Sermons by Rev. Ashley Updegraff

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July 19, 2020 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost “Joy-Full”

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FIRST READING         Isaiah 55:10-13 10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,  and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout,  giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;   it shall not return to […]

June 21, 2020 Third Sunday after Pentecost “Losses and Gains”

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FIRST READING           Jeremiah 20:7-13 Jeremiah accuses God of forcing him into a ministry that only brings him contempt and persecution. Yet Jeremiah is confident that God will be a strong protector against his enemies and commits his life into God’s hands.. 7 O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered […]

May 31, 2020 Day of Pentecost “Spirit-Filled”

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FIRST READING       Acts  2:1-21 Pentecost was a Jewish harvest festival that marked the fiftieth day after Passover. Luke portrays the Holy Spirit being poured out upon the disciples before the gathered and astonished people assembled in Jerusalem for the festival. Filled with the Spirit, the disciples were able to witness to the power of Christ’s resurrection. […]

March 29, 2020 Fifth Sunday in Lent “Breathe”

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FIRST READING     Ezekiel  37:1-14 Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones is a promise that Israel as a nation, though dead in exile, will live again in their land through God’s life-giving spirit. Three times Israel is assured that through this vision they will know that “I am the Lord.” 1 The hand of the […]

March 22, 2020 Fourth Sunday in Lent “Knowledge is Power”

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Today’s service was online only – you can watch on Facebook here! Here’s the bulletin: https://holynativity.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/BULLETIN-March-22-2020.pdf FIRST READING      1st Samuel 16:1-13 1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the […]