Sermons from December 2020

Sermons from December 2020

Nativity

Christmas Has Just Begun

Psalm 148   December 27, 2020   Colossians 3:12-17 I want you to imagine that you are going to a really wonderful concert.  You’ve been standing in line for a long time, and the outside speakers have been playing music from the featured group to really get you in the mood for the concert.  Vendors have been moving up and down the line, selling souvenirs that focus on this concert, and your whole group is loaded up with fun items. The expectations…
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He Broke the Yoke

Isaiah 9:2-7   December 24, 2020   Luke 2:1-20 Do you remember that old TV show, “Laverne and Shirley”?  There were two funny characters in their apartment building—Lenny and Squiggy—and their moronic voices added a lot to the show.  When one of them would tell the other to do something, the response would be, “I’m not your SLAVE!”  That was actually a very accurate rendering of a phrase that was popular in the 60’s—and I can clearly hear my sister saying the…
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Greetings, Favored One!

Greetings, Favored One!                   4th Advent Romans 16:25-27   December 20, 2020   Luke 1:26-38 Don’t you just love Christmas Pageants?!  Over the years, I have seen some doozeys!  Like the year Joseph picked up the Baby Jesus and the doll’s head fell off and rolled across the floor—or like the year the innkeeper got all choked up and offered Mary and Joseph his own room, rather than sending them to a stable!  But the one that came to mind this week depicted…
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A Humble Witness

A Humble Witness            3rd Advent Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11   Dec. 13, 2020   John 1:6-8, 19-28 There’s a movie that I like to watch every February.  It stars Bill Murray, and it’s called Groundhog Day.  He plays a hotshot weatherman with a “big future,” but he got stuck re-living the same day, over and over again, until he was able to //:release his sense of self-importance and begin to care about the people around him.:\\ Gradually, he became more humble, he gained…
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Prepare the Way of the Lord

2 Peter 3:8-15a  Mark 1:1-8 I want you to imagine that the most important person in the world is coming to Sparks.  What would we do to get ready for this visit? I’m sure we would arrange for some special music to be performed, some welcome speeches would be written—we would do everything we could think of to make this person feel welcome!  Of course, there would be a parade, and all the buildings along the parade route would be decorated.  Of course,…