Sermon Short for January 19th, 2020

Sermon Short for January 19th, 2020 Can I be a prophet? 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31 The Luke story about the rich man and Lazarus is very odd. In the Revised Common Lectionary it shows up in the fall and is paired with the passage from 1st Timothy exhorting Christians to be very free with…

Sermon Short for January 12th, 2020

Sermon Short for January 12th, 2020 Who is Jesus? Matthew 3:13-17, Isaiah 42:1-9 The Lectionary wants us to consider Christ’s baptism this Sunday. It gets me to thinking – Why does Jesus need baptizing? Who is this guy, anyway? Over the two millennia since then countless wise people have offered their answers to that question.…

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 22nd, 2019

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 22nd, 2019 Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25 He is born This is the Sunday just before Christmas. Lots of visitors in our homes and in our churches. Love is all around. This week we will reflect more on the hymns we sing and the message they bring. Two carols are specifically interesting…

SERMON SHORT FOR December 15th

SERMON SHORT FOR December 15th My Soul Magnifies The Lord Children’s Christmas Sunday Luke 1:46b-55 This is the Sunday for the candle of Joy. Our children and youth have a major portion of our worship to show us their joy in retelling the Christmas story. It is a really fun service. The junior bell choir…

Sermon Short for December 8th, 2019

Sermon Short for December 8th, 2019 Peace in a dangerous time Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10 The Candle of Peace is lit this week. And John in the wilderness is screaming that we all have to repent or burn. “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Doesn’t sound like…

SERMON SHORT FOR December 1st, 2019

SERMON SHORT FOR December 1st, 2019 HOPE IN A CHILD Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24: 36-44 We enter into Advent – the season leading up to celebrating God coming to us in the form of a baby. Just as God declared his hope for humanity by becoming a human baby, we continue to express our hope…

A CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION MEETING

A CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION MEETING The year is fast closing and the Advent season is just around the corner. We have many special Christmas things happening at Gale in around Elmira. This coming Sunday we will hold worship in Café Church style in the Fellowship Hall. Following worship there will be a short information meeting for…

SERMON SHORT FOR November 17th, 2019

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 17th THREE CHURCHES TOGETHER              We really enjoyed the summer services in combined worship with St. James Lutheran and Trinity United churches. We are going to repeat the idea a few times throughout the year. This Sunday, November 17th, we meet at St. James Lutheran Church at 60 Arthur Street. The…