Sermon Archive (Page 4)

Sermon Archive (Page 4)

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…

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…

O That You Would Come Down

“O That You Would Come Down”           I admit, I’ve been so busy preparing–preparing my new apartment with unpacking and organizing and moving things around; preparing for the new Advent liturgy and the new music/the hanging of the greens; preparing to decorate the church (and baking cookies for the Christmas party); preparing for my own Christmas (at this point mostly…

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…

Lead Me and Teach Me

t’s great to be here this morning. It’s so wonderful to see everyone, especially with the time change, and it’s thrilling to be here at last, preaching and pastoring and leading worship. As you probably know, it was a long, looong road to get here, and I’m so excited to finally be here. I’ve found that I don’t know where to start, in so many ways. I sat in front of my…