Sermons tagged with ‘Joyful Noise Band’

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Seventh Sunday of Easter 2016

Christ is Risen

The Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 8, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: United in Christ

Every Sunday we offer our prayers of blessing for anyone celebrating an anniversary of their marriage. The blessing we say together comes directly from the service for Blessing of a Marriage, in our Book of Common Prayer (BCP 431). It begins with the words, “O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unit between Christ and his church.” This unity with ‘church’ is not the institutional church; it is the ‘body of Christ’ church; it is you and me; all of us who believe in Jesus Christ, and all of us who do the best we can, to the best we can understand, to follow Jesus Christ.

The First Sunday in Lent 2016


The First Sunday in Lent 2016
February 14, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: Having a Positive Wilderness Experience

When I was 28 years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following surgery, there was a recurrence; there were more surgeries; the cancer would not stop spreading. The prognosis was not good. Mom lived in NNY, and my family and I lived in PA. I wanted to move back to my home town to be with my mom, and for our daughters to know my mom.

First Sunday after Epiphany

2016 First Sunday after the Epiphany
January 10, 2016

Topic: Our Baptism is about empowerment

Today we commemorate Jesus’ baptism: And in the context of his baptism, we should look at its meaning for you and for me. There are at least four different baptisms described in our Gospel lesson today. First there was the existing ceremonial baptism, which was used for Jewish purification, and for preparation of people wanting to convert to Judaism. John changed that baptism to be one that Scripture describes as a ‘baptism of repentance,’ which means that its purpose was to signify the commitment of the baptized to change the course of their lives to be ready for the arrival of God in a new way in their lives.