God’s blessing upon our unity in Him

Sermon 11 April 2021 (Easter 2)

God’s blessing upon our unity in Him by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  “All the believers were one in heart and mind.” How can that happen? It can only be accomplished if each person’s highest priority is identical, and if that priority contains the power to change the hearts and minds of men and women.

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

Referenced Scriptures:  1 Corinthians 14:22; Matthew 7:18-20; Leviticus 8:10-12; Matthew 18:19-20

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqU8vlp4tQKzLrKrV?e=qQ9LVf

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqU4ZmmpxSB9-rZKF?e=RALhSs

They shall rebuild the ancient ruins

Sermon 04 April 2021 (Easter Sunday)

They shall rebuild the ancient ruins by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God has been shaking the Church (and this church) down it its foundations, and now He is preparing to rebuild us to His original design. What does that entail?

Lectionary:  Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-9 (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Isaiah 61:1-7; John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11; 1 Peter 2:6-8; Luke 19:11-27; John 19:5-16; 1 Peter 2:4-5; Colossians 3:14; Matthew 5:9; Mark 9:42; John 15:5; John 13:8; Matthew 28:18-20; John 16:13; James 4:6-10; John 12:32; Matthew 23:19; Matthew 16:18

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqUq9ODe-DvYfJq7h?e=LvZBWf

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqUkMHLP6ozccFuKa?e=8i2TOf (including a short portion not heard in the recording)

God’s Word to you

Sermon 28 March 2021 (Palm Sunday)

God’s Word to you by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus’ Word to you as you enter into Holy Week is the Word He gave to His disciples at His last Passover meal.

Lectionary:  Mark 11:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 31:1-24; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:32-50

Referenced Scriptures:  Romans 12:1; John 17:3; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:28-31; John 16-17; 1 Peter 2:9-10

Recording – Sermon: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqUZQyn-YEuSFclZ2?e=jVGlfm

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqUXnj6Qpj_xkvz27?e=aRYsJB

Do you love Me more than these?

Sermon 21 March 2021 (Lent 4)

Do you love Me more than these? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus’ destiny was to die like a grain of wheat to produce a harvest of salvation. Our destiny is to be conformed to His image, to die to ourselves. This involves maturing from a self-directed life to a Christ-directed life … but beware of Satan’s lure to turn aside into a new self-directed lie.

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

Referenced Scriptures:  Romans 8:28-29; Hebrews 5:11-14; Galatians 6:9; Zechariah 4:10; Haggai 2:3-9; Hebrews 12:27-28; John 21:15-19; Joshua 24:15

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqT_ceQRJfT8wr0Y5?e=yIuYVE

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqUB3eicH7X55N4T6?e=o0vJct

Examine, cleanse, and rebuild

Sermon 07 March 2021 (Lent 3)

Examine, cleanse, and rebuild by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  When Jesus entered the temple courts He noted the worldly activities that were going on. He made a whip and drove out those who were responsible along with all their goods, to make room for the holy activities that should have been taking place. This holy season of Lent is a time for us to allow Jesus to do the same thing in our hearts and in our church: to examine what is going on, to cleanse what should not be there, and to make room for us to rebuild with materials that are eternal.

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

Referenced Scriptures:  1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Matthew 7:23; Luke 9:23

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqTYthrCyGXc910al?e=8e6Eai

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqTf7RuNSv7FfdxH7?e=btN83y

A new hope

Sermon 28 February 2021 (Lent 2)

A new hope by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  As part of God’s Old Testament covenant Abram was to receive a new life of walking before God faithfully. Abram was not to be just a signatory (a “signer”) of the covenant, but an active participant in it. The same is true of us in the new covenant. It comes with trials and hardships, but God provides the one thing we need to fulfill our part.

Lectionary:  Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-31; Romans 4:13-18; Mark 8:31-38

Referenced Scriptures:  Romans 4:19, Psalm 22:1-21, Matthew 6:17-18

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqTKNnQwQqZ7n7Bij?e=pUuPoG

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqTOhXdnIvhrXSjrF?e=CHgOfs

Rejecting lies and following the Way

Sermon 21 February 2021 (Lent 1)

Part 1: Lent by Bp. Elmer Belmonte, Diocese of Europe

Part 2: Rejecting lies and following the Way by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The celebration of Lent developed from the process of preparing catechumens for baptism. Each year Lent prepares us to receive the new life of Easter, ever growing, ever maturing. “If we have the right kind of attitude as we walk through the season of Lent, we will come out victorious and we will celebrate” (Bp. Elmer Belmonte). But what kind of attitude?

Lectionary:  Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-22; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

Referenced Scriptures:  Revelation 2:4, Isaiah 61:4, Matthew 10:28, Matthew 7:13-14, John 14:6

Recording – Sermon Part 1 (Bp. Elmer):  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqS2mamNFxIk2iTcJ?e=okv7Az

Recording – Sermon Part 2 (Fr. Dana):  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqSpVy3Alfnc2RMqH?e=gQLaCM

Notes – Sermon Part 2 (Fr. Dana):  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqSszYeejIQJfITKX?e=udEez2

You have what they need

Sermon 14 February 2021 (Epiphany Last)

You have what they need by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers, the lost, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that reveals Jesus Christ.  But God has made His light shine in our hearts to give us that gospel. The lost need it.  We have it.  What is the solution?

Lectionary:  2 Kings 2:1-11; Psalm 50:1-23; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 28:19-20

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqSCgCzuOGBsI6Poh?e=uXQeQ5

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqSHj7NmvAgCk2Xu7?e=74fObr

Where are we, and where are we going?

Sermon 07 February 2021 (Epiphany 5)

Where are we, and where are we going? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Perhaps you think you know the direction the church and the world is heading in the coming year. But what if you are wrong? What if God’s plan is completely different?

Lectionary:  Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-20; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:32-39

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 7:12; Psalm 91:1-7

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqRjcebVmgx2707jE?e=M4qc4q

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqRc3vffUhOksvdda?e=zFHOce

For a brother or sister in Christ

Sermon 31 January 2021 (Epiphany 4)

For a brother or sister in Christ by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Knowing the Word without love profits nothing. Knowledge puffs up, and can actually make one a snare to a brother or sister in Christ. Those in the Body of Christ with stronger faith have the responsibility to protect and fight for those with weaker faith – whatever it takes.

Lectionary:  Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 16:16; 1 Corinthians 13:2-3; 1 Corinthians 12:26; Mark 2:3-4

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqRGT6yQrRD-lg1t1?e=LUGgq7

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqRA0UHGYUhQCq1Hw?e=zKHbdr