Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

Everyday Prayer

Sarah had been in a car accident. She was driving down the highway after getting coffee when someone pulled into traffic without looking, and although she’d survived and walked out of the hospital, she didn’t seem to be getting better. She was having trouble walking; her back and her hips hurt. Physical therapy and medication weren’t making things any…

Mary & Martha & You

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42 Our gospel passage for today is one of those times where I can see the merits of both sides. So often people read this passage and try to pit Mary and Martha against each other. Martha represents work and Mary represents contemplation; Mary was better than Martha; Jesus approves of Mary but not Martha. But it’s not as simple as that.…

The Good Samaritan?

When I say ‘Good Samaritan,’ you’d probably know what I meant even if I hadn’t read the passage from Luke just now (which, to be fair, doesn’t use the phrase at all). It’s a phrase we all know and have even used of someone who’s been especially kind or generous.  But even though we all know this parable, I suspect, I think…

Embrace

Scripture: Isaiah 66:10-14 Some context before we begin talking about the passage itself: most scholars divide the book of Isaiah into three parts. The first deals with God’s judgment of Israel and warnings to stop sinning. This was when Israel still had kings and was an independent nation. The second part of Isaiah is after the kingdom of Israel has fallen and the…

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:…

Pentecost Dramatic Reading

Pentecost Dramatic Reading Pastor: We start in a room.Voice 2: It is crowded with disciples.Voice 3: They are waiting.Voice 4: They are full of questions.Voice 5: Jesus rose from the dead.Voice 6: He told them to wait here, in Jerusalem,Voice 7: and they saw Him rise into heaven.Pastor: He told them they would receive the Holy Spirit. Voice 2: The city is filling up…

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…