Category Archives: Christmas

The Annunciation, Midweek Lent

With apologies, the COVID-19 restrictions caught us all by storm. The Lenten service and homily is available online here. As we continue through our beautiful windows.

Posted in Advent, Angels, Christmas, Lent

Childhood – Stained Glass

Audio here  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. We’ve mentioned before that stained glass has one purpose of teaching, of useful telling of a story, use of symbols in pictures, especially … Continue reading

Posted in children, Christmas, Church, Lent, sermon

Circumcision and Name of Jesus, New Year’s Eve

Merry Christmas! On the eighth day of Christmas, we are given some cutting-edge theology: Baby Jesus was circumcised! Blood shed. Baby blood. The covenant was kept–just like it was with every male, Jewish child. When the eighth day rolls around, … Continue reading

Posted in Baptism, Christmas, Old Testament, sermon

Christmas Eve – Candlelight, Stille Nacht, 200th Anniversary

Christmas Eve Candlelight Homily: On Christmas night, 1818, mice were stirring and chewing through the organ bellows at St. Nicholas in Oberdorf, Austria. For two years parish priest Joseph Mohr had been working on the lyrics to the now famous … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve – A Night in Bethlehem

Homily for Christmas Eve, 3rd-8th grade program, A Night In Bethlehem: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Bethlehem Every creature was stirring, for what the angels said to them; The promised Messiah was certainly near, As prophets foretold, … Continue reading

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Depart In Peace: Christmas 1

Listen here: http://stpetersarlington.org/depart-in-peace-christmas-1-december-31-2017/ Today is the seventh day of Christmas, and I hope you’re still going strong with the holy days now that the holidays are behind us. It makes me sad to see the Christmas trees already curbed for … Continue reading

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Christmas 2017

Linked are the three sermons for Christmas Eve and Day at St. Peter’s. Christmas Eve 6:30pm, Children’s Christmas Program, with the theme of Light a Candle. Light of the World: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love Christmas Eve Candlelight Christmas Day Merry Christmas!

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The Word Made Flesh, Suffers For You

Joseph bought a linen shroud, and with the help of Nicodemus prepared the body of our Lord. They were powerful, wealthy, and well educated men, they were members of the Sanheidrin, the very group that condemned Christ to death. They … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, easter vigil, Holy Week, Life, sermon

Epiphany: Following the Word

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. There has been all kinds of attempts to explain and tell about the Wise Men. Part of it is because it seems so unexplained. How did … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, Epiphany, Old Testament, sermon

12 Year Old Jesus – Christmas 2

Wisdom. We usually associate “wisdom” with people who are older. Wisdom, we often assume, comes with experience, gray hair, the school of “hard knocks.” Even in the temple, one could not read the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament until … Continue reading

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