Pentecost 4 – June 20, 2021

“Good News Out of a Storm” – Job 38:1-11   Introduction: The story of Job The Book of Job is a 42-chapter long story of one man – Job. In the various types of literature in the Bible, it is unique in that way… focused on one man rather than on the entire community and/or history […]

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Pentecost 3 – June 13, 2021

“God Does Whatever He Wants” – Ezekiel 17:22-24   Introduction – Two trees Have you ever seen an apple tree in late spring? Its leaves are that bright and lush green. Its branches look vibrant and full. The apple blossoms may already have fallen off, only to be replaced by the first promise of little […]

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Pentecost 2 – June 6, 2021

“A Garden Curse Undone” – Genesis 3:8-15   Introduction – the Church Year Let me begin by telling you, maybe reminding some of you, about what we call our Church Year. It’s different from our calendar year. We start the Church Year about a month before Christmas with the season of Advent that prepares us […]

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Holy Trinity Sunday – May 30, 2021

“Mystery Leads to Majesty” – John 3:1-17   Introduction: Unraveled mysteries Sometimes our perspective limits our ability to perceive things as they are. That leaves a lot of things as rather mysterious. Sometimes discoveries free us to perceive things as they are, to understand, and to conclude “Of course, that’s the way things are.” Before […]

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Pentecost Sunday – May 23, 2021

“Music for the Dance” – John 15/16   1. Literary comparisons to Jesus Various authors have described the life, death and resurrection of Jesus using unique comparisons. For instance, in his Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis used the killing of the lion, Aslan, on the Stone Table at the hands of the White Witch, […]

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