Sunday Sermon Blog

Sunday Sermon Blog

ZAGREB, CROATIA - DECEMBER 12: Bartolomeo Coda: Baptism of Christ, exhibited at the Great Masters renesnse in Croatia, opened December 12, 2011. in Zagreb, Croatia

2nd Sunday of Advent

In 1933 Dietrich Bonhoeffer was pastoring two congregations in London. He preached on the First Sunday of Advent about a miner that had been trapped underground in a mining accident. Traditionally on the First Sunday of Advent, the Candle of Hope is lit. About the trapped miner Bonhoeffer was preaching on hope. Trapped deep underground the miner had hope that his fellow miners above ground would be able to find him. Above ground, the miners hoped that the trapped miner…
Ten commandments stones, viewed from ground level in dramatic perspective, with sky and clouds in background.

Lectionary – Proper 26

Being close to the kingdom In the Hebrew Bible, there were 613 Laws considered to be at the center being obedient to God. It was impossible to obey them all, and some were subject to interpretation. In Mark Chapter 12 Jesus is in the Temple court in Jerusalem engaged in dialogue with several Sadducees about aspects of the Law. During this discussion, a teacher of the Law asked Jesus: “What is the most important commandment?”(The Contemporary English Version (Nashville: Thomas…
Happy family standing on the beach at the sunset time. They keep the letters forming the word " family". Concept of friendly family.

Lectionary – Proper 22

Embracing the children “It makes good sense that the God who got everything started and keeps everything going now completes the work by making the Salvation Pioneer perfect through suffering as he leads all these people to glory. Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family, saying, I’ll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you; I’ll join them in worship…
Businessman hand holding alarm on creative digital background

Lectionary – Proper 15

Making the Most of Time “Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts,…
Word community from the old dictionary, a close up.

Lectionary – Proper 14

Ephesians 4:25-5:2 “So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out…
abraham and 3 vistors

Lectionary Proper 11

“No Longer Strangers” is the current Sermon Series. The July 2nd Sermon Title is “Aliens Brought Near” and is based on the Scripture text: Ephesians 2:11-22. We hear the word “alien” a lot in the news. Usually this word is linked to the adjective “illegal”. However illegal alien is not a concept we find in the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew word sometimes translated as alien in English comes from the Hebrew word that is most often translated into English as…