29Nov

S6E25: Stand (Prepare the Way pt. 1)

Sermon #311

On this first Sunday of Advent (2018) we begin a new series titled "Prepare the Way."  Throughout the Advent season we will be looking at old testament prophecy and how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of that word of God.  Advent is a time when we celebrate the three incarnations of Christ.  First, he came as a babe in Bethlehem, born to become a man who would bear the sins of the world on the cross.  Next, he lives in each of us in word and in spirit.  Finally, at the end of all things he will come again in the clouds in great glory and power.  At that time, we who have put on Christ may stand in the presence of our God.

Text: Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on December 2, 2018 (Originally published December 7, 2018)

S.D.G.

28Nov

Lectionary Readings for First Sunday of Advent, Year C

November 28, 2021

Old Testament: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalter: Psalm 25:1-10

Epistle Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Gospel Lesson: Luke 21:25-36

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

S.D.G.

14Nov

Lectionary Readings for Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28), Year B

November 14, 2021

Old Testament: 1 Samuel 1:4-12

Psalter: 2 Samuel 2:1-10

Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 10:11-25

Gospel Lesson: Mark 13:1-8

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

S.D.G.

8Nov

S9E13: Presence (The Vows We Make pt. 1)

Sermon #468

When we as Methodists become members of the local church, we make a vow to fully participate in the ministries of the local church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness (United Methodist Hymnal p. 38).  Frankly, many of us forget that we made such a vow after we join the church and quickly abandon those areas of our Christian walk.  So every once in a while I like to bring out those vows and remind our congregation of the promise they made when they joined the local church.  Today being Reformation Sunday, we look at what it means to participate in ministry by our presence.  How do we find joy in attending to both the outreach ministries and the worship of the local church?  The pandemic gave people permission to worship at home, and I thank God that we had the technology in place to do so.  But if we love God and love our neighbor, then our desire should be to be with each other, and that is what it means to be present in the ministries of the church.

Mark 12:28-34

Recorded at Hudson UMC on October 31, 2021

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S.D.G.

7Nov

Lectionary Readings for Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27), Year B

November 7, 2021

Old Testament: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17

Psalter: Psalm 127

Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 9:24-28

Gospel Lesson: Mark 12:38-44

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

S.D.G.

1Nov

Lectionary Readings for All Saints Day, Year B

November 1, 2021

Old Testament: Isaiah 25:6-9

Psalter: Psalm 24

Epistle Lesson: Revelation 21:1-6a

Gospel Lesson: John 11:32-44

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

S.D.G.

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