Advent and Christmas Sermons (2006-2007)

Date: December 31, 2006 Liturgical Day: The First Sunday after Christmas Sermon Title: Great Question!

Summary: In this sermon, Pastor Dave reflects on the 12-year old Jesus who sat in the Temple, asking questions of the elders, and encourages us to take our own faith questions seriously. That is an important component in growing a strong and healthy faith.

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Date: December 25, 2006 Liturgical Day: The Nativity of Our Lord; Christmas Day Sermon Title:  Grace and Peace    Summary:  In this sermon, Pastor Dave speaks of the grace and peace that God wants us to have - and to share with the world.

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Date: December 24, 2006 Liturgical Day: The Nativity of Our Lord; Christmas Eve Sermon Title: The People in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light

Summary:  In this sermon, Pastor Dave speaks of the darkness that is part of this life - and of the light of Christ which is able to push back that darkness, allowing us to live with courage and peace and joy.

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Service: The Fourth Sunday in Advent Date: December 24, 2006 Sermon Title: Forgiveness, Meaning and Power

Summary:  In this sermon, Pastor Dave compares the sense of anticipation that a child has while waiting for Christmas Eve with the anticipation into which the season of Advent invites. We anticipate Christmas with joy because we know that God's gifts are real: the gifst of forgiveness, meaning and power.

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Date: December 17, 2006 Liturgical Day: The Third Sunday in Advent Sermon Title: A Vision for a New World

Summary:  In this sermon, Pastor Dave imagines what St. John the Baptizer's vision for the world was like, and how that must have been especially attractive to those who went out to hear him preach.

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Date: December 10, 2006 Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday in Advent Sermon Title: Repentance - New Direction

Summary:  In this sermon, Pastor Dave talks about how important it is for us to experience repentance and renewal, if we want to know the fullest measure of God's grace. "Cheap grace" (a la Bonheoffer) gets us nowhere. But grace that springs out of repentance can transform our lives. Warning to Viking fans: significant Vince Lombardi / Green Bay Packer material in this sermon -- be forewarned.

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Date: December 3, 2006 Liturgical Day: The First Sunday in Advent Sermon Title: The Season of Advent

Summary:  In this sermon, Pastor Dave suggests that honoring Advent, the three-dimensional approach to waiting and watching for Christ, can guard us from experiencing "Hollow Time" and allow the Christmas season to be, for us, "Holy Time."

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