Sermons on Isaiah

Do Expect Hope

In the middle of December when I was a child, boxes would begin appearing on the kitchen table to decorate our home.  It was not until later, I learned that they were tucked in the attic throughout the year and taken down only for Christmas.  The children just expected Christmas tins, mistletoe, stuffed bears, and other decorations would show up. This Advent…

A Stewardship of Legacy

Slide 1: Today we want to focus on something we may not think much about- the stewardship of our legacy. How do we live so that our lives continues to change the world, shape the world for God even after our lives here end? Slide 2: Psalm 78- this is The Message version- goes like this: 1-4 Listen, dear friends, to God’s…

DO Share You

The Gospel of Mark is part of the synoptic Gospels. The early church attributes authorship to John Mark, a student of Peter in Rome. Written by Mark witnessed earlier by Peter. It is though to have been written around 64 AD under Emperor Nero. Nero launched Persecution of believer’s of the way. The original audience is believers in Rome. It is probable…

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…