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Sermons on Luke

now is the moment

Now is the Moment

Simeon has been waiting for a Savoir for a long time, and when Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the Temple, and as he holds the baby, he sees something special there. The words Simeon uses to praise God, we know today as the Nunc Dimittis. In the original Greek, the song begins with an emphatic ‘now.’ (Luke 2:21-52)

rise up & follow

Rise Up & Follow

The shepherds were visited by angels, with an amazing and holy message about the good and joyful news of our Savior’s birth and they responded by rising up and going to Bethlehem to see the newborn baby. Clearly something was happening, and the shepherds recognized this and responded. How are we going to respond to Christ this Christmas? Are we going to rise up & follow him? (Luke 2:1-20)

great expectations

Great Expectations

I wonder what it was like for Zechariah to be unable to speak for nine months. What must it have felt like? He has had plenty of time and solitude to contemplate. He has had gestational time. What has God birthed in him? Has his heart mended? Is his faith deeply restored? What renewal has he experienced? (Luke 1:57-80)

journeying together

Journeying Together

When our lives enter uncharted territory, it is always good to have a mentor to go to; someone who is on a similar journey but ahead of us, who can give us some advice. Someone who can see things that we do not always notice ourselves. (Luke 1:39-45, 56)

holy disruptions

Holy Disruptions

An angel appears to Mary surprising her and disrupting her day. When God calls, sometimes, what you are asked to do is risky. Has God ever interrupted your day? An angel is a messenger of God. We have all heard tales of supernatural encounters. But sometimes, angels are real people, a stranger or a friend. God uses different ways to nudge us and bring about a holy disruption. (Luke 1:26-38)

waiting in the silence

Waiting in the Silence

The weeks leading up to Christmas are busy and noisy times. Every shop is playing Christmas carols in a continuous loop. Retailers are ramping up their advertisements enticing us to spend more and more. We are bombarded with invitations for Christmas concerts, plays, parties, dinners etc. and are calendars are over-full with clashing engagements. Our…

making all things new

Making All Things New

Gratitude awakes us to a new sense of who we are individually and in community. It gives us a new story; we are all beneficiaries and in turn we are all benefactors to each other. Gratitude calls us to sit together and imagine the world as a table of hospitality. Gratitude makes all things new. (Luke 19:1-10, Colossians 2:6-7)

saying thank you

Saying Thank You

The emotions of gratitude sneak up on us as an unplanned response. But what happens if you are the one who is not overwhelmed with gratefulness. How do we experience gratitude when our feelings are elusive? Perhaps the answer lies in defining gratitude as not just what we feel, but also as what we say and do. Then those actions and habits and practices of gratefulness can begin to change us. (Psalm 95:1-2, Luke 17:11-19)

all i want for christmas - presence

All I Want for Christmas – Presence

Tonight, we heard the story of the birth of Jesus, read from the gospel of Luke, telling us of our amazing God who came in flesh and blood to be with us. Jesus came to be “Emmanuel” – God-with-us. God who is flesh and blood. God who is here in our neighborhood. Jesus came 2000 years ago, not to a perfect world but to a world that was a mess. He came as the prophets had been promising. God does not leave us alone with our messed-up lives. (Luke 2:1-20)