“The Lamp of God Has Not Gone Out!”

Second Sunday after Epiphany                                                        17 January 2021 (1 Samuel 3:1-20   Psalm 139   1 Corinthians 6:12-20  John 1:43-51) “The Lamp of God Has Not Gone Out!” Not totally unlike the way Pastor Andrew began his sermon last week, I want to begin today by telling you how hard, how almost totally impossible it is for me … More “The Lamp of God Has Not Gone Out!”

“A Bold, Audacious Beginning!”

Second Sunday of Christmas                                    3 January 2021 (Sirach 24:1-12   Psalm 147:12-20   Ephesians 1:3-14   John 1:1-5; 9-18 “A Bold, Audacious Beginning!” Today, on this Second Sunday of Christmas, January 3, 2021, once again we hear the beginning of the Gospel of John, the Prologue of John, John’s telling of the Christmas story.   We heard it on … More “A Bold, Audacious Beginning!”

Born into Brokenness

Christmas Eve 2020: Luke 2:1-14[15-30] Merry Christmas! Martin Luther once described the night of Christ’s birth like this;  “When now they were to come to Bethlehem (Joseph and Mary), they were, of all, the lowest… shoved into a stable to make a common lodging with cattle, while cutthroats lounged like lords in the inn. They … More Born into Brokenness

“Message of Love!”

Christmas Day                                                                                                   25 December 2020 (John 1:1-14) “Message of Love!” Here we are on Christmas morning.                                                                                 In years’ past we might have 25-30 persons gathered—a little more subdued than we were on Christmas Eve; a bit more tired than we were last evening.  Today we are gathered in a very simple way to hear … More “Message of Love!”

“Possible Impossibilities!”

Fourth Sunday in Advent                                         20 December 2020 (2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16   Psalm 89    Romans 16:25-27   Luke 1:26-38) “Possible Impossibilities!” Although I am not seeing you as I would if you were here in front of me, today I am wondering, how are you?  How are you, parents who have had your children at home … More “Possible Impossibilities!”

Witness as you are!

John: 1:6-8, 19-28 Last week we heard from the perspective of gospel writer Mark about John the Baptist – the biblical man of the wild dressed in camel’s hair, eating locusts dipped in wild honey, calling all in hearing distance to “prepare the way for the Lord”… believed by many to be a contemporary version … More Witness as you are!

A New Beginning

Mark 1:1-8 So, it’s Advent 2020.  Which, for those congregations who follow the three-year revised common lectionary, as we do here at St. James, puts us in Year B… the year we read primarily from the gospels of Mark and John.  Today, Advent II, we read from Mark… the gospel, that, in addition to being … More A New Beginning

“Trusting a Deeper Truth!”

First Sunday of Advent                                             29 November 2020 (Isaiah 64:1-9   Psalm 80   1 Corinthians 1:3-9   Mark 13:24-37) “Trusting a Deeper Truth!” There is an old adage that goes like this:  “Joy is not in things; it is within us!” For today, for this sermon, I want to change one word.  My change of one word goes … More “Trusting a Deeper Truth!”

Who is Your King?

Matthew 25: 31-46 Today is the day in the life of the Church celebrated as Christ the King Sunday.  Historically, a day instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius Xi (14) as the Catholic holiday, originally deemed the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  I guess Christ the King was easier for … More Who is Your King?