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February 18th (Lent 1): Lenten Preparation

Mark 1:9-15, Psalm 25:1-10, Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”Welcome, all, to the first Sunday of the season of Lent.This penitential season began on Ash WednesdayWith the reminder that we are dust, and to dust we shall return.It […]

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Ash Wednesday Sermon February 14 My prayer closet

Ash WednesdayWednesday, February 14, 2018 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21I want to find the space in my prayer closet this Lent. This is not a cozy place in Lent, but like a time-out chair that really does make you think.  Today’s entry is a day of repentance, where our limitations, cruelties, misplaced loyalties, unhealthy habits, and active apathy are […]

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February 11 Transfiguration Sunday Sermon: For now we see in a mirror, dimly

Transfiguration of our Lord February 11, 20182 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9  Listen now to First Corinthians 13, verse 12: For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.  In the world of Harry Potter, the main character, the young student wizard studying at Hogwarts school for wizards, Harry […]

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Sunday, February 4 Sermon: Singing through our tears

Sunday, February 4, 2018Mark 1:29-39 I returned from my trip to our companion synod just before Thanksgiving, and caught something nasty and insidious.  It was just enough to bother my sinuses, and give me a headache, on top of lingering jet lag.  I came back to work and slogged through the day, only to head to […]

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January 28 Sermon: A new teaching with authority

      Sunday, January 28, 20181 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28Institutions are under fire, and for good reason.  Those holding positions of responsibility are entrusted (hear the word “trust”?) to act on behalf of the public good. Men who hold such positions, like pastors, bishops, those holding elected office, teachers, and celebrities have wrongfully treated women as objects for […]

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Sunday Sermon by Rev. John Spangler: Written Off, Never

Sunday, January 21, 2018 Jonah 3, 1 Corinthians 7 Mark 1.14-20 This sermon was preached by the Rev. John Spangler, of Gettysburg, PA.“Written Off, Never” If Nineveh comes up in polite conversation, with the prophet Jonah, its not about hope or high expectation.     Nineveh was not remembered for its nice neighborhoods. It was not a place […]

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December 17 Advent 3 Meditation: Singing and sighing

Service of Lessons and Carols MeditationDecember 17, 2017      Oh [sighing].O come.O come, o come, Emanuel. Sing with me: O come, O come, Emmanuel,and ransom captive Israel,that mourns in lonely exile heretntil the Son of God appear.Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel shall come to you, O Israel. Emanuel means God with us. This carol, like many, brings Advent longing in Advent praying in […]

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December 10th Sermon: Wake Up! With John the Baptizer

Mark 1:1-8 The first class-wide assembly that all freshmen had to attendAt Drake University began with a segment called:WAKE UP! With Wanda.By the time that this assembly rolled around,All parents and guardians had been kicked off of campus,And students were left to figure outHow to live without parental supervision:Laundry, making friends, getting from point A to […]

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December 3 sermon: Advent is about the Lord’s coming

Sunday, December 3, 2017 First Sunday of AdventIsaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.This beginning, this Advent is a vivid shake it up time. You may think you are going to settle in under the covers but no, they get thrown off before the heat kicks in and you are awakened with a jolt. Good Morning, it’s […]

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November 26 Christ the King Sunday sermon: Little Christs

Sunday, November 26, 2017 Christ the King Sunday Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46      Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all […]

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May 28 Sermon: Where Do We Go From Here?

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