Sermons by Pastor Alina Kanaski

Sermons by Pastor Alina Kanaski

Freedom

Scripture: Galatians 5:1, 13-25 I read a book called The Year of Less by Cait Flanders probably every year or two. It’s about how she one day realized that she had too much stuff, and bought too much stuff, and so spent a year not only getting rid of as much of her stuff as she could, but also not buying anything new (except, of course, food and other necessities). And I…

Wisdom

I have in my notes here to come up with a clever introduction. I did not do that, so we’re just going to jump right in. I’d like to start with Proverbs 8. Here we have a poem about wisdom, personified as a woman. Wisdom goes all around and to all sorts of places, inviting people to live a wise life. Then Wisdom speaks, painting a picture of her life with God:…

Psalm 67

I thought I’d try something different this morning. So I’ll be using Psalm 67 as a framework to speak a new prayer for us this morning. 1: May the Lord bless us and keep us. May the Lord’s face shine on us with grace and mercy. The Lord look upon us with favor and ☩ give us peace. 2: And we pray for this blessing for us–us writ large, not just those of…

Joy

Sermon Text: Psalm 148 Our psalm today made me want to laugh and sing. God is good and powerful! Let us worship together! It filled me with joy. And–look. I know that worship is not always an act of joy. We can come to worship and be too sad about the griefs of our life to do anything but be here. We can get distracted by shopping lists and worries and whatever’s…

Easter, Again

Scripture: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Matthew 28:1-10 Back when all this COVID-19 stuff first started–so, you know, 10 years ago–and we closed the church building, Council and I also decided that when we returned to in-person worship we would celebrate Easter again, together.  This was very early, back when we all were picturing that we’d be worshiping again in a few…

Longing

Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42 What do you long for? That was how I connected with this passage, this story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Maybe it’s because of having lived in the desert: at noon, the sun is high above and beating down on you and washing the colors out of everything. The heat is so intense that…

Good News

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 This story of Nicodemus and Jesus in the garden–the way Nicodemus seems to have snuck away to see Jesus at night, Jesus’ teachings, this image of two men surrounded by the sounds of crickets and big green trees (fine, that last one’s my own image, and Israel is nothing like that, but…

Heroes and Villains

Scripture: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Psalm 32, Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11 I think you all probably know by now that I love a good fantasy novel. I love a good Star Wars–well, anything, really. I love a good superhero movie. I love a good sci-fi series. I love all of it! And one of the things that I love about all of these types of stories is the fight: the struggle of…

Ashes and Croaking

Scripture: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, Psalm 51:1-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Apparently there’s this application for your smartphone called WeCroak. Five times a day, at completely random times, it will remind you: Don’t forget, you’re going to die. Ash Wednesday is the church’s equivalent of WeCroak. Remember, one day you will…