Sermons by Rev. Dr. Vern Swett

“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…

“Easter in Daily Life”

  There’s a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. It includes the line “Easter in us…” It’s really a prayer. The word “Easter” which is normally a noun is used as a verb. Easter in us. Let Easter get into us. Let Easter come alive where we live. Let it permeate our souls. It sounds strange,…

“Resurrection Hope”

    When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will…

“When Death Leads to Life”

  Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks.  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.  Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son…

Living Water for Dehydrated Souls

      So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.     A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to…

Temptation and Your Baptismal Identity

     Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”  But he answered, “It is…

Glimpses of Glory

  Six days later, three of them saw that glory. Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. Then they realized that Moses and Elijah…

Anger, Reconciliation and God

A couple of weeks ago Nik Bates-Haus sent me an email. He’s out of the country on a business trip so he’s not here today but before he left he gave me permission to share it with you. Here’s some of what Nik wrote. “I see lots of people struggling with hatred and fear and…

Happiness…Where Does it Come From?

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.  Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  “Blessed are the meek,…

Come and See

Scripture:  John 1:35-42 Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”  The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.  When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them,…