Sermons tagged with ‘hope’

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Being a People of Hope


Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C 8 May 2022 Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30   I read a paper recently, originally delivered as a lecture in the summer of 2019. The author makes three suppositions, none of them happy ones. When he first delivered his address to a gathering of theologians, pastors, […]

Choosing Trust and Hope


Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C 19 December 2021 Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:46b-55 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)   It has been no easier for churches to plan for Christmas than for anybody else. Virus mutations, public observance of health restrictions, vaccination rates, and in turn the issue of new health guidelines have guided our […]

Hope in Anxious Times


Reformation Day, Year B 31 October 2021 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 46 Romans 3:19-28 John 8:31-36   My father was born in 1931. I do not believe his childhood was particularly happy, though there were memories that stood out. Ironically, they are mostly memories from the years he was evacuated during the war, like learning to […]

Living in Hope


Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B 7 February 2021 Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39   I run my errands on Fridays. This past week I was out a little longer, first hearing on the radio that this was the day when we’d find out whether restrictions may be lifted […]

People of Hope


Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A 17 May 2020 Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:8-20 1 Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21   I do not take pride in the fact that I expected Donald Trump to win the last American election. And one could say that the fact that I did, makes me a pessimist. But I don’t […]