Christ is King! Really?

Sermon 21 November 2021 (Christ the King)

Christ is King! Really? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Christ is King! Is Christ truly the King? Is He your King? Or is He just a ceremonial figurehead? Consider the United Kingdom….

Lectionary:  Daniel 7:9-10,13-14; Psalm 93; Hebrews 1:1-8; John 18:33-37

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 12:28; Matthew 15:6-9; John 2:23-25; John 19:13-15; Hebrews 12:25-29; Revelation 12:10-12

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From deception to destiny

Sermon 14 November 2021 (Proper 27)

From deception to destiny by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We hear a lot about protection and “keeping safe” in our day. But the real danger isn’t covid, physical harm, or even death. It is being deceived – deceived about our faith.

Lectionary:  Daniel 12:1-10; Psalm 16:1-11; Hebrews 10:19-25; Mark 13:5-13

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 16:24; Revelation 3:16; Matthew 22:37-39; Proverbs 27:17

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Do you want to be healed?

Sermon 07 November 2021 (Proper 27)

Do you want to be healed? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Things are not what they seem. Jesus used the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath to challenge the people in His hometown of Nazareth. They saw Him as the boy who grew up among them, and their inability to see beyond that fact prevented them from receiving all that Jesus wanted to give. If you long for Jesus’ healing touch you must be willing to let Him change how you see things.

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

Referenced Scriptures: 1 Kings 17:1-7; Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:23-30; Mark 6:2-5; Matthew 13:54-58; John 5:1-9; 2 Peter 1:3; Luke 6:46

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I am real, and I’m serious

Sermon 31 October 2021 (Proper 26)

I am real, and I’m serious by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  “These commandments that I give you today…. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” But don’t stop at the symbols: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” Jesus’ body and blood are not symbols, but real. It’s not enough to be “not far from the Kingdom of God”. Live in the Kingdom!

Lectionary:  Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalm 119:1-8; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34

Referenced Scriptures: 1 John 4:8; Matthew 28:18; John 14:15; John 21:15-17

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Love without a hook

Sermon 24 October 2021 (Proper 25)

Love without a hook by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We long for the Lord to restore our fortunes. In truth we long for perfection: for riches, for happiness, for security, for health, for absence of pain and hardship. It has been bought for us and we will receive it one day, but it was purchased at great cost. What are we to do until it comes? We are called – destined – to sow, even with tears….

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

Referenced Scriptures: 1 John 3:16-18; Philippians 4:19; 1 John 4:8; Mark 12:42; Luke 5:4-7

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The path of life

Sermon 17 October 2021 (Proper 24)

The path of life by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The Psalmist says to God, “You will show me the path of life”. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the path, and while we cannot be anyone’s savior we are called to live Jesus’ life in many ways. James and John were eager to celebrate the finish line of life; Jesus pointed them to the path required to reach it.

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

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 6:40; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:16-21; Psalm 16:11; John 14:6; Ezekiel 16:42; Hebrews 12:6; Mark 14:36; Luke 9:23; Matthew 7:13-14

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Are you stiff-arming God?

Sermon 10 October 2021 (Proper 23)

Are you stiff-arming God? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We like to think God is with us. We find comfort in that thought. Sometimes we claim the promise, “God is with us”, and it is true…to a point. He promises to never leave us or forsake us, but if we are going our own way He will not provide a smooth way forward. We must be with Him, which requires an intimacy that too many believers fear. Are you one of them? Are you pushing God away?

Lectionary:  Amos 5:6-15; Psalm 90:1-17; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:17-27

Referenced Scriptures: Psalm 46:7; Deuteronomy 31:6-8; Joshua 1:5; 1 Chronicles 28:20; Hebrews 13:5; John 15:4; John 17:3; Exodus 34:6-7; Hebrews 11:6

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Maturity: becoming like Jesus

Sermon 03 October 2021 (Proper 22)

Maturity: becoming like Jesus by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God drew from the first Adam’s side Eve, the one who would become his wife. Blood and water (Eucharist and Baptism) flowed from the second Adam’s side, wherein God created the Church to become the bride of Christ. In these sacraments – both Eucharist and Matrimony – God works to make the two into one. What does that mean for us as individual disciples? How does it change us, the local church?

Lectionary:  Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8:1-9; Hebrews 2:10-13; Mark 10:2-16

Referenced Scriptures: Ephesians 5:31-32; Luke 6:20; Luke 6:40; Matthew 16:24; Matthew 10:38; James 4:1-4; 2 Kings 20:1-21; Colossians 3:1-3; 1 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 5:12-13; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Matthew 20:28; Luke 10:30-37; 1 Corinthians 11:27; Ephesians 4:15

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God gives to all, but not all receive


Sermon 26 September 2021 (Proper 21)

God gives to all, but not all receive by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus warns that anyone who “causes one of these little ones—those who believe in Me —to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.” Then He immediately addresses the things that cause you to stumble, and thus shows that when one causes others to stumble it is most often because that one is stumbling themselves. This is critical, because Jesus came to heal the sick, not the well. If we think we are well when we are not, we will miss Jesus’ offer of healing for our bodies, our souls, and our ministry.

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

Referenced Scriptures: Mark 2:17; Mark 6:1-6a; Luke 14:20; 1 John 3:9; John 1:29; Luke 14:16-24; John 7:37-38

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Wisdom and arrogance can’t live together in one mind

Sermon 19 September 2021 (Proper 20)

Wisdom and arrogance can’t live together in one mind by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, impressed God with his selfless humility. He chose wisdom over riches, wealth, honor or life. His proverbs instruct us to search for wisdom as we would for treasure. But beware of arrogance: it can lead even wisdom astray.

Lectionary:  Proverbs 2:1-9; Psalm 54:1-7; James 3:13-18; Mark 9:30-37

Referenced Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 1:11-12; 1 Corinthians 2:14; James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:5-6

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