“The Glory of U-Turns” December 8, 2019

“The Glory of U-Turns” Isaiah 11:1-10/ Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12   “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” For those of us old enough to remember Andy Williams, this song and his voice are permanently burned into our brains. In so many ways, it is the perfect song for the Christmas season: it’s lively, it’s light, and, for me anyway, is always able to magically transform this, the darkest time of the year, into the “hap-happiest season of all.” The music, the...

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“Our Hope Is Built” December 1, 2019

“Our Hope Is Built” Isaiah 2:1-5 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:36-44   ADVENT… what a perfect word for this this four-week period that come before the day that we  celebrate the moment that our God became flesh and came to live among us. If you want a simple translation from the Latin, the word “Advent” means “coming.” In other words, “No more talking about it, no more wondering about it – this is it. The Messiah, our Redeemer, is coming. He’s on his way.” Now as a kid, I...

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“This Is Our King” November 24, 2019

“This Is Our King” Jeremiah 23:1-6 Colossians 1:11-20 Luke 23:33-43   Greetings and welcome to worship on this, the 24th of November in the year of our Lord, 2019. This week, the church celebrates “Christ the King” or “The Reign of Christ” Sunday and it’s kind of a big deal. It’s a big deal because this is a hinge week – sort of a pivot point – between the liturgical season of Ordinary Time and Advent. To put that into perspective, this season we call “ordinary time”...

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“Thanks Be to Our God” November 17, 2019

“Thanks Be to Our God” Isaiah 65:17-25/ Isaiah 12 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Luke 21:5-19   When I was 15 or so, my folks sold the ranch style house that I grew up in and bought what my dad used to refer to as “a gentleman farm.” It was a great place: old farm house that was in good shape, outbuildings, a big old barn, and it even had what was left of a milk house. The previous owners weren’t terribly ambitious, which might explain why they had to “sell the farm,” but for...

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“Hypotheticals and What Ifs” November 10, 2019

“Hypotheticals and What Ifs” Haggai 1:15b – 2:9 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38   A 4th grade elementary teacher was wanting to teach her students about self-esteem, and she had an idea but she wasn’t so sure about it. So, one day in a staff meeting she said, “What if – hypothetically now – what if I were to ask in the classroom; what if I were to say something like “Anyone who truly thinks that you are stupid, stand up?” Most of the other teachers...

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