A sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Luke 1:39-55 “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior!” Christ is nearly here. Mary comes to her cousin Elizabeth today, a woman older, childless, thought barren, who is carrying a child promised by God herself, and all gathered, including the to-be-born John, recognize the presence of the Holy in the … Continue reading rejoice
A sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, Luke 3:7-18 I want to start today’s sermon by re-reading the collect for the day: Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and … Continue reading Stir up
A sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, Luke 21:25-36 History often has a way of repeating itself. This simple fact is part of the reason for the smashing success of the Broadway musical, Hamilton. A story about a founding father in Alexander Hamilton that had not been well known, and yet, a story that … Continue reading rise up
On Sunday we will celebrate the beginning of a new Church year, moving from Year B in our lectionary cycle (our assigned Sunday readings) to Year C (the third of the three year cycle), and beginning again with the season of preparation and waiting, the season of Advent. With the coming of this new year, … Continue reading Happy New (Church) Year!
A sermon for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after the Pentecost, Mark 13:1-8 The end must come first. There is no other way. You will be tempted to become alarmed, to follow those who would lead you astray because you cannot believe that more will happen, that it isn’t actually time yet for Christ to come, but … Continue reading birth pangs