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Sermon for the Nativity of our Lord December 24, 2017

Isaiah 9:2-7                                         Psalm 96                              Titus 2:11-14                                       Luke 2:1-20 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light,” the prophet Isaiah says. To be in the dark about something …

Sermon for Advent 4, Year B December 24, 2017

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16                         Canticle 15                          Romans 16:25-27                              Luke 1:26-27 Advent is always the four Sundays BEFORE Christmas, so this morning we are observing the fourth Sunday of Advent, rather …

Sermon for Advent 3, Year B December 17, 2017

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11                         Psalm 126                         1 Thessalonians 5:16-24                        John 1-6, 19-28 Reading books and listening to stories, gives us an opportunity to see ourselves in the characters we love and …

Sermon for Advent 2, Year B December 10, 2017

Isaiah 40:1-11                     Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13                           2 Peter 3:8-15a                                  Mark 1:1018 Today’s readings are very appropriate for Advent.  Isaiah speaks of preparing the way of the Lord, and the gospel quotes …

Sermon for Advent 1, Year B December 3, 2017

Isaiah 64:1-9                       Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18                         1 Corinthians 1:3-9                           Mark 13:24-37 Happy New Year!  Today is the first day of our new church year and our Sunday Gospel readings this year …

Sermon for Proper 28, Year A November 19, 2017

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18          Psalm 90: 1-12               1 Thessalonians 5:1-11                  Matthew 25:14-30 Last Sunday I talked about some of what I learned at our cottage dinners.   Many of you did …

Sermon for Proper 27. Year A November 12, 2017

Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16        Psalm 70              1 Thessalonians 4:13-18                 Matthew 25:1-13 In our cottage meetings, I learned a lot about your interests and desires for St. Paul’s. Like with any …

Sermon for Proper 25, Year A October 29, 2017

Leviticus 19-1-2, 15-18                   Psalm 1                 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8                     Matthew 22:34-46 In morning prayer, as the scriptures are read, I read along in a different translation.  This past week, I found …

Sermon for Proper 24, Year A October 22, 2017

Isaiah 45:1-7                       Psalm 96:1-13                    1 Thessalonians 1:1-20                   Matthew 22:15-22 Today’s gospel reading is a wonderful example of how Jesus took what people thought and presented it in a way that …