Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 29, 2018 John 15:1-8 Branches on the Vine In John’s Gospel we are given a long discourse in the upper room on the night when Jesus was betrayed that spans about five chapters. Today’s teaching by Jesus falls right about in the middle. It helps us understand the aspect of abiding and the seemingly

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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 22, 2018 John 10:11-19 Jesus Is the Good Shepherd The image of the shepherd is something most of us are used to and almost take for granted as something that goes hand in hand with Christianity. Some of us are even aware that the title “pastor” is derived from the Latin word which means

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Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter

April 15, 2018 Luke 24:36-49 Jesus In the Flesh Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. That means it is still Easter. The Ester season, like Christmas, follows the day of Easter and extends for a season. While the world has celebrated their egg hunts and chocolate feasts, the Church continues her joyous celebration of

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Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter

April 8, 2018 John 20:19-31 Jesus In the Flesh There is a fantastic 17th century painting of a scene from today’s Gospel reading by an Italian Baroque artist by the name of Michelangelo Cavaggio. The painting’s title is “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas. It portrays Jesus standing their looking down at his chest as he,

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Sermon for Easter

April 1, 2018 Mark 16:1-8 The Right Kind of Jesus This past week there were two articles in the paper that discussed what kind of chocolate bunny was the right kind. One of the articles talked about whether it should be milk, dark, or white chocolate, whether it should be solid or hollow, and whether

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Sermon for Palm Sunday

March 25, 2018 Psalm 118:19-29 Jesus Is Our King Psalm 118 is the last portion of what is known as the Hallel. It is an interesting choice for a Psalm during this season of Lent and especially as we begin Holy Week where we are focused upon that fast and the starkness of our liturgy.

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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 11, 2018 John 3:14-21 Jesus Was Lifted Up for Our Eternal Life The words of Jesus in our Gospel reading are poignant: “Whoever does not believe is condemned already.” The condemnation of mankind is not something that will happen at the end of time. Things will be sorted out then. Hearts will be revealed.

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Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent

March 4, 2018 John 2:13-22 Zeal for His Father’s House It is time for the Passover. It is time for Jews from all over to make one of their three annual trips to Jerusalem to worship God at the temple. This means they must offer a sacrifice. For many, it is an inconvenience. They come

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