Sermons on Hope

Sermons on Hope

And Justice For All

Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Luke 21:5-19 5When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6“As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” 7They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” 8And he said, “Beware…

Hope In the Midst of Life

Seventh Sunday of Easter Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings First Lesson: Acts 16:16-34 16One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” 18She kept doing this for…

Our Relationship With Justice

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Luke 6:17-26 17He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19And all in the crowd were trying…

Seeing God

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost Go to Start of Sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Mark 10:46-52 46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly,…

Making Way for New Things

Second Sunday after Pentecost Sermon starts at 14:42 in the recording Service Booklet All Readings Gospel: Mark 3:20-35 20and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ 23And he called them to him, and spoke…

God’s Resolution for You

Second Sunday After Christmas Sermon starts at 22:40 in the recording All Readings Service Booklet Gospel: Luke 2:41-52 41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day’s…

We Are Not in Control

First Sunday in Advent Sermon starts at 21:30 and Virtual Choir at 41:55 in the recording Direct Link to the Virtual Choir Recording: Veni, Veni Emmanuel All Readings Service Booklet Gospel: Mark 13:24-37 24“But in those days, after that suffering,  the sun will be darkened,       and the moon will not give its light,25and the stars will be falling from heaven,       and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26Then they will see ‘the Son of Man…

The Election of the Heart

The Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost Sermon starts at 15:00 in the recording All Readings Service Booklet Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 1‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at…

The Community of God

Twenty Second Sunday After Pentecost All Saints’ Day Sermon starts at 22:10 in the recording All Readings Service Booklet Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit…

Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost All Readings Service Booklet Afterthoughts In the Romans 8 passage from this past Sunday, there is a phrase in there that I come back to regularly, especially when I find myself in the midst of something difficult. The phrase from Paul is: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. ” Romans 8:18 Now Paul knew suffering and the people he was writing to knew suffering.…