Peace Called Beside Us: Sermon for May 5, 2013

Every Sunday, at the very end of worship, I stand in the back of the sanctuary and offer the final blessing. I use words that are nearly 2,000 years old, and that are shared by Christians of all times and places: and now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be always with you.” And then, together, we all say “Amen”. And when we baptize someone in this church, we do so using words shared by the universal church: I baptize you in the name of the Father, … Continue reading Peace Called Beside Us: Sermon for May 5, 2013

Loaves, Fishes, and Hope – Sermon for July 29th 2012

John 6:1-21 6:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 6:2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 6:3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 6:4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 6:5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6:6 He said this to test him, … Continue reading Loaves, Fishes, and Hope – Sermon for July 29th 2012

“Here I Stand” – Sermon for March 11, 2012

John 2:13-22 2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2:14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 2:15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 2:16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was … Continue reading “Here I Stand” – Sermon for March 11, 2012