Sermons on Isaiah

DO John

Last weekend, Steve and I took some time away in New York City for our anniversary.  We walked through Times Square, around Broadway specifically, and the rest of the Theater district.  We heard lots of voices calling to get our attention.  Large television screens advertising everything from news stations to clothing.  There were broadcasts of games and talk shows.  There were pop-up…

Do Matthew

Prophecy sometimes gets a bad rap like the proverbial boy who cried wolf.  Or, if you prefer, like the ominous warning Winter is Coming from Game of Thrones. Being the lone voice who is calling the community to hear them can be lonely and long, draining and daunting.  And yet, this is the work of the prophet. Look and listen.  We hear…

Do Pause: Do Pause to Listen

After his baptism, Jesus was driven into the desert for forty days and forty nights. Some gospels focus on that time as a time of temptation, others as a time of silence, others as time with God.  The Gospel of Mark notes “Jesus was with wild animals and cared for by angels.”  During those days of preparation, we are reminded of our…

DO: One Word

For the wise ones, it began with a hunch. The Magi had been studying the stars and surveying the skies and working the astrology and waiting for what was coming. Their preparation came ahead of the great story. Epiphany, the season of brilliant manifestation and aha! and revelation came first with showing up in ordinary…

Blue Christmas

We entered in the darkness tonight, friends.  On the longest day of the year, we entered into a dark room.  Already, we have lit together two candles.  We light candles to remind of God’s presence.  We light candles to call our own attention to God.  Pay attention tonight to the light.  It might be easy to look for the darkness, but look…

Shattering Shepherd Stillness

Have you considered that Christmas might be more about shattering stillness than securing it? Hear me as an introvert, who loves quiet moments. Travel with me for a moment to the hillside outside Bethlehem over two thousand years ago, where sheep are resting in the dark, shepherds are settling in, and the stars are overhead. Frederick Buechner imagined the shepherds in the…

Shepherds: Shock and Awe

The prophet Isaiah foretold that Messiah would be called:  Prince of Peace.  Jesus – the Prince of Prince. Peace, not as the absence of conflict, but a deep and abiding authority over chaos and presence of justice.  In a world filled with war and conflict, it is almost impossible to imagine peace.  Peace is a stark and opposite change from the daily…

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When I was in junior high, I can remember making and receiving mix tapes.  Musical gifts of time.  They took hours!  In fact, so many hours, that I cannot get rid of them!  We have at least a box-full in the basement.  You would listen to the radio on an oversized boom box for songs that you thought should be a part…