A Sermon Collection From Advent-Christmas 2021

Today brings us to the end of the Christmas season and, with tomorrow's Feast of the Epiphany, the beginning of the Epiphany season. Here are some ways to enter more deeply into the meaning of the season: Hear the story of the fourth wise man; Bless your home with chalk; andRead the Epiphany Proclamation of…

The Days Will Surely Come – A Sermon On Jeremiah 33:14-16

Photo by Simon Wilkes on Unsplash Do you ever feel like your life is out of kilter and you’re a hot mess? Do you ever feel like you’re out of sync with yourself, others, or God?   “The days will surely come,” says the Lord, “when ….” When have the walls of your life been breached, your security…

“Creator Of The Stars Of Night” – An Advent Chant

https://youtu.be/b0_-Szd53zU "Creator of the Stars of Night" is an Advent chant with words from the 9th century. The music, Conditor lame siderum, is plainsong chant, mode 4. This rendition is by two choir members of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Uvalde. Creator of the stars of night,your people’s everlasting light,O Christ, Redeemer of us all,we pray you hear us when we…

Entering Advent In Hope – Fr. Daniel Berrigan

“It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss— This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination,…

Advent Possibilites – A Sermon On Matthew 24:36-44

The First Sunday in Advent, Year A - Matthew 24:36-44 Starry Night on the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons “But about that day and hour no one knows,” Jesus says. I hear those words and can’t help but remember days and hours about which I did not and could not know:…

It’s About Ordinary Life – An Advent Sermon On Luke 3:7-18

I remember asking the what-to-do question in my teen age and early adult years as I thought about and made decisions. I asked it during my separation and after my divorce. I asked it after our son Brandon died. I’ve asked it after I said or did something that hurt another. I’ve asked it when I felt lost, overwhelmed, powerless, scared, or guilty. I’ve asked it when the pain of the world is palpable, when those I love and care about are hurting, when others are dealing with the hardships and the difficulty of life. What then should I do? Who and how do I want to be in this moment?

Does any of that sound familiar in your life? When have you asked the question? And what was going on?

What Has Laid Claim To Your Life? – An Advent Sermon On Luke 3:1-6

What do you see when you look at your past?

What are the feelings and thoughts?Regardless of how we view our past, regardless of what did or not happen back then, to the degree we are enmeshed, entangled, or enslaved to our past, “we can expect the future to look like the past” (Caputo, The Weakness of God, 169). We repeat the same patterns, tell ourselves the same old stories, and listen to same old voices. And not much changes. Life becomes static and we are stuck in the past trying to live a life that is no longer. 

John’s call for repentance is the call for us to face and deal with our past.

The Unforeseeable Future – An Advent Sermon On Luke 21:25-36

In today’s gospel Jesus speaks of the “‘Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.” I think that’s a metaphor for the future. I’ve recently begun to think of Advent as the coming of our future, and a time when we prepare, as best we can, if we can, for that future. 

What comes up for you when you look toward or think about your future? How do you live with a future that is unforeseeable?

Shh, Be Quiet, It’s Advent.

A new liturgical year begins this coming Sunday, December 2, 2018, with the First Sunday of Advent. The Season of Advent consists of the four Sundays before Christmas. The liturgical color for Advent is purple or sometimes blue. We will begin a new liturgical cycle of seasons, feasts and fasts, and scripture lessons. This year…

Creator of the Stars of Night

Creator of the Stars of Night is an Advent chant with words from the 9th century. The music, Conditor lame siderum, is plainsong chant, mode 4. This rendition is by two choir members of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Uvalde. Creator of the stars of night, your people’s everlasting light, O Christ, Redeemer of us all, we pray you…

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