Epiphany Season Sermons (2009)
Date: February 22, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany: The Transfiguration Sermon Title: Time for Moving On
Summary: There are times for stopping and taking it all in, and times for moving on. There was much for Peter and James and John to take in as they observed Jesus on the mountain with Moses and Elijah, but it was time for moving on -- there was ministry to do. So too for us, when God blesses with spiritually rich experinces. We can't dwell on the past, but we are called to move on into the future, faithful to Jesus Christ.
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Date: February 15, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Sermon Title: A Dangerous Jesus
Summary: Although some might contend that embracing the Christian faith makes one's life safer, in fact the opposite is true. Jesus is a dangerous influence on a believer's life: he calls the faithful to share the good news, no matter what the risk -- no matter what the danger. God help us to respond faithfully!
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Date: February 8, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Sermon Title: More than a Healing
Summary: Not only did Jesus heal Peter's mother-in-law. He restored her to her proper place in life. And so, as the church which takes his name, we too are called to engage in healing ministries that not only heal the body, but that also offer restoration and renewal to those who are made well.
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Date: February 1, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Sermon Title: The Healing Power
Summary: Reflecting on the healing power of Jesus, as seen in the synagogue on the day when he cast demons out of a man who had beeen possessed, we are reminded that God continues to visit healing power today -- often through the gathered community, as it reaches out in love and care to be the embodyment of Christ's love for one another.
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Date: January 25, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Third Sunday after the Epiphany (The Conversion of Saint Paul) Sermon Title: Transformed for Ministry
Summary: Jesus breaks into Saul's life, and transforms him from being the church's greatest opponent, to being the church's greatest promoter. God desires to change us as well, and gift us for ministry. What, in our life, cries out for God's transforming power?
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Date: January 18, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday after the Epiphany Sermon Title: Unity in Christ
Summary: Jesus declares that the confession of Saint Peter will be the rock on which the church is built. Peter's proclamation that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of the living God, is what unites us as a church. In our day, we focus far too much on matters of theology and practice that distinguish us from one another. The church would be better served -- and so would Christ! -- if we focused on what unites us: the saving grace of God that we know in Jesus Christ.
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