Sermons

January 2022 Sermons

January 16, 2022:  In John’s Gospel Jesus’ first miracle takes place at a wedding reception. There’s a whole lot more party left to go, but they’re already out of wine. No one is sure what to do, but Jesus’ mother has an idea. Join us as we discover how life with Jesus is no longer ordinary.  Rev.David Eardley preaches.

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January 9, 2022: We celebrate the Baptism of the Lord as we reaffirm our baptismal vows. We cherish this story of Jesus when John baptized him, the heavens opened, the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove, and God said, “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” It was the beginning of the ministry of Jesus. In our baptism and reaffirmation, we, too, are named, claimed as God’s beloved and marked to carry the love, joy, peace and hope to all we meet. As our liturgy proclaims, we acknowledge what God has done and is doing for us, as we reaffirm our commitment to Christ’s holy church. Come, remember your baptism, and be thankful! Please have a small bowl of water to remember your baptism and be thankful. Rev. Judy May preaches.

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January 2, 2022:  The first couple of weeks when a child is a newborn are brief and sacred. Many limit who will see the child in these early days of life, to hold tenderly in care the precious child and allow space to grow into the new role as a parent. Yet, Mary and Joseph receive guests, the shepherds, who prophesy and proclaim, “God is faithful!” The shepherds represent the common people, leading ordinary lives yet journeying to praise God and celebrate the birth of Jesus. As we move into a new year, how might you look for the Christ child in the ordinary moments? And how might you glorify God with renewed hope of God among us?   Rev. April Gutierrez preaches.

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December 2021 Sermons

December 26, 2021: It’s the day after Christmas…we are exhausted…will there really be worship, you ask? Of course! It’s Sunday… and it’s Christmastide… and we don’t stop offering our thanksgiving for the gift of the Christ Child the day after receiving it. However, with the lectionary gospel passage from Luke, we find Mary and Joseph searching for the adolescent Jesus, whom they thought was with them as they journeyed back to Nazareth after celebrating Passover in Jerusalem. They expected to find Jesus among their family members and friends, but that was not the case; and upon the discovery, they retraced their steps to find him in the Temple, answering the call of God on his life….beginning to claim his ministry. As we prepare to move into a new year, where will our search for Jesus lead us? Where have we expected to find him, only to discover our search needs to go deeper? Come worship and study at St. Paul’s, as together we find Jesus, and, like Jesus, feel at home in his Father’s house.  Rev. Judy May preaches.

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December 24, 2021: This year we will offer a pre-recorded traditional Christmas Eve service on Facebook. Rev. David Eardley preaches.

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December 23, 2021:  Join us for a joy-filled service for families celebrating the journey of Mary and Joseph searching for a safe place for the birth of Jesus. Featuring posada (meaning “the inn”) play and Mariachi music. Rev. April Gutierrez preaches.

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December 19, 2021: All Music Sunday is always such special worship service at our church. Here we experience the joy of anticipating Jesus’ birth through the wonderful and diverse music ministry within our church. I invite you to be here for a combined worship service in the sanctuary as we draw closer to Bethlehem, closer to Jesus’ birth, through the gift of song and music! Rev. David Eardley preaches.

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December 12, 2021:   “… because Jesus grabbed hold of me.” The Apostle Paul names Jesus’ powerful love for us in these few words. This is a love that reaches out toward the world, even if the world isn’t ready to receive it. This love, this Jesus, captivated the Apostle Paul, and this is the Jesus we’re anticipating as we continue our journey in Advent. Rev. Judy May preaches.

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December 5, 2021:  As the longest day of the year approaches, you may feel the darkness creeping in. In light of the tragic situation in Oxford, the darkness is very real. Jesus knew you’d have difficult times. He also knew that, with God’s help, you can claim joy as we enter the Advent season. Join us this Sunday for a message of hope to buoy your spirits. Rev. Rick Kress preaches.

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