Sermon – December 24, 2015 – Christmas Eve

So are going to do something a little different tonight.  And I don't mean it to be gimmicky.  I really want us to read this story together. Better yet, I want you to tell this story the way that you heard it. Feel free to look down at the text as we go along, but try to tell us much of it that you … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 20, 2015 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Advent 4 Year C Luke 1:39-55 This week marked three years since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.  Three years ago, I was preparing to preach an advent sermon at my congregation in San Francisco, a city with it’s own share of violence, when I heard the news.  I … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 13, 2015 – Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent Good News I should let you stand up here sometimes and look out at your responses to some of what is read from our lessons.  This “brood of vipers” talk elicited a few frowns, and I noticed that some of you raised your eyebrows at the end of the lesson, “so with many other … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 6, 2015 – Second Sunday of Advent

Advent 2 Pastor Bob Rasmus “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.” Our gospel acclamation that we sing each Sunday comes from a conversation that Peter was having with Jesus in the 6th chapter of John.  Jesus had been explaining to the Jews and the disciples how he … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 29, 2015 – First Sunday of Advent

Advent 1 Year C Luke 21:25-36 Grace and peace to you on this first Sunday of Advent. Christians around the world who follow the church calendar have made the transition from ordinary time to the special, set apart season of Advent. Advent happens to be my favorite season.  While I love the … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 22, 2015 – Christ the King

Christ the King Sunday Fear or Hope? Let's play a little game of name that monarch, shall we? Okay, who is the King of Sweden? That would be King Gustav. Any idea what his wife's name is, the Queen? That would be Queen Silvia. Okay here's another who is the King of Norway? That would be King … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 1, 2015 – All Saints

All Saints Sunday Bound for Glory There is a grandness to All Saints Sunday.  A time when we cast our vision broadly, where we recall the folks whose numbers we have retired.  We remember the span of salvation history as we mark the lives of the matriarchs and patriarchs of the church, the … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 25, 2015 – Reformation

Reformation Sunday John 8:31-36, Romans 3:19-28 You may have noticed that things are a bit more festive around here today.  We switched our liturgical paraments to a flashy red from ordinary green, our worship leaders paraded triumphantly into our space, and the music has a bit more fanfare than … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 18, 2015 – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 21 The Message Depending upon who you talk to, there are a couple of essential principles in marketing and communications that you must understand to get your message out, to convince people of your point of view, or to have them buy your product. The first is the rule of 151. … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 11, 2015 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 20 Mark 10: 17-31 The Rich Young Man People in the gospel of Mark, and Jesus ministry in general, approached him two primary reasons.  The Pharisees and Sadducees, those with whom he contended over the theological issues, would approach him to test and challenge.  Teacher, is it … [Read more...]