Joy Comes with the Morning

February 17th, 2019

Joy Comes with the Morning Luke 6: 17-26 February 17, 2019 As we return to the Gospel of Luke this morning, Jesus is on a roll!  He has healed people of physical and mental illnesses.  He has preached and taught nearly everywhere, from hilltops to the lakeside to the synagogues.  Just before our text this morning, Jesus has

A Boat, a Lake and a Big Pile of Fish

February 2nd, 2019

A Boat, a Lake and One Big Pile of Fish Luke 5:1-11 February 3, 2019 So, I was thinking about this text this week and remembered something that had been long forgotten. It was the night that the high school basketball team that I was on had lost the state championship. The initial disappointment was

“Are you in this with me?”

January 26th, 2019

“Are you in this with me?” Luke 4:16-21 January 27, 2019 As we enter our text from Luke this morning, all systems are go. Things are looking good. Jesus has been baptized and the Spirit has descended upon him. That same Spirit drives Jesus into the wilderness to face what needs to be faced internally

Saving the Day

January 19th, 2019

Saving the Day John 2:1-11 1/20/2019 Years ago, when Emma was maybe in first grade, we threw a big birthday party for her in the basement of the church.  She was allowed to invite everyone she wanted.  Lots of children came.  We planned out games and other activities.  We made sure to have a cake.  Though I didn’t really realize

This Changes Everything

January 12th, 2019

This Changes Everything Luke 3:1-22 January 13, 2019 So, last week, we talked about Epiphany, a specific day in the church’s liturgical year when we remember the wise men.  We found surprises: how many wise men were there; what did they do for a living; when did they actually find the Christ-child? The big surprise for

The Wise Guys

January 5th, 2019

The Wise Guys Matthew 1:1-12 January 6, 2019 So, I’ve mentioned several times that as a child my favorite characters in the Christmas story were the “wise men,” or as I used to call them, “The wise guys.”  We always had a creche up in our house during Advent.  I was known to steal a “wise guy”

Repairing the World (Part 3)

December 29th, 2018

Repairing the World (Part 3) Genesis 1:1-5 December 30, 2018 There is a Leonard Cohen song called “Anthem.”  The lyrics run like this:  “Ring the bells that still can ring/ Forget your perfect offering/ There is a crack in everything/ That’s how the light gets in.”  The world is broken as are each of us.  Yet, something essential and

Repairing the World (Part 2)

December 22nd, 2018

Repairing the World (Part 2) Luke 1:26-38 December 23, 2018 So, a couple of weeks ago, we talked about the amazing and surprising place where Luke’s Gospel begins.  He tells us the story of a couple, Zechariah and Elizabeth, who were faithful and upright people but who had never been able to have a child.  The first

Repairing the World

December 9th, 2018

Repairing the World (Part 1) Luke 1:5-20 December 9, 2018 The very first story that Luke tells us is about a childless couple: Elizabeth and Zechariah. He tells us that their roots go way back to the beginning of the ancient people. He also tells us that they had led exemplary lives. They had lived

Call to Me

November 24th, 2018

Call to Me Jeremiah 33:1-3 November 25, 2018 Last week, we paid a quick visit to the Book of Jonah which, I suggested to you, is a wonderful fictional story that is full of great truths. In fact, it’s really pretty funny. God calls Jonah as a prophet but he calls him to be the

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