The Characters of Christmas

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…