Sermons from December 2017

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Christmas Eve: December 24, 2017


Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-14  Good evening and Merry Christmas! Welcome to St. Paul’s on this most wonderful night. I love the audaciousness of this late service on Christmas Eve, when we come out in the cold and dark to celebrate the in-breaking of light in the birth of Christ. And I have gained a much […]

The Second Sunday of Advent (Advent 2B): December 10, 2017


Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 This morning I am particularly struck by the words from Isaiah – you know why, of course – they remind me of Handel’s Messiah. For any of us who have sung all or part of Messiah – or who have heard it sung countless times […]

The First Sunday of Advent (Advent 1B): December 3, 2017


Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 Good morning, and Happy New Year! Today, the first Sunday of Advent, marks the beginning of the new Christian year. As a kid, this time in the days of December had a very different feel. It didn’t feel as much like a beginning as a […]