Sermons from December 2019

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Christmas Eve: December 24, 2019


Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-14 Welcome to St. Paul’s on this most holy night, as we recall one of the central stories of our faith, mixed together with the stories of our own lives, and contemplate what those stories might mean for us as we approach a new year. As I think about Christmas, stories come […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent: December 22, 2019


Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25 Did you dream last night? Last week, with Jane’s excellent sermon on The Magnificat, we got Mary’s side of the journey to the birth of Christ the lens of the gospel of Luke. In Luke’s version of things, the angel Gabriel appears first to Zechariah, the […]

The Second Sunday of Advent: December 8, 2019


Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12 Here we are in the second week of Advent, and just as happens every year, John the Baptist comes on the scene. John and his prophetic words are this week’s theme: From last week’s words from Jesus himself about his second coming we move backwards chronologically […]

The First Sunday of Advent: December 1, 2019


Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44 We have now passed Thanksgiving, and so begin our headlong rush toward Christmas. For me, it always feels like a frenzy! As a child I remember December being the longest month; all of the anticipation of Christmas made it endless! But as I have grown older, it […]