Christ Church Sermons from November 2019

Christ Church Sermons from November 2019

Thanksgiving Day: Reasons for the Season

There are countless reasons for giving thanks on Thanksgiving Day. The Apostle Paul, however, only lists six in our passage from his letter to the Colossians. In each one, though, we see how God’s presence has caused a difference in the living of our lives; real reasons for this season. I only preach on two of these. So, this sermon is considerably shorter than most, and is yet another reason for thankfulness.

No Place

What would Utopia look like to you? Would it be a place of endless recreation, or learning, or perhaps, simply a place where everyone gets along and everybody cares about every other persons’ happiness? There are as many ideas of Utopia as there are human beings to imagine it. The Prophet Isaiah lays out a vision for Utopia this morning, but in this case it’s not his vision, but God’s vision. As such, this vision has real power to heal…

A Different Message

Should a church be first about building a building, or should its first concern be ministry for the needy? This question is often asked of congregations, and even by congregations; especially when money is being sought to build or maintain a building. But this question creates a false dichotomy. The Bible does not call us to make a choice between these two ideals. As the Prophet Haggai makes clear, both things are required. Serving God by building a place for…

All Saints: Lamplighting!

It’s All Saints Sunday, and today we celebrate the lives of the saints; all those who have lived life with love, and now live in peace and joy with God. But, that’s not all there is to this day of celebration. Today we also recognize that we are the saints now, in training. That training is all about learning to do one thing: spreading light, being light, in a darkened world.