Monthly Archives: December 2013

“Get Up and Go” into 2014

Message Manuscript of “Get Up and Go into 2014”   Matthew 2:13-23 Delivered to Church for the Highlands First Sunday after Christmas, December 29, 2013   What have you done with your Christmas tree?  As I was driving down a street on Christmas Day, I saw a tree already out on the curb, defrocked of […]

“Discovering the Hinge of Christmas” sermon

“Discovering the Hinge of Christmas”    Luke 2:1-20 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Our church has been here long enough now to have developed some Christmas Eve and Christmas time memories.  It is always a great time for us to celebrate together. One Christmas memory I have is from our […]

Where is the Love?

“Where is the Love?”  Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 2013 Where would we be without signs? A state trooper was reminded of their importance. Parked on the side of the road, waiting to catch speeding drivers, a state trooper sees a car puttering along […]

Has Joy Really Been Cancelled?

Message Manuscript for “Finding Joy in Unlikely Places”   Isaiah 35:1-10 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, December 15, 2013 Joy has been cancelled.  It no longer can go out from Joy, Illinois, that is.  Up until this year, the post office of Joy, Illinois has proudly and generously provided a postmark stamp of […]

“U-Turn to Peace” sermon from Sunday

Message Manuscript for “U-Turn to Peace”   Matthew 3:1-12 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, December 8, 2013   The Second Sunday of Advent The news cycle right now is dominated by stories about Nelson Mandela, whose death on Friday at the age of 95 caught the attention around the world.  Even though his […]

“Choosing Bread for Thanksgiving”

Message Manuscript for “Choosing Bread for Thanksgiving” John 6:24-35 Delivered to VOA Holiday Service Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Audio version is here. In case you haven’t noticed, the Christmas season has already begun. I’m not one who tends to get cranky about the commercialism of Christmas or one who believes there is a conspiracy out […]

“Hope is a Verb” from Advent 1A

Message Manuscript for “Hope is a Verb”   Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44 Delivered to Church for the Highlands The First Sunday of Advent, December 1, 2013 Audio version is here. “It’s hopeless.”  “There’s no use even trying anymore.”  “It’s a lost cause.”  “He’s never going to change.”  “I’ll never make it.”  “We can never recover.” […]

How Do We Relate to a King?

Message Manuscript for Christ the King 2013 Sunday Luke 23:33-43 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, November 24, 2013 Audio of this sermon is here. King Henry VIII has always been fascinating to me. I can’t help but think of the most familiar image of him, his obese body crammed into tights, his head […]