Three steps to freedom

Sermon 18 February 2018  (Lent 1)

Three steps to freedom by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  “If you keep doin’ what you been doin’, you gonna keep gettin’ what you been gettin’.”  But if you want something you’ve never had, then you must do something you’ve never done.  Three steps to freedom, taken by the prodigal son:

  • The prodigal “came to himself”: he realized where he was, and where he could be.
  • He confessed his sin: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
  • He submitted himself to his father: “Make me like one of your hired servants.

Lectionary:  Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Romans 7:15, 20, 24-25; Luke 15:11-32; Matthew 13:45-46

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnENb8ws5Wli0Y1S7

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Look into the Mirror

Sermon 14 February 2018  (Ash Wednesday)

Look into the Mirror by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Life is a journey; our salvation is also a journey: we have been saved, we are being saved, and we shall be saved.  God spent a few days taking the Israelites out of Egypt, but an entire generation taking Egypt out of the Israelites.  We have been removed from the kingdom of sin, but there are still sins that haven’t been removed from us.  It is a process, and that process begins with looking into the Mirror of Scripture.

Lectionary:  Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Referenced Scriptures:  2 Timothy 1:8b-9a; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Romans 5:9-10; Romans 6:6, 12; Romans 7:15; James 1:23-25

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnEInPHdEsZZz4PqM

Pursuing God’s call on your life

Sermon 11 February 2018  (Epiphany Last)

Pursuing God’s call on your life by Fr. Dana

  • The prophetic mantle is passed from Elijah to Elisha – 2 Kings 2
  • God sets apart those who are consecrated to His service – Psalm 50
  • We carry the light to those in darkness – 2 Corinthians 4
  • Jesus is transfigured – Mark 1

Simple Summary:  Be like Elisha:  (1) acknowledge and accept publicly God’s call on your life; (2) submit to training as a servant; (3) never turn aside and never let go.

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

Referenced Scriptures:  1 Kings 18; 1 Kings 19:16-21; Matthew 4:20-22; Matthew 9:9; Genesis 32:26

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnEEnu9FEpxGliHXM

It is time to grow … up

Sermon 04 February 2018  (Epiphany 5)

It is time to grow … up by Fr. Dana

  • God never wearies; He gives us strength – Isaiah 40
  • God gathers the exiles and brings them home – Psalm 147
  • Put yourself in the place of those to whom you’re ministering – 1 Corinthians 9
  • Bring people to Jesus, and bring Jesus to people – Mark 1

Simple Summary:  We’ve been content like a preborn in the womb, floating in a bubble, cozy & warm with everything we personally need. But God doesn’t leave babies in the womb: He brings them out into the world and calls them to maturity.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 12:20; Ephesians 4:11-16

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

Is your faith worth sharing?

Sermon 28 January 2018  (Epiphany 4)

Is your faith worth sharing? by Fr. Dana

  • Speak in God’s name only what He is speaking – Deuteronomy 18
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom – Psalm 111
  • Do what is best for others, not what is most pleasant to you – 1 Corinthians 8
  • Faith without love profits nothing – Mark 1

 

Simple Summary:  If everything this Psalm claims is true, then it is wisdom to have a healthy, respectful fear of the Lord.  Jesus does only what He sees the Father doing, and thus only speaks what He hears the Father speaking; we should do likewise.  Knowledge puffs up self; love builds up others.  Even demons have faith, but without love.  “Do not boast of that faith which puts you on the same level with demons.” – St. Augustine, On the Gospel of St. John.

Lectionary:  Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-3, 10-13; Mark 1:21-28

Referenced Scriptures:  John 5:19; John 15:15; Matthew 16:16-17

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnDxzTo9Embmp4svb

Sanctity of Life? What’s the big deal!

Sermon 21 January 2018  (Our Lord the Giver of Life)

Sanctity of Life? What’s the big deal! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The Spirit gives life. Child sacrifice to Ba’al Moloch (Molech) profanes the name of the Lord. It brought judgment on Israel, and continues to bring judgment. There is forgiveness and restoration after judgment.

Lectionary:  Jeremiah 31:10-17; Psalm 10; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Matthew 18:1-5  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  John 6:53-54, 61-63; Leviticus 18:1-3, 21, 24, 28; 20:1-5; 1 Kings 11:1-2, 4-5, 7, 31; Zephaniah 1:4-5; Jeremiah 32:26-29, 32-41; Psalm 127:3-4

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnDtt5vinccCvDyya

We are a family, but we are also an army

Sermon 14 January 2018  (Epiphany 2)

We are a family, but we are also an army by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God has been surveying this church. The time of analysis is finished; the time to design and build has come.

Lectionary: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19; Psalm 139:1-5, 13-14; 1 Corinthians 6:13b-20; John 1:43-51

Referenced Scriptures: Hebrews 2:11; Ezekiel 37:3; Ephesians 6:12;

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnDpNR_uLH3vgJGyJ

Jesus’ baptism was an epiphany

Sermon 07 January 2018  (Baptism of Jesus)

Jesus’ baptism was an epiphany by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  An epiphany is a revelation.  Jesus didn’t need John’s baptism of repentance, but submitted out of obedience to the Father’s plan.  The Holy Spirit confirmed Jesus’ identity to John the Baptist through a revelation.  Jesus demonstrated His love for us through His choices to obey.  We each need a fresh epiphany of His love … and our choices will reflect our love for Him.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-38; Mark 1:4-11

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 3:13-17; John 14:8-9; John 1:32-34

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnDm9wCETQBghtZi4

In the fullness of time

Sermon 31 December 2017  (1st Sunday of Christmas)

In the fullness of time by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  In the fullness of time God sent His Son.  There is for each of us a “fullness of time”….

Lectionary:  Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-32

Referenced Scriptures: Nehemiah 1-2

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnDJrtLF7LjLO7wL2

Who brought the greatest gift?

Sermon 24 December 2017  (4th Sunday of Advent/Christmas Eve)

Who brought the greatest gift? by Fr. Dana

  • David had a heart to give; God outgave him – 2 Samuel 7
  • God raised up David’s kingdom, then surpassed it through Jesus – Psalm 89
  • The Lord lay bare His holy arm: Jesus, the man of His right hand – Isaiah 52
  • Mary had a heart to obey; God gave her the highest honour – Luke 1

Simple Summary:  Do you measure a person’s love by the Christmas gift they give, or the card they send?  On that first Christmas day, who brought the greatest gift?  To receive the gift, you must first let go of what’s already in your hand.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Isaiah 52:7-10; Luke 1:26-38

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnAk9kNuHaYU7Pzx9