Sermons from December 2016

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Christmas Eve: December 24, 2016


Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-14 Welcome to St. Paul’s Church on this most holy night. Aren’t you glad it’s Christmas? I like so many of you, love this season. I love the lights, the focus on joy and love, the gift-giving… Well, the gift-giving gives me a little anxiety, as I try to get just the […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent: December 18, 2016


Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25 How are your Christmas preparations going? Are you eagerly looking forward to the holiday (exactly one week away!), or are you dreading it? I imagine it is probably a little bit of both. There is no time of the year more laden with subtext of both […]

The Third Sunday of Advent: December 11, 2016


Isaiah 35:1-10; Canticle 15 (The Magnificat); James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11 If you are a reader of The New York Times, perhaps you remember a story from a few years back about Dasani, the twelve year-old girl profiled as the “Invisible Child.” This moving five-part story pulled us into the lives of Dasani, her mother and […]

The Second Sunday of Advent: December 4, 2016


Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12 From 1921 until his death in 1968 the great Swiss theologian Karl Barth hung over his desk a copy of this painting by the German Renaissance painter Matthias Grunewald. Barth said it shows John “with his hand pointing (to Jesus) in an almost impossible way.”[i] John […]