Sermons on Hope

Nov 21, 2021, My Church Waits

Daniel 7:13-14 13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven    there came one like a son of man,and he came to the Ancient of Days    and was presented before him.14 And to him was given dominion    and glory and a kingdom,that all peoples, nations, and languages    should serve him;his dominion is an everlasting dominion,    which shall not pass away,and his kingdom one    that shall not be destroyed. Jude 20-25 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves…

Nov 7, 2021, My Church through the Decades

Matthew 5:1-12 5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth 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 shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart,…

Aug 15, 2021 Better Together: The Beauty of Lament

Psalm 22:1-31 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,    and by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are holy,    enthroned on the praises of Israel.4 In you our fathers trusted;    they trusted, and you delivered them.5 To you they cried and were rescued;    in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 6 But I am a worm and not a man,    scorned by mankind and despised by the…

Aug 8, 2021 Better Together: Crying Out to God

EXODUS 2:23-25, 3:7-10 God Hears Israel’s Groaning 23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew. ——– 7 Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters.…

Aug 1, 2021 Summer at the Movies: God’s Inclusive Community

Luke 14:12-24 12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” The Parable of the…

January 3, 2021 Binge the Bible :Pentateuch

DEUTERONOMY 5:6-21 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “‘You shall have no other gods before me. “‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God,…

Dec 20, 2020 Christmas at the Movies: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Luke 2:1-14 The Birth of Jesus Christ In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time…

Christmas at the Movies: The Polar Express

Isaiah 9:1-7 9 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked in darkness    have seen a great light;those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,    on them has light shone.3 You have multiplied the nation;    you have increased its joy;they rejoice before…

Christmas at the Movies: Miracle on 34th Street

First Sunday in Advent Isa 64:1-9  Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,    that the mountains might quake at your presence—2 as when fire kindles brushwood    and the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to your adversaries,    and that the nations might tremble at your presence!3 When you did awesome things that we did not look for,    you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.4 From of old no one has heard    or perceived by the ear,no eye has seen a…