Sermons tagged with ‘Lent’

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Palm Sunday 2016

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Palm Sunday
March 20, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: Triumphal Journeys

Jerusalem sat at the crossroads of the East; west to Egypt, north to Asia Minor, east to Syria. It was on a heavily traveled trade route. Merchants, traders, craftsmen, and swindlers filled the city. Jerusalem was also the capital city of Judea, and the home of Solomon’s Temple. Every Jew who could manage it was expected to take the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the celebration of the Passover Feast. Into this swirling circus of cultures, languages, and customs we enter today into Holy Week; the last week of the earthly life of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The Fifth Sunday in Lent 2016

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The Fifth Sunday in Lent 2016
March 13, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: Extravagant Love

Ruth protected Candace from a tripping fall on a broken sidewalk hidden in the sand. Her elbow took the full force, protecting Candace from the impact of the fall. She had a deep scar for years. What an example of instinct motivated by love.

The Fourth Sunday in Lent 2016

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The Fourth Sunday in Lent 2016
March 6, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: On Being the Oldest

Have you seen the TV ad for diapers that starts out with the first time mom interviewing a prospective babysitter? Mom notes the candidate’s ten years of experience, the Masters in Early Childhood Development, but says, “But you have no PhD. Can I record this?” Then the scene cuts to child #2, as the mom and dad are hurrying through the front door, passing their child to the bewildered teenaged babysitter as she arrives; and the mom says, “Here’s all the numbers, food’s in the fridge, and Lucas like’s to pull on jewelry, so you might want to lose the nose ring.” The elder and younger child grow up differently.

The Third Sunday in Lent 2016

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The Third Sunday in Lent 2016
February 28, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: No inheritance of Sin

The Black Plague hit Europe in 1347, eventually killing more than 20 million people, almost one third of Europe’s population. Many people thought this was God’s punishment for sins. Is that an old, abandoned reaction to horrific events?

Sandy Hook Elementary School, Columbine, Hurricane Katrina, my older brother drowning at age 2 ½, my mother dying of cancer at age 52. Should we believe that these acts are by a vengeful God against notorious sins?

The Second Sunday in Lent 2016

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The Second Sunday in Lent 2016
February 21, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: Trusting in Jesus

A major theme of Lent is self-examination; and these lessons take us deeply into that place of self-examination of trust.

Jesus had spent almost three years teaching how we can live more fully on earth, and what life in heaven is like. He is now on his way to Jerusalem for the last time; and he knows it is the last time, as Moses and Elijah had told him on the Mount of the Transfiguration. He flatly rejects the warning of the religious leaders to get out of Jerusalem in order to be a safe distance from Herod. He fully trusted in God’s purpose for his ministry, and NOTHING was going to distract him from accomplishing it.

The First Sunday in Lent 2016

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The First Sunday in Lent 2016
February 14, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: Having a Positive Wilderness Experience

When I was 28 years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following surgery, there was a recurrence; there were more surgeries; the cancer would not stop spreading. The prognosis was not good. Mom lived in NNY, and my family and I lived in PA. I wanted to move back to my home town to be with my mom, and for our daughters to know my mom.

Palm Sunday 2015

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Topic: The Cross That We Carry

Jesus had been loved, honored, sought after, and followed. Peter, James and John at least, maybe more of them, were beginning to understand who he was. Why couldn’t Jesus just stay under the radar of the powerful occupying Roman government; just out of sight from the paranoid Temple leadership?

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

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Topic: The essential nature of our spiritual identity

As Easter draws close, our Scripture lessons challenge us to take an accounting of our earthly life (of the flesh) versus life that the Spirit gives us. We have one foot in each life, and balance we make between these two lives identifies each of us.