Jesus leads, we follow; He lays down His life, we … ?

Sermon 22 April 2018  (Easter 4)

Jesus leads, we follow; He lays down His life, we … ? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus leads us along the right paths. Sometimes the right path is through a dark valley. Jesus laid down His life, and calls us to do the same; will we follow? Only if the love of God is in us; only if we truly love, truly care, truly obey. Love makes a person brave. With authority comes responsibility.

Lectionary: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23:1-6; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 26:39; John 15:13; Acts 4:19-20; Luke 12:11-12

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnFFgIoFeChMD3Yp-

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God is calling; will you answer?

Sermon 15 April 2018  (Easter 3)

God is calling; will you answer? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Moses was given a mission, and he kept doing what he had always done until God gave him counsel through Jethro:  teach the people the way to walk and the work they should do, then select from them faithful captains to administer the ministry.  Having the right foundation is critical.  Our foundation is not a philosophy nor a set of rules but is a person: Jesus Christ, the living Word of God.  We build on the foundation by knowing and obeying the Word of God.

Lectionary: Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-5; Luke 24:36b-48  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Exodus 18:13-26; 1 Corinthians 3:9–11; John 14:15; 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnE8OFpLBgfXITaTX

One in heart and mind

Sermon 08 April 2018  (Easter 2)

One in heart and mind by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  All the believers were one in heart and mind.  Unity is a blessing that starts at the head but flows down to touch everyone.  If our fellowship with one another is broken, our fellowship with the Trinity is also broken.  Confession is the pathway to healing.

Lectionary: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31

Referenced Scriptures:  No additional Scriptures

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnE5XZmXXvET0yG2h

Behold, I make all things new

Sermon 01 April 2018  (Easter)

Behold, I make all things new by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  From Good Friday to Easter morning the world changed, not just for those alive in Jesus’ time but for us as well.  The Father has disciplined us for our gain, and today we celebrate our newness of life in Christ Jesus.  Let Him change your life!

Lectionary: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18

Referenced Scriptures:  Revelation 21:5; Hebrews 12:3-11; Psalm 103:11-12

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnE1VznfzXnVHi5Qs

Jesus sacrificed for us

Sermon 30 March 2018  (Good Friday)

Jesus sacrificed for us by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus’ sacrifice cleanses us from all sin, not just for our gain but that we might live for one another.

Lectionary: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22:1-21; Hebrews 10:1-25; John 19:1-37

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnEwHSJDPwX-GhkKL

Do this …

Sermon 29 March 2018  (Maundy Thursday)

Do this … by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Maundy Thursday is intimate. Jesus gives two mandates: “Do this in remembrance of Me”, and “A new commandment I give to you”. What does it mean?

Lectionary:  Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15

Referenced Scriptures:  Luke 22:19; John 13:33-35; John 21:17

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnEoXuqm8qLrzKm6b

Jesus chose the narrow way

Sermon 25 March 2018  (Palm Sunday)

Jesus chose the narrow way by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus’ incarnation as a man enabled Him to suffer.  He appeared to be suffering because He was guilty.  He was guilty – but the guilt was not His own: it was ours.  He had the power and authority to avoid suffering, but He chose to follow His Father’s will.  We are called to do the same.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22:1-21; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:32-15:39

Referenced Scriptures:  Luke 4:5-8; John 5:19; Mark 10:32-34; Philippians 2:12-13; Matthew 7:13-14

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnEtmVeCiF3L6MVTW

The mind of Christ

Sermon 18 March 2018  (Lent 5)

The mind of Christ by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Peter disappointed Jesus, and Jesus disappointed Peter.  Even God’s Word we apply differently, according to our own desires.  God tells Jeremiah that under the new covenant it doesn’t have to be like that.  What would the church look like if we all had the mind of Christ?

Lectionary:  Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-17; Hebrews 10:5-10; John 12:20-28

Referenced Scriptures:  Luke 22:60-62; Mark 8:31-32; Romans 8:8; 1 Corinthians 2:13-16; Ephesians 4:11-13; Matthew 13:45; Philippians 3:14; Hebrews 12:1; Luke 9:23

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnEiTZawMTBFp3kgI

If we all had the mind of Christ (pause the sermon in the quiet gap between 9:42-10:15 and watch this 2-minute video)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NREmtGhIHew

Believing is not enough

Sermon 11 March 2018  (Lent 4)

Believing is not enough by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  When the Israelites were punished with deadly snakes, God didn’t heal them directly.  He provided the means for their healing, but they had to do something to receive it.  This is how God operates, even for our salvation through Jesus Christ:  He provides the gift and the means to receive it, but we must act in order to take hold of the gift and make it our own.  He has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, but we must act to take possession and use them.  Sometimes we must fight.

Lectionary:  Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-9; John 3:14-21

Referenced Scriptures:  2 Peter 1:2-4; John 1:11-13; John 3:3b; Ephesians 6:10-13

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnEfQ016wvc4N1DON

What have I done?

Sermon 04 March 2018  (Lent 3)

What have I done? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  “Let us not think little of our sins because they are slight, but let us fear them because they are many.  Drops of rain are small, but because they are very many, they fill rivers and submerge houses, and sometimes by their force they even carry off mountains.” – Caesarius of Arles, 6th century bishop.

Lectionary:  Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 22:37-40; James 2:8-10; Matthew 7:24-27

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnEaTYtEyvRiCqx6w