Recent Sermons

“Rejoice!”

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses…

“Hark!”

“But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. “Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will…

“The Widow’s Might!”

  As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!  They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They…

“Humility Trumps All”

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than…

“Eating With a Beggar”

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable.  “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do…

“God’s Reign is Here”

  He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and…

“God Goes With Us”

  Fifteen years ago, when Rebecca Jordon and I came to Littleton, that was the title of my first sermon. (Not my “Call Sermon” but my first sermon after being called as your pastor.) Today’s scripture reading is the reading from that Sunday. It was mid-October 2002. “God Goes With Us,” that’s what I heard…

“Sharing the Load”

“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,   ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’;  the Son…

“What’s in a Name?”

  The same night [Jacob] got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.  He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had.  Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.  When the man saw that…

“Who Has Your Heart?”

Today is Pentecost Sunday – symbolized with the color red, with fire, proclaiming the power of the Holy Spirit.  Rather than read the somewhat lengthy scripture passage traditionally associated with this Sunday, I want to offer a quick Pentecost primer:  During this Jewish feast, celebrated fifty days after Passover, pilgrims came to Jerusalem from all…