Sermon for Sunday February 12, 2017

Psalm 119:1-8 The Power of Blessing Last Sunday, I told you that the theologian Diana Butler Bass had commented that given the political, social and economic situation today, sermons are almost writing themselves. It is true. So much of contemporary sermon writing seems to be in response to what is happening out there in the […]

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Sermon for Sunday February 5, 2017

Matthew 5:13-20 Saltiness, Luminescence and the Law This morning Bob read to us what might be considered part two of the Beatitudes.  Jesus is discussing the question which I am sure many of us have, “What does it look like to be a follower of Jesus?”  Jesus’ response is quite simple, “You are the salt […]

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Sermon for Sunday January 29, 2017

Matthew 5:1-12 What is Reality?   There are a few churches around town which have a sign out in front upon which they put some interesting slogans.  I am always interested to see what they say.  This past week, a friend sent me a collection of these slogans from church signs in the States:  “Honk […]

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Sermon for Sunday January 15, 2017

Amazing Grace Last week, someone asked me what was different about the United Church to the other churches in our community.  It is a good question.  If I asked you where you do your weekly grocery shopping you would name the store and then probably tell me the reasons you shop there.  Better prices.  Location.  […]

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Sermon for Sunday January 8, 2017

Matthew 2:1-11 What Gifts Do You Bring?   This Sunday, we celebrate Epiphany, the magi coming to visit the baby Jesus in the manger.  This story has become quite important in our retelling of the birth of Jesus.  A few years ago, a survey was done of religious cards and it was discovered that the […]

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Sermon for Sunday December 11, 2016

The World Turned Upside Down I remember about six years ago, receiving my first iPad.  One of the exciting things I knew you could do with an iPad was that it stores all kinds of books and you just call them up when you want to read them.  Imagine being able to carry around a […]

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Sermon for Sunday December 4, 2016

    Matthew 3:1-12 I’m Just Kind of Ordinary You probably didn’t come to church this morning anticipating the words of John the Baptist. John said that God’s Kingdom was coming and you had better shape up or else God would give you the ax like an elm with blight or toss you into the […]

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Sermon for Sunday November 27, 2016

  Matthew 24:36-44 God is Still Speaking I want to tell you this morning about Vera.  Vera was a woman who, at the age of 87, moved across the country so that she could be closer to her children and grandchildren.  One morning, I arrived early at the church which was in a small country […]

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Sermon for Sunday November 20, 2016

Luke 23:33-43 Today! (a pre-communion meditation) When you heard Barbara read this morning’s scripture lesson, you might have thought that this is a reading which seems more like pre-Easter than pre-Christmas. As the world gears up for Christmas, here is the church seemingly out of step once again, talking about Jesus on the cross. It […]

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