SERMON SHORT FOR January 17th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR January 17th, 2021 TWO REALMS IN THE ONE SPIRIT Genesis 1, Psalm 8 “I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO HEAR A SERMON ABOUT …”           We asked people to finish this sentence as a starter for our themes of worship at the start of the year. We’ll start with this response: “I’ve always wanted…

SERMON SHORT FOR JANUARY 10th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR JANUARY 10th, 2021 LET’S START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT Isaiah 40:1-11, Luke 10:25-37           Here we are in a new year. This happens every year and I expect most of us are used to it now. We expect that each new year brings us new stuff, new beginnings, new hope. But then…

SERMON SHORT FOR December 13th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR December 13th, 2020 Advent 3 A VERY COVID CHRISTMAS PAGEANT Isaiah 61:1–2, John 1:1-18 This is the Sunday for the candle of Joy. We turn a major portion of our worship to show real joy in retelling the Christmas story. But this year, in a very Covid form. It is a really…

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 6th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 6th, 2020 Advent 2 – Change to Peace Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10             This is the Sunday of the Candle of Peace and the Sunday of John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” The word “repent” is taken from a Greek word…

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 29th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 29th, 2020 Advent 1 Tear open the heavens and come down!   Isaiah 64:1-9, 1st Corinthians 1:3-9             “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down so that the mountains would quake at your presence.”           The prophetic words of Isaiah. The plea and prophecy of a people…

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 22nd, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 22nd, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – WORSHIP John 4:7-26, Colossians 3:16, 17           Worship as a discipline is something that happens. It is an experience. When we speak of having a “worship service,” we are usually referring to the forms and the gathering of God’s people at a particular time…

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 15th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 15th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – SERVICE John 13:1-17, Luke 22:24-27           What are we called to do as followers of Christ? To follow implies that we will do what the leader does. And our leader served. The greatest image of his service was the towel. He was with his…

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 8th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 8th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – SUBMISSION Philippians 2:1-11, Matthew 5:38-48             I squirm to confront the discipline of submission this week. We are all too aware of how so much abuse has been suffered by people because others have asserted a distorted hierarchical definition of submission over them. The…

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 1st, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR NOV. 1st, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – SOLITUDE 1 Kings 19:9-13, Luke 5:12-16             It’s not as though I’m antisocial or reclusive by default, but I sure like times by myself. I firmly believe the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book “Life Together”; “Let [one] who cannot be alone beware…

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 25th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 25th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – SIMPLICITY Matthew 6:19-34, Ecclesiastes 4:4-8           This week’s topic is the discipline of simplicity. “Simplicity is openness, unselfconsciousness, naturalness. It is the opposite of subtlety, cunning, duplicity. Where simplicity abounds, words can be taken at face value: there is no hidden agenda.” (Foster) And…

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 18th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 18th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – STUDY Proverbs 1:1-9, Luke 10:38-42            The whole idea of going through this book of Spiritual Disciplines is that these practices bring about a good change in us and in so doing brings about a good change in the world around us. Disciplines work…

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 11th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 11th A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – FASTING Isaiah 58:1-7, Luke 4:1-13             Honestly, it is purely coincidence that the discipline of fasting shows up in our schedule on Thanksgiving Sunday. But the coincidence is so fitting for the Thanksgiving that occurs in the midst of COVID-19; a Thanksgiving Sunday that will…

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 4th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 4th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – PRAYER Genesis 32:22-32, Luke 18:1-8             The second discipline that Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, deals with is prayer. Nothing draws us closer to the heart of God. Prayer is practiced in a myriad of forms – so many that Paul can exhort his…

SERMON SHORT FOR SEPTEMBER 20th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR SEPTEMBER 20th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – MEDITATION Philippians 4:4-9, Matthew 6:5-15, Psalm 1             The first chapter of Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, addresses meditation as a Christian practice. It is very much a God ordained practice for us. The Psalms opens with a blessing to the one who meditates…

SERMON SHORT FOR SEPTEMBER 13th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR SEPTEMBER 13th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE Deuteronomy  6:1-9, Matthew 7:21-29             This Sunday we would normally be starting everything up again; the Rally Day Sunday dedications of teachers and volunteers for our fall and winter programs. The regathering of everyone from our summer hiatus and the excitement and promise of a…

SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 23rd, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 23rd, 2020 REMEMBER THE SABBATH – KEEP IT HOLY Genesis 2:1-3             The six busy days are done. And on the seventh God rested. Just before this, the capstone of the creation, humans, were created in his image. As God took Sabbath, we too, in his image take Sabbath. Keep it…

SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 16th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR AUG. 16th, 2020 GOOD – VERY, VERY GOOD Genesis 1: 24-31, Acts 17:22-31, Colossians 1:15-23             Day Six of the creation story; it is a very busy day for God as he moves toward the completion of all things. A lot has to be crammed in here. And this portion of…

SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 9th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 9th, 2020 THE TREASURES OF THE SEA Proverbs 8:22-31, Matthew 4:18-22, Genesis 1:2-23            Day five of the creation story; the waters and the skies are filled with living creatures – creatures with “soul.” And they are told to multiply and “teem.” The seas and the skies, the two realms of…

SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 26th, 2020

  SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 26th, 2020 FOR THE FRUITS OF ALL CREATION Genesis 1:9-13, Mark 4:26-32, Deuteronomy 8:1-10             Day three; the creation of land and sea and all the produce that they bring to our sustenance. Built into day three is the seed of co-creation. Nature is made to reproduce itself. Later on,…

SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 19th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 19th, 2020 SPACE: THE PREMIER FRONTIER Genesis 1:6-8, John 4:7-15, Isaiah 45:8-13 On this second day of creation God comes up with a “firmament” that separates the waters above from the waters below. The original writing in Hebrew makes it clear this was some solid divider between where we live and…