Sermons on Spiritual Growth

Sermons on Spiritual Growth

Salt

Lectionary: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 Let us pray: Lord, please bless our hearing of Your holy Word. Speak to each of us the word we need to hear today. Amen. Salt So… our  gospel passage today is quite a smorgasbord. We jump from exorcisms and who’s in Jesus’ in-groups, to hell and sin and cutting off body…

True Religion

Lectionary Readings: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Let us pray: Bless our hearing of your words today, O God. Speak to us and show us your path, that we may be doers and not hearers of your word. Give us the faith to go forth and put our faith into practice. In your holy name we pray, O Lord, Amen. True Religion As I was…

Overflowing

Lectionary texts: 2 Kings 4:42-44, Psalm 145:10-18, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 Let us pray: O God, as we approach your Word again, remind us that you are the source of your miracles: that we do not have to create them ourselves, that we do not have to be perfect to approach you, and that through them you offer us your grace. And so I pray that you would offer us your…

Our Shepherd

Lectionary Readings: Jeremiah 23:1-6, Psalm 23, Ephesians 2:11-22, Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Let us pray: Lord, open our hearts to your word, which comforts and instructs. Show us something new about you, or remind us of what we’ve forgotten. 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.…

As You Excel

Lectionary readings: Lamentations 3:22-33, Psalm 30, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 Let us pray: Lord, give us courage to hear your Word well, with willing hearts. Give us courage to leave this place bearing your Word. 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 Christ’s…

Hope is a Thing with Feathers

Lectionary Passages: Malachi 3:1-4, Psalm 141, Acts 13:13-26, Luke 1:57-80 Let us pray: God of mercy, grant that the Word you speak this day may take root in our hearts, and bear fruit to your honor and glory, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, as printed in the 2018 Book of Common Worship) Hope is a Thing with Feathers…

Christ the King Sunday

This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday–the last Sunday of the church year, where we change the colors to white and affirm Christ’s kingship together before we go together into the darker season of Advent, where we wait for God to come and see all of those places we’re still waiting as the days get shorter and darker. But that’s for next week. For now, we celebrate together…

Level

Let us pray:   Lord God, bless our reading of your words today. Bless our hearing of them, that you may enter our hearts and speak to us. Bless our reflections, both mine and those we make separately, that we may listen truly and learn truly. And may your word be a lamp unto our feet, O Lord, our Savior and our King. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.   “Invited”…

Grief and Hope

Let us pray: May the words of my mouth and meditations on all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.   “Grief and Hope” My first gut-wrenching encounter with death and with grief was during middle school. The church I went to had a youth group, which was run by two women. Their names were Jackie and…

The Day of the Lord

One of the classes I took in seminary was called ‘Book of the Twelve,’ which is another name for the section of the Bible that includes Amos, as well as Jonah, Micah, and all the other prophetic books that aren’t big enough to hit someone with. And so we worked our way through all twelve of the prophetic books in the Book of the Twelve, and concluded the class by…