Mini-Sermon

Mini Sermon #38

Sermon Lesson: John 1:43-51 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson (full): 1 Samuel 3:1-20 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 139 (NRSV) Today, one week since the beginning of Epiphany, we move to Jesus’s early ministry, specifically as recounted in the Gospel of John. We are fortunate in that we don’t have to break down one of Jesus’s parables (as in months past) as no one is speaking in riddles—at least not to each other. In this short passage Jesus meets one of his first followers, and…

Mini Sermon #37

Sermon Lesson: Acts 19:1-7 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 29 (NRSV) I have always viewed the Apostle Paul one of the more controversial figures of Early Christian History.  It isn’t so much his origins – a Jewish man who was born with the privilege of Roman citizenship, Saul then persecuted Christians as traitors of Rome before he, himself, converted upon the Road to Damascus.  It isn’t his religious zeal and his rigorous beliefs, though sometimes they can make…

Mini Sermon #36

Sermon Lesson: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 (NRSV)New Testament Lesson: Revelation 21:1-6 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 8 (NRSV) Ecclesiastes is a book in the Hebrew Bible (and Christian Old Testament) that I often find is only taken off the shelf for funerals and for other times of difficulties in our lives.  Today’s scripture passage, for example, is often read at graveside burials.  Its popularity at such times of grief makes it almost commonplace, easily recitable for half a verse or so, and then just as…

Mini Sermon #35

Sermon Lesson: Galatians 4:4-7 (NRSV)Gospel Lesson: Luke 2:22-40 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 148 (NRSV) Other Mentioned Bible Verses: Exodus 20:2-17 (NRSV) & Mark 12:29-31 (NRSV) It would be wrong of us to assume that the story of the birth of Jesus only appears in the Gospels.  Matthew, the first in order of publication, begins with a massive accounting of Jesus’s genealogy (who—through Joseph—is descended directly from King David).  Mark opens with good news—or godspell—or a gospel—that Isaiah’s…

Mini Sermon #34

Sermon Lesson (the Word): John 1:1-14 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Jesus of Nazareth): Luke 2:1-7 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 96 (NRSV) Referenced Bible Passages: Genesis 1 (NRSV) Referenced Literary Works: Plato’s The CaveReferenced Movies: The Matrix by The Wachowski Brothers The Gospel of John—even at first glance—is very different from any other Gospel in the Bible.  Instead of the birth of Jesus, the first chapter of John addresses the topic of “Logos” or the Word, which can be confusing…

Mini Sermon #33

Sermon Lesson (John the Baptist): Luke 3:1-20 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Angel Gabriel): Luke 1:26-33 (NRSV)Old Testament: Isaiah 1-4, 8-11 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 126 (NRSV) A companion video sermon on the Angel Gabriel was released as part of The Characters of Christmas this past Sunday. We now enter the third week of Advent in our quest for Christmas and our candle, which will be lit this Sunday, symbolizes both love and joy.  It is about this time, in the darkness of the night…

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) – you may view it here 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. …

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…