Are you one of the many, or the few?

Sermon 11 Nov 2018

Are you one of the many, or the few? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: The people of Jesus’ hometown Nazareth, who were Jews (to whom the Messiah was sent), rejected the miraculous provision of God because they thought they knew who Jesus was based on their past experience.  The widow of Zarephath, a Gentile, received the miraculous provision of God because she gave what little she had to Elijah.  Which are you?

Lectionary: 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 71; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

Referenced Scriptures: Luke 4:16-26; Matthew 6:33

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnRwNinn20AvXBCAd

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Does the world know you?

Sermon 04 Nov 2018

Does the world know you? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: We are called to be conformed to the image of Jesus.  When we become like Him, the world will not know us just as they did not know Him.  How well does the world know you?

Lectionary: Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 24; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

Referenced Scriptures: 3 John 1:2; Romans 8:28-29; John 1:10-12; 1 John 2:3-6; Luke 12:42-46, 48b; Luke 12:32-34

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnRtZrV3N9x44LDiN

Who is fighting for whom?

Sermon 28 Oct 2018

Who is fighting for whom? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: Jesus fought for you; He rescued you from the power of sin.  But He set you free not only for your good, but so you could fight for Him.

Lectionary: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnRo0gga26_ujpUuD

Who will go with Christ?

Sermon 21 Oct 2018

Who will go with Christ? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: God told Moses, “No man shall see Me and live”, yet men and women of all kinds looked intently into Jesus’ face.  When Jesus became incarnate He sacrificed His awesome, intimidating nature to accomplish our redemption.  James and John thought it had all been accomplished, but there was much more sacrifice to come.  The same is true for us.

Lectionary: Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45

Referenced Scriptures: Exodus 33:18-23, Isaiah 52:14; Isaiah 53:2

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

Whom shall I send?

Sermon 14 Oct 2018

Whom shall I send? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: The groundwork has been laid.  The time for training for doing and for leading has come.  There are three things we must all do to move forward:  acknowledge we are unworthy and unable in our own strength; allow the Lord to burn away all that is not from Him; and answer His call, not just with words but with actions.

Lectionary: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:17-27  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures: Isaiah 6:1-9, Ephesians 6:12

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnRXdUt6yC1Ogg6ky

What will you choose?

Sermon 07 Oct 2018

What will you choose? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: You were not created for this.  You were created for a world without sin or hardship or grief or regret or pain or death.  Why aren’t you there?  Because Adam chose sin.  What will you choose?

Lectionary: Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 128; Hebrews 2:10-13; Mark 10:2-16

Referenced Scriptures: Genesis 3:8

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnRQW1vyE_0f3ymxN

For such a time as this

Sermon 30 Sep 2018

For such a time as this by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: What is God showing to us, His people, through the story of Esther?

  • We have an enemy, satan, who seeks our destruction
  • Satan hates us because we are obedient to God
  • Satan uses people of authority against us
  • God will deliver us, but He chooses people to bring it to pass: “if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place”
  • Shall we respond with a three day fast?
  • We must be courageous: “if I perish, I perish”

Who knows whether we have come to this moment in this place in the kingdom of God for such a time as this?

Lectionary: Esther 7:1-10; Psalm 124:1-8; James 4:11-12; Mark 9:38-50

Referenced Scriptures: Esther 4:1-16

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnRNgW9V5KOTP10Ft

Receive, believe, achieve

Sermon 23 Sep 2018

Receive, believe, achieve by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: Jesus Christ’s ministry on earth had two parts: preaching/teaching, and demonstrating.  The liturgy of the Mass is in two parts: the liturgy of the Word (spoken/heard), and the liturgy of the Table (the Word incarnate).  We are called to conform to His image, so we must declare the written Word and demonstrate the incarnate Word.  The Word only has power as it is received, believed, and acted upon – all three.

Lectionary: Proverbs 2:1-9; Psalm 54; James 3:13-18; Mark 9:30-37

Referenced Scriptures: Romans 8:28-29; Mark 6:45-52; Luke 24:13-32; Matthew 26:41; 1 Samuel 17:47

Recording – Exhortation after worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnREOHd7ed6alD10Y

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnRLZ2d1hUpDHC0FG

Illustration used at the end of the sermon:  https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-gird-up-your-loins-an-illustrated-guide/

Whose light are you carrying?

Sermon 16 Sep 2018

Whose light are you carrying? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: Jesus is the Light of the world.  We are called to bear the Light of Christ.  We can choose to light our own fire and walk in its light, or we can deny ourselves and take up our cross.  Being a disciple means taking up our cross daily and never laying it down as we walk through the day.

Lectionary: Isaiah 50:4-11; Psalm 116:1-19; James 1:19-22; Mark 8:27-35

Referenced Scriptures: John 1:1-12; John 12:35-37; Isaiah 6:6-7; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 9:23; Philippians 3:13-14

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnQy0m1b5OuWq59y5

How desperate are you?

Sermon 09 Sep 2018

How desperate are you? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: The Syro-Phoenician woman was desperate.  She sacrificed her pride and dignity to fall at Jesus’ feet, pleading earnestly like a common beggar.  Jesus’ response seems harsh, but it accomplished three things:

  • It tested the woman’s faith, which passed the test
  • It challenged everyone else’s faith: is answered prayer worth the humiliation?
  • It declared to all Jesus’ followers what He had spoken: when you ask, never give up

Lectionary: Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 146:1-10; James 2:8-13; Mark 7:24-37

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 6:21

Recording – Sermon, and ministry time with Lloyd Cornell:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnQsOEbOj8aIG9gFD