The Sabbath of Waiting (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this afternoon, at a "Holy Saturday Healing Service." The texts I used were Ezekiel 37:1-14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; and Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11. A man went to his doctor because of an unusual ache, and she ordered a test to see if it might be cancer. The doctor … Continue reading The Sabbath of Waiting (Sermon)

Waiting in the Darkness

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent. The gospel reading was Luke 21:25-36. I must confess: this sermon drew a lot from a sermon by Frederick Buechner entitled "Waiting," found in his book Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons. I hope I haven't breached … Continue reading Waiting in the Darkness

Tear open the skies, and come!

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday of Advent. The text I preached on was Isaiah 64:1-7.  The movie It’s a Wonderful Life is the story of George Bailey, a man who spends his life taking care of people in the town of Bedford Falls. He runs … Continue reading Tear open the skies, and come!

An Advent Hymn

The season of Advent begins in the church in just a few days. Advent is a time of waiting. During Advent, we are invited to wait for three things: We wait for Jesus to arrive in Bethlehem at Christmas. We wait for Jesus to return and claim his kingdom. We wait for Jesus to come … Continue reading An Advent Hymn

Wait Like a Farmer

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids.  I’d like to tell you today about Robert. Robert was a very active member of a congregation I served. Still is, I’m sure. I remember him as a quiet, thoughtful man. … Continue reading Wait Like a Farmer