Pentecost is empowerment

Sermon 31 May 2020  (Pentecost)

Pentecost is empowerment by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The Jewish feast of Pentecost celebrated the promise of the Old Covenant, the giving of the law to Moses on Mt. Sinai 50 days after the killing of the Paschal lamb during Passover. In Acts, the promise of the New Covenant came on Pentecost, 50 days after the Resurrection of the Lamb of God. In both cases, God’s descent was primarily for the benefit of those who observed it, not those who experienced it.

Lectionary: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-35; 1 Corinthians 12:3-13; John 7:37-39

Referenced Scriptures: Exodus 19:18; John 4:35-38; Numbers 11:29; 1 Corinthians 14:5; Acts 1:4-8; Ephesians 6:10-12; John 10:10; John 20:21-22; Joel 2:28-32

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Possess your inheritance!

Sermon 24 May 2020  (Easter 7)

Possess your inheritance! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Christ is now seated at the Father’s right hand in heavenly places, and we sit together with Him.  As His disciples that is our inheritance: we own it…but we must take possession of it.  WARNING: you will have to fight for it!  (Sermon inspired by writings in the last few days from Abp. Chuck Jones, Archdiocese of the Southeast USA, on his website Aslan Roars.)

Lectionary: Acts 1:1-14; Psalm 68:4-11,18-20,32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-16; John 17:1-11

Referenced Scriptures: Ephesians 1:17-20; Ephesians 2:4-7; Matthew 11:12-13,16-19; Ephesians 1:3

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From temptation, to testing, to refining, to Jesus

Sermon 17 May 2020  (Easter 6)

From temptation, to testing, to refining, to Jesus by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God is sufficient.  He does all things for our good, even those things that seem difficult or unfair.  We experience temptations, and sometimes we fail.  But failing the temptation does not have to mean we fail the test.

Lectionary: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:1-20; 1 Peter 3:18-22; John 14:15-21

Referenced Scriptures: Acts 26:17-18; Matthew 26:24; 1 Peter 2:21-24; Hebrews 5:8-9

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It starts in the heart

Sermon 10 May 2020  (Easter 5)

It starts in the heart by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: Do not let your hearts be troubled.”  Does Jesus understand how difficult this is, especially in the midst of this virus panic?  Yet if our hearts are seeking the best things, perhaps it is not so difficult after all.

Lectionary: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-24; 1 Peter 2:4-10; John 14:1-14

Referenced Scriptures: Acts 6:11; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 8:1; 1 Peter 1:3-9; Matthew 5:21-29; Matthew 12:34-35; Proverbs 4:23; Romans 11:29; Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 51:10

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Never, ever, back to normal!

Sermon 03 May 2020  (Easter 4)

Never, ever, back to normal! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus told the parable of a barren fig tree.  The owner wanted to cut it down, but allowed a period of time during which the gardener would fertilize it and prepare it to bear fruit.  The Church is experiencing a period of fertilization and preparation; if we emerge, only to return to the old “normal” ways, we will die.

Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:6-15; Psalm 23:1-6; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10

Referenced Scriptures: Luke 13:6-9; Psalm 91; John 15:5; 2 Chronicles 7:12-20; Luke 22:42; Hebrews 2:11

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Fire in your heart

Sermon 26 Apr 2020  (Easter 3)

Fire in your heart by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  These two disciples had doubted Jesus was the Christ because they had seen Him dead.  But on that road to Emmaus, Jesus Himself taught them that He could not have been the Christ if He had not died.  Jesus’ death – the very thing that caused their doubt – was the one thing that, in the end, ignited their faith with Holy Spirit fire!

Lectionary: Acts 2:29-36; Psalm 116:1-19; 1 Peter 1:13-21; Luke 24:13-35

Referenced Scriptures: Philippians 4:19; Deuteronomy 28:13; Matthew 27:42-43

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Hope, faith, and action

Sermon 19 Apr 2020  (Easter 2)

Hope, faith, and action by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Hope is the feeling of expectant desire for something to come to pass.  Christian hope is more, because it is intimately related to faith.  Christian hope is alive and active; Christian faith is the substance of things hoped for; and together they lead us to action that reflects Christ’s sacrifice for us and His presence in us.

Lectionary: Acts 2:22-28; Psalm 16:1-11; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Referenced Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:19; Romans 8:24-25; Hebrews 11:1; John 10:10; Luke 22:42-44; Luke 12:33

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Go and be different

Sermon 12 Apr 2020  (Easter)

Go and be different by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus gave Himself for the life of the world.  People followed Him because He was different (both in what He did and why He did it).  All who love Jesus are called to join Him.

Lectionary: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:14-17, 22-24; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-19

Referenced Scriptures: John 19:30; John 6:51; John 6:26-27; John 17:6-21; Mark 10:39; Matthew 9:36; Mark 10:45

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Come

Sermon 10 Apr 2020  (Good Friday)

Come by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  He was disfigured, despised, rejected … for the transgressions of His people.  They held Him in low esteem … do you?

Lectionary: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22:1-21; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 18:1-19:42

Referenced Scriptures: Hebrews 5:7-8; Philippians 2:8

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