Sermons

BRING YOUR BURDENS TO THE ALTAR AND LEAVE THEM THERE

Our pericope this morning comes to us from the Gospel of Matthew:  “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; […]

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TRAVELLERS AND SOJOUNRERS PASSING THROUGH

The second reading this morning is a passage from the letter to the Hebrews and begins with the travels of Abraham: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive […]

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS, AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN

Jesus looked at the crowd. He noticed how lost they were, and how out-of-place they appeared. They were a needy people, and He had compassion for them. He says: “The harvesters are plentiful, but the workers are few. Pray therefore […]

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GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS

Our gospel pericope this morning is taken from the Gospel of Matthew. Let’s look at it again. This is probably the most famous mission statement that Jesus ever made. “The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which […]

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WHAT PENTECOST MEANS FOR THE CHURCH: CHRIST HAS NO BODY BUT YOURS

When the day of Pentecost had come the disciples were all together in one place, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. […]

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ASCENSION SUNDAY: THE WAITING BEGINS

“While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. This, he said is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be […]

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FAITH BASED NOT FAITH IMPOSED

Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15) Working in the ministry outside of the walls […]

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THE FIELDS ARE RIPE FOR HARVEST

One summer during college, I got a job with a wheat cutting crew.  It started on the Gulf Coast and were heading through the Breadbasket states, and on into Canada. My father was the pastor of a church at that time […]

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ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS

In our Gospel passage today, Luke tells us a story about the disciples who were on their way to a small village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. And they were talking about all the things that had been […]

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TO KNOW GOD YET NOT KNOW GOD

Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now,  you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the […]

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