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Joy

  • December 27, 2020

    "The Language of Christmas"

    Year B - First Sunday After Christmas

    I met him while I was doing my last-minute Christmas shopping and as we were standing in the checkout line. His face seemed so welcoming and friendly that I decided to strike up a conversation.  Right away I discovered that he didn’t know English very well.  He struggled to come up with the words and […]

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  • December 24-25, 2020

    “JOY: When Christ Breaks Through to Us”

    Year B: Christmas Day

    At what point during this season filled with all the glitter and wrappings, the frantic shopping, the non-stop Christmas radio stations blaring “Jingle Bell Rock” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” – did the humble and beckoning Christ finally break through to you?  At what point did you finally say—enough of the plastic, […]

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  • December 16, 2018

    “Everything Changed”

    Year C – Third Sunday in Advent

    Instructions: Text in bold italic is to be sung. It may be sung a cappella by the preacher or a soloist, or it may be sung by the choir or the choir and congregation. If it is accompanied, please limit the introduction to a single chord or note to give the performers the starting pitch. […]

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  • December 9, 2018

    "The Birth of Redemption"

    Year C: Second Sunday of Advent

    ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the […]

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  • December 2, 2018

    "The Birth of Joy"

    Year C: First Sunday of Advent

    First Sunday of Advent –  December 2, 2018 Special Instructions: Text in bold italic is to be sung. It may be sung a cappella by the preacher or a soloist, or it may be sung by the choir or the choir and congregation. If it is accompanied, please limit the introduction to a single chord […]

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  • June 18, 2017

    “My Soul, My Life, My All”

    Year A - Second Sunday after Pentecost

    I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. – Psalm 116:1-2 As the Lord lives, so I live and so I live in His warmth and love. As God has loved me […]

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  • January 5, 2014

    “Our Testimony”

    Year A – Second Sunday after Christmas Day

    Until now, every time I have approached the prologue of John’s Gospel with an eye toward preaching this magnificent text, I have sensed an almost irresistible temptation to try to preach the rich theology contained in these eighteen verses. After all, John 1:1-5 and John 1:14-18 have been indescribably influential on the formation of the […]

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  • December 25, 2013

    "Disturbed by Joy!"

    Year A - Nativity of the Lord

    “Tis the season to be jolly,” says the carol. With bells ringing and people singing, the music of Christmas creates a festive atmosphere inviting all to celebrate.  Behind stained glass in candle lit sanctuaries, choirs sing, “Rejoice, earth and heaven, rejoice. All angels, all saints of God’s heaven rejoice!”  Outside, it seems like the entire […]

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  • December 23, 2012

    “Expecting”

    Year C - Fourth Sunday of Advent

    When you were younger, you might have kept a count of the number of days until Christmas.  I know that we are keeping a count in our household this year; we even have a little calendar with an official count, marked by cotton balls.  Dad, how many days until Christmas?  We are only two days […]

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  • November 25, 2012

    The Journey Continues…

    Lectionary Year B - Proper 29 (34) – Reign of Christ

    This year has been crazy. I feel like every month has brought something new. In January, my wife, Katie, got a full-time teaching position, and I started my final semester of seminary. By May Katie was winding down her school year, and I graduated, which gave us a week or so before we both hauled […]

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