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Sermons on Luke

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)

all i want for christmas - joy

All I Want for Christmas – Joy

In our sermon series “All I Want for Christmas” we have been thinking about the gifts that Christ brings us. What would you like for Christmas? I was reminded this week of Gayla Peevey’s song “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” that she recorded at age 10 in 1953. I’ve no idea why anyone would want a hippopotamus, but children have some strange ideas that often make us smile and bring joy to the season. (Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46-55)

I Choose Love: Communities of Forgiveness

I Choose Love: Communities of Forgiveness

What does a community of love and forgiveness look like? One way that love and forgiveness is cultivated in churches is that Christian worship services often have a time to “Pass the Peace.” While I know that you most often here think of it as a time to greet one another, its origins go way back. The Passing of the Peace is much more than a handshake and a smile. (Luke 23:32-43)

death-defying acts - the hope of christmas future

Death-Defying Acts

Is there any hope for Scrooge? Is this what will be, or only what may be? Can the future be changed? When he awoke the next morning, Scrooge was a changed man. He had been given a chance to change his ways. And since Scrooge can be redeemed, so can we! (Revelation 1:4, Luke 4:18-19)

look upon me - the life of Christmas present

Look Upon Me

It is the present moment that counts right now. Our assessment of the present moment might not be the same as our neighbors. We are not completely subjective. When we stand in a different place, we can see things in a different way. The way things look to us may not be the way things look to others. The Spirit of Christmas Past takes Scrooge on a journey to see how things are for others, from where they are standing. (Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Luke 2:6-9)

hope from heartbreak - the remembrance of Christmas past

Hope from Heartbreak

What are some of the earliest memories you have of your life? We moved when I was five years old. I’ve got some memories of before that time. I especially remember walking to the shops and the park up a steep hill. Last time I was in England, we went back and found that hill. (Isaiah 9:2,6, Luke 2:8-14)

bah humbug! making change

Bah Humbug! Making Change

Ebeneezer Scrooge liked money. He worked hard for his money and he hoarded it and vilified the poor. Scrooge thought prosperity was the measure of a Godly life; his mantra was “you reap what you sow.” But Jacob Marley’s ghost returns to tell him that he is sowing the wrong seed and by the end of Dickens’s story, Scrooge is transformed and redeemed. What chains are we forging? (Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:46-47, 52-55)

What if we fail?

What If We Fail?

Jesus can work miracles with 5 loaves and 2 fish. We’ve seen that. We know that. Yet we often fail to claim it for ourselves. Our tendency is to go to “what if” thinking. “What if we fail?” Instead of thinking “What if we succeed?” Erin Hanson wrote a short poem that included this line: “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?” (Luke 9:10-17)