Sermons & Worship from December 2021

The Last One

Scripture: I Corinthians 3:5-9 One of the exercises that ministers often use when they get writer’s block is to try to imagine that the sermon they are working on is the last sermon they will ever preach.  Supposedly this exercise helps us to clear out all of our extraneous distracting thoughts and get right to the heart of our message driving our writing through a sense of urgency.  I find, however, that knowing this is the last sermon I am…

That’s Just the Kind of God I Am

Scripture: I John 4:7-12 The title of my sermon is “That’s Just the Kind of God I Am,” and what I am about to preach is the foundation for everything that I have said to you over the last 38 years.  So if you haven’t been listened to any of the rest of my sermons, listen now.     In the early 1900’s, the Austrian philosopher and social reformer, Rudolf Steiner, founded the Waldorf school, a new approach to education…

Gaudete

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-18; Luke 2:10-11 When I was a child, my church didn’t celebrate Advent.  We were Baptists and at the time, Advent was considered something that only high liturgical churches did and there was the feeling that if we celebrated Advent, the next thing you knew, we’d be burning incense and chanting psalms in Latin. By the time I was a teenager, however, my church had decided that recognizing Advent might be a way of saving Christmas from the materialism…

The Prince of Peace

Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given… And he shall be called ‘Prince of peace.’” As most of you know, I studied Biology as an undergraduate student but after receiving my Bachelor degree, I changed course and went into seminary for my graduate studies. It was 1980 and I was the tender age of 22 when I entered Colgate Rochester Divinity School and most of my classmates were also fresh out of…