“Beauty For Ashes” December 17, 2023

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“Beauty For Ashes” Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11/ Psalm 126 Luke 1:39-56     / John 1:6-28, 19-28                                                                     “ For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”  To me, these words from the 9th chapter of Isaiah  almost serve as a Clarion call to what is to be and to what we can...

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{Comfort Ye My People” December 10, 2023

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{Comfort Ye My People” Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85[:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15 Mark 1:1-8 Undoubtedly, at this time of year we are going to hear portions of the masterpiece by George Frederick Handel called The Messiah. Now, The Messiah is classified as an oratorio, which can be defined as a large-scale musical work for orchestra and voices, typically a narrative on a religious theme. Which pretty much sums it up. If you’ve ever taking the time to listen and to study this...

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“Dear Desire of  Every Nation, Joy of Every longing Heart” Dec. 3,2023

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:Dear Desire of  Every Nation, Joy of Every longing Heart” Jeremiah 33:14-16/ Psalm 25:1-10 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36/ Mark 13:24-37) You know, Jesus didn’t preach or prophecy an apocalyptic message very often.   His emphasis has always been upon love and compassion and basically, how we treat each other. I will refer you to the book by a guy named Rob Bell titled “If God is love, Then Don’t Be a Jerk.” It’s common knowledge that Jesus spent...

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THE FULNESS OF CHRIST Nov 26, 2023

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“The Fulness of Christ” Psalm 100/ Ephesians 1:11-23 Matthew 25:31-46 Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday. It is one of the most recent additions to the church calendar, it marks the end of the Christian year, with next Sunday, being the first Sunday of Advent which begins yet another liturgical year. Now, for most of us, the exact end date of the Christian year is about as important as the Chinese New Year, but I have learned to roll with it and...

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“A Harbinger of Joy. Nov. 19, 2023

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“A Harbinger of Joy” Zephaniah 1:12-18 Psalm 123 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30   Ah, the parable of the talents. You know, it’s not surprising that this particular parable is rarely used in a stewardship campaign because even though the master in this story places a whole lot of  trust in  his servants to invest some rather large sums of his money, this parable has nothing to do with money at all. It does, however, have a lot to do with investments. Delmer...

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“We Live With Our Antiquities” Nov 12, 2023

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“We Live With Our Antiquities” Psalm 78:1-8/ Joshua24:1-25 Song of Solomon 6:17-25 Matthew 25:1-13 From the teachings in Psalm 78 to the warnings of Joshua and even in our gospel message today, there appears to be a theme of commitment and decision making going on that I can’t help but find just a tad bit ironic. I mean, here I am sitting in a longboat floating up the Danube River in Germany when all good and common sense should have told me that in my condition, it would...

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