   One of my favorite books* tells the story of Sophie, a young woman who lives with her stepmother…

“All Things?”

Let us pray: Lord, we pray that you would enter into your word today. Move through it; show us your will and your ways. And may the words of my heart and meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen. “All Things?” What do you know? It’s an open-ended question, isn’t it? There are different…

His Part

I love the idea of the new year–the whole year, stretched out in front of you, fresh and open, full of possibility. To be fair, it takes me about ten minutes to realize that: 1. I am still the same person I was minutes or hours ago, when it was still the previous year, and 2. the possibilities of the new year are not ripe for the taking so much as places to work towards,…

A Voice Cries

A Voice Cries          I don’t know how many of you garden, or keep houseplants. I really, really love the idea of it all. I’d love to have a house that’s full of green plants.          The actual implementation, though, has been a bit spotty. I’ve never kept a plant alive very long. There were the poinsettias that I was given after the Christmas season was over–one of…