Category: Pastor Jeff’s Sermons

18
Mar

Jesus as Our Mother Hen with Wings Wide Open

A sermon preached on March 17th, 2019 entitled, “Jesus as Our Mother Hen with Wings Wide Open: These are distressing times we are living in.  Friday’ horrifying news about the 28 year old White Supremacist who opened fire in two different Mosques in Christ Church, New Zealand as children of God had gathered for prayer […]

10
Mar

Paying Attention to the Forks in the Road

A sermon preached on March 10th, 2019 – the first Sunday in Lent – based upon Luke 4:1-13 Fourteen years ago I was fortunate to receive funding to take a three month, clergy renewal Sabbatical.  The central piece to this time involved a trip I made to northern California where I spent four days alone […]

10
Feb

What It Feels Like to Be Human

A sermon preached on February 10th, 2019 based upon Luke 5:1-11. If I were to ask you what it feels like to be a human being there are a whole range of possible ways you could answer.  If we were to ask what this story we just heard says about what it feels like to […]

03
Feb

Why the Hometown Folk Tried to Kill Jesus

A sermon preached February 3rd, 2019 based upon Luke 4:21-30. We all need a “tribe” to belong to – a group of people with whom we feel a sense of connection, of belonging and identification – some shared values and world view.  Otherwise we would be alone in this world, and that would be a […]

27
Jan

Setting the Captives Free

A sermon preached on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 based upon Luke 4:14-21 Last week we took a little side trip into the Gospel of John where the Gospel writer chose as the first story he told about Jesus’ ministry the one in which Jesus turned water into wine.  The author wanted us to get a […]

20
Jan

Ready to Dance

A sermon preached on January 20th, 2019 based upon John 2:1-11 entitled “Ready to Dance.” In the first chapter of the Gospel of John – before the author begins to tell his story – he begins with grand abstract theology taking us back to beginning of time:  “In the beginning was the Word…”  Astonishingly this […]

13
Jan

Living a Baptismal Life and the Wisdom of AA

A sermon preached on January 13th, 2019 – The Baptism of Our Lord Sunday — based upon Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah,  John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but […]

07
Jan

Paying Attention to Your Life

A sermon preached on January 6th, 2019 – Epiphany Sunday – based upon Matthew 2:1-12. Today is Epiphany Sunday, and with it we enter into the season of Epiphany which lasts till Lent.  The season focuses our attention on the revealing of the light of God that once was hidden and it begins with this […]

26
Dec

When Family Drops the Ball

A sermon preached on Christmas Eve, 2018 based upon Luke 2:1-20.  Christmas is a time in our minds deeply associated with family.  Ideally it is a time when families come together and give thanks for the love-light they share, but we know that often complex feelings arise with this coming together – some of which […]

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