The Words of the Law

Nehemiah 7:73b-8: 10 (NRSV) In the year 587, before the common era, Judah, the southern kingdom of the nation of Israel, was laid to waste by King Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian army. The capital city of Jerusalem was utterly destroyed and a large portion of the...

Weather Cancellation

“Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock.” — Matthew...

Baptism and the Holy Spirit

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 and Acts 8:14-17 A Sermon by Barbara Papagian Today is the first Sunday after Epiphany, the day of Jesus’ Baptism. I am picturing all the people gathered at the river, listening to John the Baptist, thinking that they might be listening to the...

Ecclesiastical Council

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the...

The Light and the Darkness

John 1:1-18 (NRSV) Can you remember the first time you became aware of being afraid of the dark? It’s always a little dangerous for a preacher to ask a question like that. I run the risk of sending you off into long forgotten memories of childhood, and never getting...