Rejoice in God’s love

Sermon 15 October 2017

Rejoice in God’s love by Fr. Dana

  • Rejoice in God’s perfect faithfulness: Isaiah 25
  • Rejoice in God’s mighty acts: Psalm 106
  • Rejoice in quietness and trust: Philippians 4
  • Rejoice in God’s presence … but come prepared: Matthew 22

Lectionary:  Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 106:1-5, 48; Philippians 4:4-7; Matthew 22:1-14

Referenced Scriptures: 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Corinthians 13:1-5; Matthew 7:22-23

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRm2LC-hZnV_gkm7wk

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The Lord’s vineyard: then and now

Sermon 08 October 2017

The Lord’s vineyard: then and now by Fr. Dana

  • The Lord’s vineyard: Isaiah 5
  • Restore Your vineyard, Lord: Psalm 80
  • Don’t follow the self-seekers of the vineyard: Philippians 3
  • The vineyard’s overseers bear greater responsibility: Matthew 21

Lectionary:  Ezekiel Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-15; Philippians 3:17-21; Matthew 21:33-46

Referenced Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-16

Recording – Exhortation during worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRm1ucH-KKCmzaQrMJ

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRm1zxcZ7fxXMn91jS

Reading the Scriptures for yourself

Sermon 01 October 2017

Reading the Scriptures for yourself by Fr. Dana

  • How you finish is important
  • Place others above yourselves
  • Don’t act out of ambition or conceit
  • Don’t act to control what others think of you
  • You are what you do, not what you say

Lectionary:  Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32; Psalm 25:1-8; Philippians 2:1-4; Matthew 21:23-32

Recording – Exhortation after worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRm1kgNwDNMGywNQH6

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRm1oIfNBxJAYf4_Xd

It’s not fair!

Sermon 24 September 2017

It’s not fair! by Fr. Dana

  • The parable of the vineyard workers
  • It’s really about grace
  • Peter learns grace as trials lie ahead

Lectionary:  Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:1-7; Philippians 1:15-18; Matthew 20:1-16

Referenced Scriptures: John 21:2-22

Recording – St. Stephen’s CEC, London:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRm1gyY2vZC6zsCRqs

Recording – St. Andrew’s mission, Edinburgh:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRm1dprQKEnvI_BkOO

Making disciples: snowflakes or warriors?

Sermon 17 September 2017

Making disciples: snowflakes or warriors?  by Fr. Dana

Lectionary:  Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103:1-3, 8-13; Romans 14:7-12; Matthew 18:21-35

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 17:20; Matthew 14:36; James 1:6-8; Hebrews 11:6; Mark 9:24b; Psalm 103:11-12; John 5:19b; Matthew 14:36b; Matthew 28:19

Recording:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRm1UIgj_nkAGJ8Qdb

Peter corrects the Son of God

Sermon 10 September 2017

Peter corrects the Son of God: a spiritual toddler chokes on adult food  by Fr. Dana

Lectionary:  Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:12-20

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 16:15-19; Mark 11:24; Matthew 18:19; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3a; Hebrews 5:8; 2 Timothy 2:15b; Luke 22:31-32; Matthew 17:20; Matthew 14:36

Recording:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRm1K2iKbwq2FTxwvw

Because of their unbelief

Matthew 13:58 “Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
Mark 6:5 “Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief.”

I have always wondered that these Scriptures, both referring to Jesus’ coming to Nazareth (“His own country”), say He couldn’t do mighty works there because of their unbelief. Does lack of faith really render Jesus powerless? There are other Scriptures that show Jesus doing miracles in spite of the lack of faith.

I believe the Gospel from yesterday’s daily lectionary (not the Sunday Eucharist lectionary) gives us the key. John 5:30 says,

“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” Jesus never, ever, did  whatever He wanted to do. He didn’t even consider doing His own will apart from the Father, as His prayer in the garden prior to His arrest clearly shows.

Here, in His own hometown, Jesus is once again obeying the will of His Father as explained in Proverbs 3:34 (and quoted in both James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5): “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Why did the people of Nazareth receive so few miracles? Because they were filled with pride. They knew Jesus’ humble beginnings; many of them knew Him personally as a child. They were convinced there was nothing in His upbringing that would justify the reputation He had – they were just as good as He was, He wasn’t special. The Father, true to His Word, resisted them … and Jesus, true to the Father, obeyed … not reluctantly, but with joy and peace, because He knows the Father’s plan is best.

Can we say the same?