Sermons from 2016

Ugly Sweaters, Songs and Salvation 8:30

Have you seen the so-called ugly Christmas sweaters?  Have you ever been to an ugly Christmas sweater party?  Did you wonder where this trend from?  Maybe we could point to Dr. Huxtable or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for the appearance of the first ugly Christmas sweater.  It was in 2002 that the first recorded ugly Christmas sweater affair was held in Vancouver,…

Ugly Sweaters, Songs, and Salvation

Ever since the wise ones, we have wondered and struggled over the quest of the perfect gift.  Like our children helped us illustrate, the perfect gift is heaven-given.  However, this does not keep us from searching for the perfect gift for our family and friends: the toy guide for Toy R Us, the latest and greatest electronic gadgets, or maybe stylish attire. …

Away in the Manger, No Silent Night

A long time ago in a place far away, God came to earth to be with us. I want to tell you the story of Jesus’ Away in Manager – but it was no silent night.  (noise makers) Our story begins with Mary. Mary, a young girl, has heard from an angel that she was going to have a baby. When the…

Silent Christmas Letters

I can imagine that you have received some letters recently that begin like this: “Our year in review” “2016 was a great year!” “2016 was a year full of unexpected twists and turns” “As I sit down to write this annual letter, I remember all of the ups and downs of the last year.” Maybe you even wrote one yourself.  The writer…

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…

Christmas Play List

The words we say matter deeply.  They sculpt our understandings and shape the way we treat ourselves and others.  And music deepens that connection.  But first, I want to see how well you know some of the most common Christmas carols: Finish this phrase: –      Dashing through the snow, (pause)   on a one horse soap and hay…  or is it on a…

Countdown to Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving to you, all. I hope you had a wonderful celebration.  As we were preparing to host our families, we took part in one of our favorite traditions, watching the Thanksgiving Day parade.  Singing and dancing, enjoying the parade – a good time was had by all.  And of course, the last float was Santa Claus, where he has been for…