Sermons by Pastor Alina Kanaski

Sermons by Pastor Alina Kanaski

Family

Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 1, Philemon 1:1-21, Luke 14:25-33 Philemon is one of those books of the Bible that you may not remember is even there. It’s one of the shortest, at only one chapter of 25 verses, and we rarely preach or read from it.  It is a letter of Paul. Paul was probably writing after his missionary journeys, in the middle or…

Love

Lectionary readings: Proverbs 25:6-7, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 As I was getting ready to preach this week, I was so struck by Psalm 112. This psalm describes a godly person, someone who loves God and neighbor and lives their life justly and lovingly. It reminded me of how much I would also like my life to look like this. I want to be someone who…

Sabbath

Lectionary Texts: Isaiah 58:9b-14; Psalm 103:1-8; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17 Here Jesus is, in this unidentified synagogue. It’s the sabbath; Jesus was teaching, as He often did, until He saw a woman who was so bent over that she could not stand straight. And so Jesus immediately calls her over and frees her, heals her.  The synagogue’s leader was furious…

Unforgivable

Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 23:23-29, Psalm 82, Ephesians 6:10-20, Luke 12:2-12 Unforgivable I was asked to preach about the unforgivable sin. This is from the question box that is still in the lobby (or feel free to drop a comment on the contact page of our website). I chose for us to read Luke 12 together, where Jesus and His disciples are in a huge, rowdy crowd. Jesus…

Waiting and Preparing

Lectionary: Genesis 15:1-6, Psalm 33:12-22, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 Waiting and Preparing This past week I read a book called Front Desk by Kelly Yang, which is about the struggles of a Chinese family who emigrated to the US. They work cleaning a motel, struggle to learn English, and barely scrape by, after leaving their families, language, and good jobs in…

Storage Barns

Lectionary readings: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23; Psalm 49:1-12; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 Let us pray: Lord, we thank you for this chance to hear your Scripture read. We pray that you would enter it and speak to us, each of us what we need to hear this morning. And may the words of my mouth and the meditations on all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O…

Shaped by Jesus

Lectionary: Genesis 18:20-32, Psalm 138, Colossians 2:6-19, Luke 11:1-13 Let us pray: God, we pray for your presence this morning, among and beside and inside each of us. Speak to us this morning, we pray, in your name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Shaped by Jesus Like most people, I think, my family grew up with its own language, shaped over time by memories, like…

A New Heaven and a New Earth

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 65:17-25, Psalm 150, Revelation 21:1-8, Matthew 24:29-31 Let us pray: God, we pray that you would come among us this morning as we hear your Scripture. Bless our hearing of it, that we might learn and grow. Speak to us through it that which we need to hear. And may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be pleasing in your…

On our Travels

Lectionary Readings: Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Psalm 25:1-10, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37 Let us pray: God, come among us this morning. Bless our hearing of your Word, that it might open our hearts to hear you speak to us this morning. And may the words of my mouth and the meditations on all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. Amen. On…

King of All

Lectionary: Isaiah 66:10-14, Psalm 66:1-10, Galatians 6:1-16, Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Let us pray: God, come and be with us this morning as we hear your Scripture. Speak to us through it and through my words, we pray. Amen. King of All We Americans don’t have kings anymore. Sure, we can enjoy the wedding of Princess Meghan or Princess Diana, and enjoy the pomp and…