“Where Do We Go from Here?”

~ 1 Samuel 3:1-10/John 1:43-51 ~ I must say right up front that this is not my title, “Where Do We Go from Here?” It is actually the title of a book published in 1967 by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the last book he wrote before his assassination. The … Read More

“Setting the Stage”

~ Mark 1:1-11/Genesis 1:1-5 ~ A youngish Derek Jacobi wanders through the backstage of a theater, proclaiming: O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Thus begins the prologue … Read More

“Hindsight is 2020”

~ Isaiah 60:1-6/Matthew 2:9-11 ~ Just a year ago on this Sunday, which now seems like a lifetime ago, I preached about vision – 2020 vision, which, it turns out, was a popular metaphor amongst us preachers. Going into 2020, we took the verbiage of Isaiah – “Arise, shine; for … Read More

“I’ve Been Waiting So Long”

~ Luke 2:25-35 ~ As I was considering this story of Simeon this week, a song popped into my head and just stayed there – you know, an earworm. But it ended up being the inspiration for my sermon title this Sunday, “I’ve been waiting so long.” One of my … Read More

“Be Like Mary”

~ Luke 1:26-56 ~ There’s one word in this passage Jeannie read that we might have overlooked. But it turns out to be quite important. Did you catch it? It says Mary “pondered.” “What sort of greeting might this be”, she ponders? “Pondered” means she turned things over in her … Read More

“The Joyful Work of Rebuilding the Ruins”

~ Isaiah 61:1-4/John 1:6-8, 19-28 ~ So, here comes John preaching the coming Messiah. He comes preaching the light. He comes, echoing the words of the prophet Isaiah as one crying in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord.” So, the gospel, as portrayed by this gospel writer, … Read More