Sermons from 2017

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…

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…

Seen as Shepherds

The Museum of Architecture in London held its annual Gingerbread City exhibition with public voting again this season.(1)  The new special exhibit features more than 60 gingerbread buildings built around a masterplan developed by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. The architectural masterpieces made of sweet confections are designed and built by some of the most prominent firms in the world.  Gingerbread City…

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…

Gabriel: Sharing God’s News

Gabriel: Sharing God’s News As I was setting up for the Blue Christmas service on Thursday, one of our young Daisy friends came into to see what I was doing.  She was very taken by our nativity over here.  She came over and we talked about all of the characters in the Nativity, from animals…