Sermons

The Phone Call

The Phone Call

I found drama a very effective way to poclaim the modern Christian narrative. I cannot remember the situation when I wrote this the following dialogue sermon for Christmas Eve. I do recall a number of people reported it spoke directly to them. In fact, one said hearing it was a life changing experience. The Phone […]

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The Refugees

The Refugees

I found drama to be an effective way to proclaim the modern Christian narrative. The following is a dialogue sermon I prepared for Christmas Eve during a period when the federal government was speaking against accepting refugees from wars we waged. It would work just as well in our time as the government has taken […]

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Between the Walls

Between the Walls

I found drama was an effective way to present the modern Christian narrative. Below is a dialogue sermon I wrote for Christmas Eve during the Viet Nam war. Between the Walls (Lines are spoken seated on chairs on either side of the altar. The dialogue is slow, somewhat hushed, with long pauses.) P – John….John….John. […]

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What Does the Future Hold?

What Does the Future Hold?

This is a paper I offered to the Adams County Torch Club on December 15. It prompted a lot of discussion. I found myself reminding people several times, “Now remember I am a Christian.” I have a feeling we shall all be acknowledging that a lot in the coming few years. I wrote this paper […]

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Christmas is Always

Christmas is Always

This is an article Kerry Walters, one of our participants, wrote for the Sunbury Daily Item on December 24. Kerry publishes a weekly column “Faith Matters.” His messages always speak to me. I hoped this one would do the same for you. Come to think of it, read first a quote he posted on Facebook […]

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An Advent Vision of Hope

An Advent Vision of Hope

The following is a sermon I proclaimed on the Second Sunday in Advent. The lesson was Isaiah 11: 1-10. I hoped it would speak to the present situation in the Christian community. Advent is special this year. We are all looking for hope, and Advent is the season when Christians talk about hope. It is […]

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Half Truth: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Half Truth: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

“God helps those who help themselves.” That’s today’s half-truth. The problem of a half-truth, of course is that it is not the whole truth. It is only part of the story. At first a half-truth sounds like something we believe but once we give it some thought, we are not quite sure what we are […]

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Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears

We gather to celebrate another Christmas, to proclaim the wondrous gift, to acknowledge the hopes and also the fears that are met in this birth. In the silent darkness of this night, let us consider the hopes and fears of this world. In the stillness of this night, let us imagine that we are in […]

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Angels

Angels

We have come once more to hear the story of Jesus’ birth. We have come to remember the turning point, when God came to rule his world, to make right what has gone wrong. We gather in darkness, listening for promise, the slightest whisper of hope. The story begins with Mary’s Song, “God scatters the […]

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Paint Yourself into the Nativity

Paint Yourself into the Nativity

Shortly after we were married, Faith Ann and I purchased a small Renaissance painting of Christ’s nativity, Hugo van der Goes’ “The Adoration of the Child Jesus.” It is a triptych done on three wooden panels so it can sit on a table or altar. Jesus occupies the middle of the center panel, lying on […]

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