“His Entrance, Our Salvation”

The First Sunday in Advent (B)
“His Entrance, Our Salvation”
December 3, 2017

Sermon Text: Mark 11:1-10, Luke 2:9-14

Peace be unto you from our Advent King, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke. 2:9-14)

 What? Too soon to read this? The account of our Lord’s birth… His coming to earth… His entry of all places, the little town of Bethlehem?

No… not really. It is not too soon at all and, in fact, this sacred reading parallels the Gospel account before us this morning, the First Sunday in Advent.

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“The Art of Seeing Without Seeing”

The Third Sunday of Easter

April 30, 2017

“The Art of Seeing Without Seeing”

Sermon Text:  Luke 24:13-35

In the Name of Jesus

Two weeks ago it was John who saw nothing in the tomb, but saw everything to believe Jesus rose again.

Last week it was Thomas; to whom Jesus said “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

And now this week Cleopos and the other disciple need to learn the art of seeing without seeing.

In spite of physically seeing the resurrected Jesus, Cleopos and the other disciple didn’t recognize Him.

You might think they lacked information, like maybe they weren’t around when Jesus prophesied His death and resurrection?

But, when they recited what happened over the past three days, including hearing from the women who saw the empty tomb, we know they saw everything they needed to see in order to believe.

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Say the Word

The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (C)

Sermon Text: Luke 7:1-10

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

One of the true joys of hearing the Word of God, reading and studying the Word of God is the opportunity to marvel at what all you find on each and every page… in each and every chapter. It’s the opportunity to see the Word in action even in the simplest of ways. This includes what can take place after the simplest of transmissions of that Word. It is truly astounding.

By all indications, such is the case involving a certain Roman centurion who name we do not know, but certainly his actions… his faith.

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