Sermons on Advent

Wake Up Sleepy Shepherds

Thank you for joining me up here to help me tell the story of Christmas. You have been doing a great job with your bells so far.  Hopefully, you can keep helping me, because we have an important job to do.  We have some shepherds to wake up! Does anyone know what animals shepherds take care of?  (sheep!) I will need you…

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…

Decorations to Remind

Car games are the gift of any driver with children.  This time of year, I am reminded of when Alisabeth first really saw “yights”.  That is Christmas lights.  We would be driving around in the evening when she was two years old, and she would holler out – “yights!” pointing right or left for us to look.  Each time we would look…

Piles of Prophets and Presents

Piles of Prophets and Presents Is your Christmas shopping done yet? Are the presents piling higher and higher for your loved ones? There is no doubt the doing of Christmas keeps us busy. How are we listening to the call of the prophets and not just hearing the call to piles of presents which is loud. Marketing is effective. We can often…