Advent Series- Mary, Did You Know? Mary’s perspective on the birth of Jesus “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of God’s servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great… Continue reading Series: Mary, Did You Know?
Lent is a time when we prepare ourselves for Easter, for the tremendous revelation of God pouring out God’s own self for all the world. Such revelation is too much to take in sometimes! Instead, we will try to experience it through the imagined words and stories of the people who surrounded Jesus in his… Continue reading Lent Worship Series- Poured Out
Throughout Advent, I invited the congregation at Lebanon UMC to vote for their favorite Christmas Hymns, and for the first Sunday after Christmas, we counted them down-- well, not in order, but as part of the worship service. I shared some history of each song, gleaned from the wisdom of the Internets, and I did… Continue reading Favorite Christmas Hymns
"Hope Unexpected" (December 13, 2015) Mary and Elizabeth, two people who each failed at their one job (to provide their husbands with sons, of course), are perhaps in the best position to grasp and proclaim exactly how powerful God's transformation is, and how much hope turns things upside-down, if we dare to hold on to… Continue reading Sermon: Hope Unexpected
"It Takes a Village: For the Love of Joseph" (December 6, 2015) Joseph makes a radical decision, when her learned of her alleged infidelity, first to divorce Mary quietly, and then not to divorce her at all but to join with her in marriage, and to raise their child together, even naming Jesus as his own son.… Continue reading Sermon: For the Love of Joseph
"It Takes a Village: Simeon, Anna, and Expectation" (November 29, 2015) Jesus was born into a community, a context, a village, and the people in that context and community are important. The prophets-- from those of old like Jeremiah, to those contemporary and near-contemporary with Jesus like Simeon and Anna-- expressed the people's longing for… Continue reading Sermon: Simeon, Anna, and Expectation
"Wind, Water, Flame" (May 24, 2015, Pentecost) We talk about the Holy Spirit in curious ways-- ways that perhaps betray our discomfort with it's unpredictable, life-shaking nature. Are we ready to let the Spirit shake us up, let it rock us? (Acts 2:1-6, 12-21) --- (money shot for those who want to hear me sing at… Continue reading Sermon: Wind, Water, Flame
"Hope and Longing" (November 30, 2014 - First Sunday of Advent) In the wake of more racial injustice, and in the face of pandemic illnesses, what does it mean to hold out hope? Can we hear the sacred longing in our own cries of "how long?", and cling to the Advent promise that Christ is… Continue reading Sermon: Hope and Longing