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First Sunday after Christmas Day – Jessica Chambers

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52
Now that the excitement over good food, presents, and family is ebbing the world can forget about Christmas and move on to celebrating the New Year. For Christians, however, our calendar already turned with the beginning of Advent, and we cannot so easily forget Christmas and [...]



A Terrifying Gospel – Ben Wayman

Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
An older friend recently commented to me that it’s a blessing to have time to prepare for your death.  This morning I would like to suggest that Advent season is a time to prepare for our death.  This may sound a bit darker than the kind of sermon [...]



Do You See What I See? – Brian Hartley

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
I can take trains or leave them.  While I enjoy traveling by train because of the space it provides and the leisure for reading, I can’t really claim to be a train aficionado.  Because of my mechanical retardation, I have never really taken to getting down on [...]



The Jesus of Advent in our “Ordinary” Days – Teresa Holden

Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
A curious by-product of being someone who does historical research is that one becomes very well-acquainted with dead people.  In fact, I can honestly say that there are some dead people whom I know more intimately than I know some of you living, breathing people who are [...]