Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year’s: Circumcision and Name of Jesus

Luke 2:21: And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Merry Christmas! The days remain short this time of year. The sun is … Continue reading

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Holy Innocents: The Painful Reality of Christmas

Holy Innocents: Jeremiah 31:15-17, Matthew 2:13-18 How often do we read Scripture and just wonder, why? Why all this death? It doesn’t seem very Christmasy to be talking of such killings and death. We’ve spent this past week celebrating the … Continue reading

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The Word Was Made Flesh and Tabernacled!

John 1:1-14 In many and various ways, God spoke to His people by the prophets, but now in these last days He has spoken to us by his Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve: Unto You, Your Savior

  Merry Christmas! What a great joy it is to gather together to hear the news of our Savior’s birth. It news of great joy, news of great mirth, news of our merciful King’s birth. Of this proclamation from Luke, … Continue reading

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Advent 4 – Impregnated By Word and Faith

Advent 4 Readings (Series B): Luke 1:26-38; 2 Sam. 7:1–11,16; Romans 16:25-27 Pregnancy is a time of eager anticipation. So much is still unknown. The are unknowns throughout with anticipation of the babies gender, concern and wonder about the child’s health, … Continue reading

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Midweek Advent 3 – Isaiah

Isaiah 40: Sermon for Midweek Advent 3 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,     and cry to her that her warfare is ended,     that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord‘s hand     double for all … Continue reading

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Advent 3 – Patience For the One Who Comes

Advent 3: John 1:6-8, 19-28; Isaiah 61 Video here Dear people of God at Bethlehem, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Waiting is not something most of us do well. Our … Continue reading

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Malachi – Advent 2

Praying the Collect of the Day can be meaningful. Each Sunday, and for that week, the collect is a prayer that collects the congregation’s petitions into one plea. Like a laser beam it focuses on one request. This prayer becomes … Continue reading

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Advent 2: John the Baptist and Elijah

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8 Dear saints, through the righteousness of God and of our Savior Jesus Christ you have received a precious faith; Grace and peace to you in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, St. Andrew’s Day

St. Andrew’s Day and First Sunday of Advent Happy New Year! No, I haven’t slipped a month. Nor did you slip into a turkey induced coma and sleep right through the so-called “holiday season.” Today is the Feast of St. … Continue reading

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