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February 7, 2021 – Recognition – The 5th Sunday After Epiphany

Luke 7:1-17        The centurion recognizes in Jesus someone with power to heal. The Elders recognize the centurion as someone who has been good to them and to their community. Jesus recognizes a request for help, and starts to walk over. The centurion recognizes the authority in Jesus when Jesus is not quite yet to the house. Jesus recognizes faith. Next, Jesus…

January 24, 2021 – Whose Effort? – The 3rd Sunday After Epiphany

Luke 5:1-11                    Jesus goes out in a boat. He goes out in a boat because there are so many people who want to hear his teaching. So he gets in Simon’s boat, and pushes back from the shore. He teaches, and when he’s done, he tells Simon where to fish. Simon tells Jesus that they’ve been trying that. As a…

January 17, 2021 – New Ears – The 2nd Sunday After Epiphany

Luke 4:14-30                                           Jesus comes back to Nazareth, preaches and is not well received. There’s a lot of human behavior happening here. There’s the inability to imagine God being right here, or a small town boy done that good. There’s a fear of God getting this close. There’s an assumption of arrogance.            Jesus has a response for all of it…

January 10, 2021 – Bridging the Gap -The Baptism of Christ

Luke 3:1-22             John baptizes, bear fruit worthy of repentance, share what you have. Note – this sermon was preached the week of the insurrection and coup attempt at the US Capitol building.            John the Baptist is a neat character. He’s related to the Messiah, and is in the same line of work. On a certain level, John is the last…

January 3, 2021 – Raise a Child – The 2nd Sunday of Christmas

Luke 2:41-52 This is an interesting passage. Often we look at how bad the parenting of Mary and Joseph is that they lost their kid for three days, or how snarky tween-age Jesus was. It is one of the few Scriptural stories of Jesus we have between his birth and infancy and his adult ministry. It provides a unique view into the…

December 20, 2020 – The 4th Sunday of Advent – An Old Story, A New Story

Luke 1:26-45 [46-56]     Announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary; he will receive the throne of David. Much of the Old Testament contains stories about women and children. We remember the stories of women who did not have children, and who could not have children, until God intervened. We remember Sarah, and Rachel, and Hannah. We remember that the promises of God…

December 6, 2020 – The 2nd Sunday of Advent – How Far Gone?

Joel 2:12-13, 28-29    Turn to a merciful God, promise of the Spirit. As we look at our world, as we have throughout this year, and even decade, or maybe century, we often wonder along with the Psalmist, “How long, O Lord?” At times, we wonder how long God will put up with us, or if not us, them. Joel, on the…