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Sermons on Pentecost

November 21, 2021 Reign of Christ Sunday “Where is Jesus the King?”

FIRST READING              Daniel 7:9-10,13-14 To the community for whom this passage was written, it seemed as though the oppression they were experiencing would never end. Daniel’s message is: It shall end. The Ancient One, who is judge, will call all nations to account and will give dominion to “one like a human being,” the Messiah. 9 As I watched, thrones…

November 14, 2021 Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost “Stay the Course”

FIRST READING         Daniel 12:1-3 The book of Daniel is an example of apocalyptic literature, which is full of strange visions and symbolism. Arising during times of great persecution, apocalyptic literature is concerned with God’s revelation about the end time and the coming kingdom of God, when God will vindicate the righteous who have been persecuted. 1“At that time Michael, the great prince,…

October 24, 2021 Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost “The Blind Shall See”

FIRST READING         Jeremiah 31:7-9     This passage speaks not only of the southern kingdom, Judah, and its homecoming from exile in Babylon, but also of the northern kingdom (“Israel” or “Ephraim”) and its restoration. The northern tribes of Israel had been lost in exile to Assyria more than a century before Jeremiah prophesied. 7For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness…

October 17, 2021 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost “Calling Shotgun”

FIRST READING             Isaiah 53:4-12 This reading is from the last of four passages in Isaiah that are often called “servant songs.” Christians are probably most familiar with this servant song. In light of Christian faith, the servant’s healing ministry and redemptive suffering are understood to be fulfilled in the life and death of Christ. 4Surely he has borne our infirmities and…

September 26, 2021 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Wandering, With A Purpose”

FIRST READING           Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 What constitutes legitimate need and legitimate leadership is the focus of this reading. God provides manna in the wilderness, yet the people crave meat. What is truly needful? God bestows the spirit on seventy elders, yet two men not designated as leaders prophesy in the power of God’s spirit. What constitutes real leadership? 4The rabble…

September 19, 2021 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost “What Is Life Worth?”

FIRST READING          Jeremiah 11:18-20 Today’s reading tells of the suffering of the prophet Jeremiah, who announced God’s word to Judah but was met with intense opposition and persecution. Jeremiah continues to trust in God in the midst of his suffering. 18It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. 19But I was like…