Monthly Archives: December 2014

Sermon from 11/30

The Rev. Randy Knutson
1 Advent B Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

I have heard so many sermons begin with those words; I can not tell you the number. But it is only with my new Study Bible that I now understand with these words, Paul was not just creating a very poetic way to begin his letters. He was using two greetings to speak to the two worlds he was ministering and writing to. “Grace” was a Greek term, a greeting to the many Gentile followers of Christ, reading or hearing his letters, including today’s lesson from 1st Corinthians. “Peace” or “Shalom” is a Hebrew greeting that is still used and means more than stillness or lack of conflict in your life and world, but also a sense of completion, of wholeness. So I can think of no more appropriate greeting to you on this first Sunday of Advent than ‘Grace and Peace to you’: greetings in the midst of the two worlds we now inhabit: Advent, with the call to watch, wait and hope and the constant societal and commercial reminders that Christmas is only days away. I am very glad that Bishop David Rice and Mother Elaine have begun our journey into the new church year pointing out the value, the importance of observing Advent as an time of thoughtful waiting and preparation. Their words ring true!
Welcome also to this new church year! With Advent, we begin a new year of readings, focusing our attention on the Gospel of Mark, mostly.
I say, mostly, because Mark is the oldest, shortest and most terse, to the point Gospel of the four in the canon. We will be reading from Mark, but when the passages are not enough to fill out all the Sunday’s of Advent, Epiphany or Lent, expect Gospels from Luke or John to also be part of this new year. Mark is short enough that there are at least two traveling speakers who go about the country dramatically portraying the Gospel of Mark, reciting it from memory. I know Mother Elaine has mentioned a Lenten practice of people meeting and reading this Gospel aloud together, each taking a section. Doing this takes little more than two hours.
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Sermon from 11/23

Andee Zetterbaum
The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 29
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.11.23 AZ

Sermon from 11/16

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 28
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.11.16 EHB

Once upon a time, there was a little boy in kindergarten who loved art. When it was time to draw, the teacher always said, “Draw from your imagination!” And he did, using all kinds of colors and images. When it was time to work with clay, he loved making lots of little snakes of different sizes and colors.
One day his teacher went away and a new teacher took her place. Soon it was time for art class and out came the paper and colors. He started drawing and coloring right away because his head was filled with images.
“Wait.” said the teacher in a loud voice. “I will show you what to draw and I want you to use only two colors.” And so she drew a red flower with a green stalk. “Draw it like this.” she said “You may begin.” A little later out came the clay. “Oh, good!” thought the boy and he started to make a snake. “Wait.” said the teacher. “We are making this today.” And she showed them how to make a little bowl. And so the boy learned to copy his teacher’s work.
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