Why did you say that, Jesus?

Sermon 12 Aug 2018

Why did you say that, Jesus? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: Jesus attracts a following with sweet and kind words, but then He says something hard that turns many away.  Labour for food that does not perish: for soul sustenance, not body sustenance.  Jesus is the true bread of heaven – and that is too much for some.  But Jesus is committed to the Father, not to having a huge following.

  • Jesus feeds those who are hungry, not those who are satisfied
  • Jesus is building His Church, not a social club
  • Jesus requires committed people, not talented people
  • Only committed people can carry the light of Christ in the face of the darkness that is coming

Lectionary: 1 Kings 19:1-8; Psalm 34; Ephesians 4:25-32; John 6:24-35

Referenced Scriptures: Luke 4:16-30; Acts 13:44-47

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnHZAkwRHyqD7anC5

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Many are called, but few are chosen

Sermon 05 Aug 2018

Many are called, but few are chosen by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: The Israelites partook of the manna in the desert, yet they failed to enter the promised land which God had chosen specifically for them.  We partake of the Body and Blood of Christ … will we enter into our promised inheritance?  You are called; you have come; you will eat and be satisfied.  But when the time comes to enter into all that your loving Father has prepared specifically for you … will you be chosen?

Lectionary: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Psalm 78:14-25; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6; John 6:24-35

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 22:14

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnHDdgkk_b3axpzYP

The giants vs the promise

Sermon 29 Jul 2018

The giants vs the promise by Fr. Terry Gensemer, CECforLife

Simple Summary:  A people who seek the purpose and will of God … are a people who will see the power and the strength of God.  You must have a vision.  Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.  There are no giants bigger than God.  You must continue to have faith in God.

Lectionary: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:1-21; Ephesians 3:20-4:6; John 6:1-12 (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Numbers 13:1-33

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnG8KbpDgUuVxWoLW

Will you come?

Sermon 22 Jul 2018

Will you come? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God warns shepherds who abuse their  flocks that they will be punished, but promises to establish new shepherds under our Saviour.  The Good Shepherd interrupts His plans to minister to His sheep.  Are we willing to interrupt our plans when He calls us?  He is calling; He has laid out His banquet; we are invited.  Will we come?

Lectionary: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:13-22; Mark 6:30-34

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 22:1-10

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnG5aT6PPCEYDBJo_

To be something you have never been

Sermon 15 Jul 2018

To be something you have never been by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  In Amos’ day, God was looking for men and women whose lives matched the plumb line He had set.  Jesus showed what happens when He finds them.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, “suddenly we are no longer what we were; suddenly we are something we never used to be” – St. Gregory the Great, Forty Gospel Homilies, 30.

Lectionary: Amos 7:7-15; Psalm 85:1-13; Ephesians 1:7-14; Mark 6:7-13

Referenced Scriptures:

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnG0Fw-K84Jwaqf2V

Once upon a time

Sermon 01 Jul 2018

Once upon a time by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Are you so busy living the life you have received as a gift from God, that you have no time or energy to spend with the One who gave you that gift? To receive wisdom and counsel from the Holy Spirit, revelation as to what your life is for, and guidance in how to most effectively use what you have been given?  Where your time is spent, there your heart will be also.

Lectionary: Lamentations 3:22-33; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Mark 5:25-34

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 6:19-21

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnGUp8LKjB_B2W5VN

Are you hungry?

Sermon 24 Jun 2018  (ICCEC Foundation Day)

Are you hungry? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Ezekiel’s prophesying did not make the dry bones live, God did.  We have been dry bones.  Will we listen?  Will we respond?  Jesus didn’t do many works in His hometown because of their unbelief.  What about us – is Jesus the problem, or are we?

Lectionary: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 19:1-14; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Mark 16:15-20

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 13:1-58; Matthew 5:6; Matthew 23:37

Recording – Exhortation during worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnGFyYrmdn9nrEUE-

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnGI_8r20T4H4GAdE

Marriage is not easy

Sermon 23 Jun 2018  (celebrating Robbie & Marivic England’s 3 years of marriage)

Marriage is not easy by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Nothing in creation but a woman could be a suitable helpmate for man.  No two people are the same.  Marriage is God’s fusion of two people into one.

Lectionary: Genesis 2:7-9, 18-24; Psalm 128; 1 Corinthians 12:4-12; Matthew 19:1-6

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnGBhrB7ieX7jaQlc

To be a father …

Sermon 17 Jun 2018

To be a father … by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  To be a father, you must first be a husband.  You must be a shepherd to your flock (your family).  You must lay down your life for your sheep.

Lectionary: Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Mark 4:26-34  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:8-9; Ephesians 5:25-27; John 15:12-14; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnF-PdyF3zuJfSogJ

Ordinary time

Sermon 10 Jun 2018

Ordinary time by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Satan was humiliated by God because of mankind.  He hates us, and he comes to us in the unchanging sameness of “ordinary time” to convince us nothing is happening.  God comes to us as well, opening new doors of faith and ministry, but we must choose to walk through the doorway and then actually get up and do it!

Lectionary: Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130:1-8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Mark 3:20-30

Referenced Scriptures:  Hebrews 11:6; Revelation 3:20-21

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnF6V4uG90UbT2TZD