Sermon – December 22, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

The first thing that came to my mind when I read the gospel text is the small statue of Joseph I buried upside-down in the front of my house in Detroit, that I was desperately trying to sell in 2007, when I moved here to Champaign-Urbana to be the pastor at St. Andrew’s. There was a prayer card … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 15, 2019 – 3rd Sunday of Advent & Children’s Program

***Notice --- this was the text I started the sermon with – but things were added in the moments, much like cooking a soup based on a recipe, and then remembering you have some mushrooms that would be so great in it.  So, if when you read this text you swear you heard me say something not printed … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 8, 2019 – Second Sunday of Advent

Grace and peace to you, this day and every day, from God our Creator, from Christ our Savior, and from the Holy Spirit, who gives us hope. Amen. Although the temperatures seem to keep bouncing around between 20 degrees and 50 degrees, this evening/morning is when we mark the second Sunday of … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 24, 2019 – Christ the King

Grace and peace to you, this day and every day, from God our Father, Christ our King, and from the Holy Spirit. Amen. Once upon a time, many many years ago, the fast food restaurant Wendy’s had an all-you-can-eat salad bar. I haven’t seen an all-you-can-eat anything in a fast food place, let … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 10, 2019 – Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Grace and peace to you, this day and every day, from God our Creator, from Christ our Savior, and from the Holy Spirit who gathers us together. Amen.   The year was 2009. The date, June 18th. Our group entered the building’s large interior. The place was packed. In addition to being … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 3, 2019 – All Saints and Stewardship Weekend

All Saints Sunday – Stewardship – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Ephesians 1:11-23   Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Amen. A couple months I was listening to a science podcast that happened to be about … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 27, 2019 – Reformation and Farewell & Godspeed Pastor Bob

Reformation Sunday and Farewell “ . . . for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more . . . “For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 20, 2019 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Christ the Same So, we have a couple of the usual suspects in our lesson today from Luke.  When judges come up in the New Testament context it’s usually in a negative fashion, so this guy is no exception. He is self-described as one who does not fear God and doesn’t care about people, so our … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 13, 2019 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

What Are the Odds? A few years back now, novelist and writer on the spiritual life Anne Lamott wrote a book suggesting that all human prayer, when distilled to its essence, comes down to three simple words.  No matter what our life circumstances, no matter how many words we pour into our … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 6, 2019 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grace and peace to you, this day and every day, from God our Father, Christ our Savior, and from the Holy Spirit who gives us faith. Amen.   As we grow closer and closer to Pastor Bob’s final worship service with us, one of the things that keeps crossing my mind, is that we might not ever … [Read more...]