Sermons from November 2020

Sermons from November 2020


To See the Blessings

Psalm 100   Ephesians 1:15-23 There’s an old song I know, much-loved but not much-used any more.  The refrain goes like this: “Count your blessings, Name them one by one; Count your blessings, See what God hath done; Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings, See what God hatch done.”  See what God has done.  We’re coming up to Thanksgiving Day here shortly—a day with plenty of traditions and expectations—a day when many of our familiar routines will…

We Belong to the Day

We Belong to the Day               24th Pentecost 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11   November 15, 2020   Matt. 25:14-30 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  And then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw that the light was good. From that ancient, ancient text to this very moment, light has been associated with all things good.  Running deep within our psyches we sense the epic struggle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness.  This imagery has been used in…

Watching with Hope

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   Matthew 25:1-13 Every great now and then, someone asks me about what it’s like to be a pastor.  My general answer is, “If you are called into ministry, it’s the best job in the world!”  If I am asked, “What is the worst part of being a pastor,” I would have to say, “funerals and memorial services.”  And, if I am asked, “What is the best part of being a pastor?” I would have to say that one of the best things would be funerals and…
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A Life Worthy of God

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13   Matthew 23:1-12 These last few weeks, we have been exploring several events in the life of Jesus in which he was dealing with Scribes and Pharisees—the “religious experts” of Israel.  These were men who had tremendous social standing: a cushy life, and a show of respect from the common people. But they felt threatened by the teachings of Jesus—threatened because, if the people responded to Jesus and to his message, their position of power and respect would crumble!  I get…