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

Love is far more than a candle

Sermon 24 January 2021 (Epiphany 3)

Love is far more than a candle by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We missed meeting as a church from the 4th Sunday of Advent through Epiphany Sunday due to my contracting Covid. It was sad but necessary to guard the health of our parishioners. We missed Advent 4, the lighting of the Love candle, and Christmas Eve, the lighting of the Christ candle – and Christ is love incarnate. But love is far more than a candle, and the church (both the worldwide Church and individual local churches) is far more than a fellowship or a family….

Lectionary:  Jonah 3:1-10; Psalm 62:1-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 12; Proverbs 27:6; Luke 13:6-9

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqQZdCrFaFWVVO-35?e=j5wz8w

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqQXpxEiMdDUnYIhV?e=qxUFf5

The Sanctity of all human life

Sermon 17 January 2021 (Our Lord and Giver of Life)

The Sanctity of all human life by Fr. Terry Gensemer, CECforLife

Simple Summary:  [pre-recorded video]

Lectionary:  Jeremiah 31:10-17; Psalm 10; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 2:1-14

Referenced Scriptures:  [not listed]

Recording – Sermon:  

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How can there be joy?

Sermon 13 December 2020 (Advent 3)

How can there be joy? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  There is so much pain, so much heartache.  How can we talk about joy … or peace … or even hope? True joy doesn’t exist in this world, because every happiness can be taken away.  Only the joy that Jesus brings is eternal: it cannot be taken away in this world or the next.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11; Psalm 126:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Referenced Scriptures:  Luke 4:21-22; John 16:33; Revelation 7:16-17

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqHi5AYJPKOjeb9Uf?e=ff0Lzr

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqHlQBnSbttOBJqit?e=pJu1ZO

Love invests in the Kingdom of God

Sermon 29 November 2020 (Advent 1)

Love invests in the Kingdom of God by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  What is God’s motivation for everything He does – everything He has ever done, everything He is doing now, and everything He will do in the future? It is one thing only: it is love. Love became a man and gave Himself for us, and He calls us to do the same.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 64:1-9a; Psalm 80:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Mark 13:24-37

Referenced Scriptures:  1 John 4:8; Romans 12:2; Ezekiel 36:26; Zechariah 13:9; Luke 10:27; Matthew 5:44; 2 Corinthians 5:14; Philippians 2:1-4; Luke 19:41-44

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqGIdERF9TFympWnx?e=qC1R7f

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqGHS56F48PtDzg0f?e=zqwhvy

Are you a faithful servant of the King?

Sermon 22 November 2020 (Christ the King)

Are you a faithful servant of the King? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Christ is the King – there is no other: what sort of subject are you? Christ is the Good Shepherd – the only Good Shepherd: what sort of sheep are you?. Matthew’s Gospel describes the day of judgment, when the sheep and the goats are separated. The criteria for separation is not the evil they have done, but rather the good they have failed to do. Perhaps we should all take a moment to examine our lives and our priorities….

Lectionary:  Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:21-28; Matthew 25:31-46

Referenced Scriptures:  Colossians 1:16; 1 Peter 3:22; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Matthew 28:18-20; Psalm 100:3; Matthew 18:6-7

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqFt-NUKsYyobPKRM?e=eNAe9n

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