Sermons by OSLC

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Discerning God’s Will

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B 17 January 2021 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51   The story of Samuel sleeping in the temple and waking to the voice of God may be one of the stories we remember from Sunday School. Samuel is the fulfillment of his […]

God, and the year that was, and the year that will be

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First Sunday after Christmas Day, Year B 27 December 2020 Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Psalm 148 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40   During this time of Covid we have been visiting our kids every Sunday afternoon. Usually these are outdoor visits, except for a brief period in the summer when the numbers were lower. And we always visit […]

The vulnerability that saves the world

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The Nativity of the Lord – Proper III, Year B 24 & 25 December 2020   Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm 98 Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) John 1:1-14   In the Gospel of Luke, on the first day of the week the women disciples, among them Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, go to the grave […]

Together and God with us

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Nativity of the Lord, Year B 24 December 2020 Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)   Christmas time is story time. When I was young, during the month of December my family would gather on Saturday or Sunday evenings, sing Advent hymns, read stories, and eat Christmas cookies. It made my brother’s […]

The Courage to Say Yes to God

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B 20 December 2020 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Luke 1:46b-55 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38   I grew up in the church and yet we never talked much about Mary, at least not that I can remember. And yet during Evening Prayer we would always sing her song about the lowly […]

Permanent Presence

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Holden Evening Prayer 17 December 2020 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16   The first congregation I served was founded in 1905. Construction on a church building was begun in 1906. It was a time of slow growth, much turmoil, the depression, two world wars, and it took the congregation 40 years to pay off the mortgage. […]

Enough for All

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year B 13 December 2020   Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28   In the debate about racism and colonialism it has been said that the wealth of Western societies is built on slavery, the theft of land, and exploitation of colonies. A Mennonite acquaintance in […]

Praying Without Ceasing

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Holden Evening Prayer 10 December 2020 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24   I remember wondering in my teenage years about how one could pray without ceasing and how one could give thanks always. It was a few us us who were wondering then and we did not find an answer. And I imagine most Western Christians who […]

When the end is a beginning

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year B 6 December 2020 Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8   If you have ever read the Gospel of Mark from the beginning to the end, and this is a good one to start with because it’s the shortest of the four gospels, you will have […]

God’s Patience

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Holden Evening Prayer 3 December 2020 2 Peter 3:8-15a   When the pandemic began, we had no idea how long it would last. We also had little idea how to respond appropriately as much was still unknown about the virus. Well, I haven’t disinfected my groceries for a long time now. And I believe that […]