Sermons from December 2016

Joy to the World: A Christmas Day Meditation

The little boy had been waiting forever. He couldn’t quite imagine what was coming as his mom kept getting bigger and bigger and his dad and mom moved new furniture into the spare room. “You’re going to have a baby brother,” they regularly reminded him. “You’re going to be a great big brother,” they affirmed. […]

Christmas Eve Meditation – The Light of the World

When I was seven years old, I thought that Christmas wouldn’t come. You see all my life, we had spent Christmas Eve at home, and every year on Christmas morning, we would be greeted with presents under the tree. But this year would be different. We would be heading to Los Angeles to spend Christmas […]

Mothers and Sons

Luke 1:46-55 Matthew 11:2-11 In the rabbinical tradition, there is a type of literature known as “midrash.” As they read scripture, the rabbis recognized that holy words create as many questions as answers and leave much unsaid. They believed that scripture was a living document, sacred yet evolving over time to respond to new situations […]

An Impossible Possibility – Advent 2

Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 Advent is the season of impossible possibilities. It is the season of waiting for something beyond belief. Something we cannot imagine, but whose coming will change everything. The hope for a miracle to transform our world is still alive just as it was in the days when Caesar Augustus ruled, and […]