Matthew 18:1-5: The Hidden Hero within our Lord’s Advent

This is a confessional address our pastor preached for our Confessional Service, which is a Service of Confession before receiving the Lord’s Supper.   The Son of God humbled Himself to be the Son of Man so we, the children of men, might be exalted to become the children of God.  So, from heaven, the […]

The Gospel According to Isaiah: Isaiah 4o:1-11

The moving descriptions of a foretold Messiah earned Isaiah his nickname: “The Fifth Evangelist.”  Did our Old-Testament reading for today not confirm this?  Still, what a contrast to the dispatch God earlier directed Isaiah to deliver, in chapter 6. Go and tell the people: “Be ever hearing, but never comprehending; always seeing, but never perceiving.”  […]

The Gospel According to Isaiah: Isaiah 64:1-9

The poetry in Isaiah is striking.  The turns of phrase and imagery amplify and repeat.  The people are like grass, soon turning into flowers wilting in the intense, Middle-Eastern sun.  Next, valleys are twisting upward, reaching for the sky, while mountains flatten as they become molten.  Such power resonates in those well-crafted words.  A Hebrew […]

The Value of Patient Endurance

This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the December 2015-January 2016 edition of our congregational newsletter.   Recently, we’ve had some discussion about singing Christmas hymns during Advent. Advent is from the first Sunday after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Christmas is from December 25 to January 6. So, we’ll still let Advent be Advent, a season […]

Midweek Advent Services

This year’s midweek Advent services will focus on the Old Testament Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Through their lives, we will learn how they pointed forward to Jesus Christ. Our midweek services will be on December 5, 12, and 19 at 1:00 and 7:00 PM.  The order of service will be Evening Prayer (yes, even […]

Matthew 21:1-9: Your King Comes, Righteous and Having Salvation

“Behold, your king is coming to you, righteous and having salvation.”  Are you ready for your King?  Are you ready for His visit?  Are you prepared for His grand and glorious advent? For that’s what it is: It’s Advent.  It’s not the “holiday season.”   It’s not Black Friday morphing into the pre-Christmas shopping season.  It’s […]

2 Peter 3:8-14: Be spotless, blameless, and at peace with God

This is a confessional address, which is much shorter than a typical sermon.  The service today was a confessional service in preparation to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in His holy Supper.  Following the service was our Altar Guild’s “Hanging of the Greens” ceremony. ————- About 200 years after Jesus’ ascension into heaven, a man […]

Midweek Advent Services Begin

As has been our tradition since we began as a congregation, our midweek Advent services are beginning.  We will have four midweek services on each Wednesday of Advent: On November 30th, December 7th, December 14th, and December 21st. Our services times are 1:00 (the alternate time) and 7:00 PM.  We will use Evening Prayer as […]

The Way of the Donkey: Mark 11:1-10

When fishes flew and forests walked and figs grew upon thorn, some moment when the moon was blood then surely I was born.  With monstrous head and sickening cry and ears like errant wings, the devil’s walking parody on all four-footed things. The tattered outlaw of the earth, of ancient crooked will; starve, scourge, deride […]

Understanding Advent

The call of Advent is a call to slow down.  It is not Christmas–at least not yet.  Advent bids us patience, to slow down our urgent pace, even to trust in the Lord when dark is our road and confusing our path.  Advent is a call, not to push the Lord along, but to wait […]