A Sermon based upon Matthew 5:20-26 This is the Sunday of our Annual Congregational Meeting – something that has happened here in Alpena for 157 years … and has been going on in America since the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 – that’s 400 years ago, come next year! WOW. What we are doing here today – (1) receiving reports on the “state of our church”, (2) electing our officers, and (3) setting our budget for the New Year – are the basis for what were called “Town
A sermon based upon Luke 4:14-32 According to the Gospel of Luke: after his baptism and brief sojourn in the wilderness, Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and “a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding region”. (Luke 4:14) In other words, he got a reputation. There was a “buzz” about Jesus; he had become, in very short order, “the talk of the town”. At this point in Luke’s telling of the story, Jesus had not yet called any disciples
(a sermon based upon Luke 2:39-52 & 3:21-23 Among the many chapters that speak of Jesus’ life in the four Gospels in our Bible, we have only one small glimpse into Jesus’ childhood. Luke lets us see what Jesus was like at age 12… when he created anxiety for his Mom & Dad by becoming separated from them as they visited the big City of Jerusalem. Now, before we go into that aspect of Jesus’ lifestory, let’s be honest: what were YOU like when you were twelve? It’s not an easy
A Sermon based upon Isaiah 40-1-11;27-31 Happy New Year, one and all! May this be the Lord’s year in Alpena. May we see a few new signs that the promises and visions of the prophets of old are being fulfilled… especially those of the prophet Isaiah, from whom we heard in this morning’s two Scripture readings. Some sentences of chapter 40 simply leap off the page with familiarity, especially during Christmas-tide and Epiphany. “Comfort, comfort ye my people, says your God.