Sermons from December 2019

Sermons from December 2019

An orderly account

In the days of King Herod of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years. Once when he was serving as priest before God and his…
holly with berries

A Variation on the Fir tree

A variation on the Fir Tree (by Hans Christian Andersen) Years ago (in the 1840’s), the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen told a story about a Fir-Tree; an evergreen. Whether it was a Fraser fir, a cedar, blue spruce or another variation, I don’t know- nor is it important (to me.) What is important is that this story was re-told and re-enacted by my family over many years of the 20th century. It is a story that, frankly, given the…

a welcome, welcome home!

In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia so that he sent a herald throughout all his kingdom, and also in a written edict declared: “Thus says King Cyrus of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to…

Light the Candle

“Look, the days are coming, said the Lord, when I will fulfill the good word that I spoke concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous shoot flourish for David, and he shall do justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah shall be rescued and Jerusalem shall dwell secure, and this is what he shall be called: The-Lord-Is-Our-Righteousness.” Jeremiah 33:14-18 Yesterday my daughter…