Learning to Stand up Straight, Living with Regret, and Hope in a Time of Turmoil: Sermons for Advent and Christmas 2018

December 2nd: Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, and Luke 21:26-36

‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth...
— Luke 3:4-5
Photo Credit: Iain Beveridge, Carrizo Plain, December 2018

Photo Credit: Iain Beveridge, Carrizo Plain, December 2018

December 9th: Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 and Luke 3:1-6

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
— Malachi 3:1-2a
Photo Credit: Iain Beveridge, Carrizo Plain December 2018

Photo Credit: Iain Beveridge, Carrizo Plain December 2018

December 24th: Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-20

When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
— Luke 2:17-19
Thank you HumanKind SLO for more fair trade treasures.

Thank you HumanKind SLO for more fair trade treasures.

Sermon for Christmas Eve 2017 -- Wildfire, Hair Salons, and Mangers: Encountering the Word of God

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,* and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
— John 1:1-5.....NRSV
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I hope you all had a blessed Christmas.  May love, peace, and joy be yours in the New Year!

This Week's Sermon: Defeating King Herod

Micah 5:2-5a and Matthew 1:18-2:15

Scripture readings follow Brian's McLaren's alternative lectionary in his book We Make the Road by Walking.

Night Waters                            Finger Painting at the Wild Goose Festival 2014

Night Waters                            Finger Painting at the Wild Goose Festival 2014

Sermon Notes

Here's a link to a poem of Gary Snyder's -- For the Children -- an appropriate selection for the stories about King Herod in Matthew this Third Sunday in Advent.

 

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