Mini-Sermon

Mini Sermon #32

Sermon Lesson (Joseph): Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Mary): Luke 1:46-55 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 (NRSV) A Companion Video Sermon will be part of this coming week’s Zoom Communion Service (Dec. 6, 2020) Other Referenced Bible Reading: Matthew 1:1-17 (NRSV) A Little on Mary and Joseph Mary and Joseph are beloved figures in the Christmas Story.  The Virgin Mary, as she is often called, is the mother of Jesus Christ.  Joseph’s place in the story is…

Mini-Sermon #31

Sermon Lesson (Zechariah): Luke 1:8-20 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Elizabeth): Luke 1:39-45 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 64:1-9 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (NRSV) Companion Video Sermon: “Elizabeth & Zechariah“ (Nov. 29, 2020) Referenced Bible Passage: Genesis 18 (NRSV)Referenced Video Sermon: “The Three Angels” (June 14, 2020) Parson’s Note: The Characters of Christmas Since becoming a minister (not too long ago), I have stayed pretty much on task with the Lectionary.  There has been the odd Sunday when I have wanted to give you…

Mini Sermon #30 (and Thanksgiving Message)

Special Sermon Lesson: Luke 17:11-19 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 100 (NRSV) Today I have chosen to break from the lectionary.  The reason is not only because it is “Thanksgiving Sunday,” an unofficial designation we in America give to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, although that is certainly part of it.  The main reason, however, is that due to the pandemic we at Florence Congregational have had to close our doors until such a time when we feel confident that we can reasonably ensure…

Mini Sermon #29

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 25:31-46 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Ephesians 1:15-23 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 100 (NRSV) (or, in the King James Version) Referenced Bible Passages: Genesis 1:26 (NRSV) What is the Christ the King Sunday? I always have difficulty with “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday.  First off, it doesn’t happen every year (at least in America), so it’s never really been fixed in my brain as something to look forward to (or at…

Mini Sermon #28

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 25:14-20 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Judges 4:1-7 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 123 (NRSV) My dad, when I was growing up, had this annoying habit of sing-songing, “if you never use it… you will surely lose it … you’ve got a talent, use it for the Lord!”  He would sing it when I didn’t practice my clarinet.  He would remind me with the song that I had a debate team tournament coming up.  My…

Mini Sermon #27

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 25:1-13 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 78:1-7 (NRSV) (or, in King James Version) Referenced Bible Lesson: Matthew 22:36-40 (NRSV) Once again, with this particular parable, we step into the world of first century Palestine, the world of the historical Jesus.  I want to stress before we begin that this is a scenario that easily could have happened in Jesus’s time in any Galilean (or, indeed, Palestinian) village. Many modern readers think of it…

Mini Sermon #26 (or, the Original Guide to Becoming a Saint)

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 5:1-12 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 34:1-10 (NRSV) (or King James Version) Today we’re rewinding a bit although we remain in the Gospels.  We go back to the beginning of Jesus’s ministry … before the Pharisees attempted to trap him, before hordes of people wanted to just try to touch him in hopes of some of his blessedness falling upon wretched hands, before Jesus even had much of a name (if any) for himself.…

Mini Sermon #25

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 22:41-46 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 22:34-46 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 (NRSV) (KJV) Today, as we look at Jesus’s ministry, we look at the question of the Messiah. Now, the term Messiah has become a bit warped in the modern Christian consciousness.  It’s original meaning from Hebrew culture over two thousand years ago has been pinpointed by Christians and early church leaders onto a specific individual, and then has evolved as…

Mini Sermon #24

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 22:15-22 (NRSV)Epistle Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 99 (NRSV) (KJV) This week we continue with the Gospel of Matthew, but we don’t quite have a parable.  We do, however, have a teaching from Christ. Before we turn to the rather famous “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” and what caused Jesus to utter these words, we are presented with a verbal confrontation the Pharisees have with Jesus. I have often remarked that to understand the parables,…

Mini Sermon #23

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 22:1-14 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Philippians 4:1-9 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 (NRSV) (KJV) This is the parable of a wedding–and let’s be honest, everyone loves a wedding. Speaking from experience, I know that weddings can get pretty ugly, pretty quickly (at least in the planning stages). Although I have yet to be a bride, I’ve been a flower girl, a bridesmaid, an impromptu maid-of-honor, and a groomsmaid (for those of you who are fortunate enough not to…