There Will Be Signs – An Advent Sermon on Luke 21:25-36

“There will be signs,” Jesus said (from the gospel for the First Sunday of Advent, Luke 21:25-36). When I was a child one of the signs I always looked forward to was my Advent calendar. Every year about this time…

Advent Preparation – Let the Baby be Born

“Now the birth of Jesus took place in this way….” (Matthew 1:18-25) Matthew's description of how Jesus' birth happens does not mention anything that is on my to-do list. There is no busyness in his description. There are very few words…

You are More than the Circumstances of your Life

“Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” When I look at the various situations and circumstances of my life, the joys and sorrows, the successes and failures,…

Repentance Means Becoming Human

There comes a time when we realize change is needed. Things don’t work out. Something happens. Someone says something. The tried and true ways become tired and trite. It may happen suddenly or slowly over time. Either way, we realize…

Expectations, Baggage, and God

Remember packing for the last trip you took? Suitcases, backpacks, bags. Sometimes packing can be the most stressful part of the journey. What did you take? What did you leave behind? Why did you take what you did? Most of…

When Exile and Words of Comfort Meet – A Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-11, Advent 2B

The collect and readings for today, The Second Sunday of Advent, may be found here. The following sermon focuses on Isaiah 40:1-11. “Comfort, o comfort my people.” These are God’s ancient words to his people; spoken through the prophet Isaiah…

Alma Redemptoris Mater

With the First Sunday in Advent the Marian hymn following compline changed from the Salve Regina to the Alma Redemptoris Mater. This will be used until the  Feast of the Presentation. There are two concluding collects: one for the Season of…

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