Sermon: Dec. 10, 2017

butterfly_blueThird Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

Who are you? This is an essential question that we never stop exploring, and that never stops being important and interesting. Who are we? I bet not many among us would call ourselves prophets. Together we probably have a long list of our identities and roles. We might define ourselves by our professions or volunteer gigs, or by our personality traits—extroverts/introverts, cat people/dog people. We might describe who we are in relation to others—sister or daughter, student or wife. Some of us may identify with one or more of the groups listed in our reading from Isaiah—the oppressed, the ones whose hearts are crushed, the captives, those who are mourning. Continue reading

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Healing Service: The Longest Night

TLC Longest Night 2017 socialThe Longest Night

December 21, 2017
6 p.m.

Service of prayer and healing for those experiencing sadness or other difficulty during the winter holiday season.

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Sermon: Dec. 3, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-11
Good news of God’s coming to a people in exile
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Righteousness shall prepare a pathway for God. (Ps. 85:13)
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Waiting for and hastening the day of God
Mark 1:1-8
John appears from the wilderness

Matthew’s Gospel begins with a genealogy and wise men bearing gifts. Luke’s begins with Mary’s shocking pregnancy and shepherds in the fields. John opens with a cosmic poem. Mark has no time for such things. He jumps right into the Jordan River with John the Baptist announcing Jesus’ arrival, and a few verses later, Jesus appears, fully grown and ready to begin his ministry. Continue reading

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Sermon: Nov. 19, 2017

Christ the King Sunday

Christ the King Sunday is the final Sunday of the church year, making this service a New Year’s Eve party of sorts. Typically, New Year’s Eve invites us to look back at what has happened in the past year. Collectively we could try to sum up what the body of Christ here at Trinity has been up to as we close the doors of this year and begin moving toward the vision of what lies ahead. What decisions and actions do we hold up as shining examples of beauty and hope and love in ministry? What losses do we grieve? Which moments would we like to revisit with gratitude? What mistakes do we want to learn from, but not repeat? What blessing should we offer for the year ahead? Continue reading

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Sermon: Nov. 12, 2017

Pentecost 23
Reformation, Part 3 – The Church of the Future

What will the future be like? We already know that the world’s climate is changing, that the very shape of the world as we know is shifting due to floods, famine, fire, and earthquakes. But what about the people? From various sources, including The Atlantic and The New York Times, I gleaned a few statistics. By 2050, it’s expected that 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, so the future looks much more urban than the past or present. Second, in 2050, it’s predicted that 80% of the global population will live in Asia or Africa. Nigeria will have surpassed the US in population size and will join India and China as one of the top three largest countries. 63-67% of global GDP will come from countries in Asia, Africa or Latin America. And, while today’s fastest growing religions are Islam and Christianity outside Europe, if we subtract the dead weight of Europe, Christianity is now and will continue to be the fastest growing religion. Continue reading

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