Why are you here?

Sermon 19 May 2019

Why are you here? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We are here to do the works of God.  To do His works we must know Him, know what is important to Him, and know what He wants for each of us and from each of us.  We are called to do greater works than Jesus did, but that is impossible unless we have the same attitude He did and are under authority as He was.  Faith is not commanding the circumstances of life to line up with our expectations; faith is living every moment of our lives in subjection to the authority of God.  Is that why you are here?

Lectionary:  Acts 13:44-52; Psalm 145:1-21; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Isaiah 61:1-4; John 6:28-29; Luke 6:46-49; Matthew 22:37-40; John 14:15-17; Luke 10:30-35; Hebrews 11:6; Luke 7:6-9; Luke 7:12-15; John 5:19; John 14:12

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Awake, O sleeper!

Sermon 12 May 2019

Awake, O sleeper! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus went about doing good and healing the people, yet He was put to death.  He committed no crime: people simply did not like what He was saying.  If we are Jesus’ disciples, some will not like what we say.  Wake from your slumber and be a true disciple!

Lectionary:  Acts 13:26-39; Psalm 23:1-6; Revelation 7:9-14; John 10:22-30

Referenced Scriptures:  Isaiah 53:3-9; Psalm 22:1-18; Psalm 69:7-9; John 18:38; Ephesians 5:14; Zechariah 4:6

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Contributing, or committed?

Sermon 05 May 2019

Contributing, or committed? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We are Christ’s body: what He did, we must also do.  Sometimes we must be blinded by the Truth before we can see it.  We can only succeed if we are committed.  To be committed is to be willing to suffer.  We are Christ’s body: what was done to Him will also be done to us.

Lectionary:  Acts 9:1-16; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-13; John 21:1-14

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 25:35-36, 40; Romans 8:29-30

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Where is the Church?

Sermon 28 Apr 2019

Where is the Church? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  After Christ’s crucifixion the disciples were hiding from the Sanhedrin behind locked doors.  Weeks later they were standing before the Sanhedrin boldly proclaiming Christ.  Something changed, and that something was Pentecost.  Pentecost marks the birth of the Church.  We are the Church, and our distinguishing characteristic is sacrificial love.

Lectionary:  Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 111; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 16:16; Acts 2:1-4; John 13:31-35; John 15:12-14; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

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For this life, or the next?

Sermon 21 Apr 2019  Easter Sunday

For this life, or the next? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: If Christ has not been raised from the dead, the Apostles’ testimonies are lies and their preaching – along with my preaching and your faith – is futile and you are still in your sins.  You can choose to live a futile life, or to live the eternal life for which you were designed.

Lectionary: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12

Referenced Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:12-18; Romans 12:1; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; Luke 14:16-24

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnkwUwH7lnBu62ojC

The way of the servant

Sermon 14 Apr 2019  Palm Sunday

The way of the servant by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: Everyone agrees there are great problems in our world today.  In the world, everyone’s answer to every problem is the same: “Everyone else must give me what I want, what I deserve.”  Jesus Christ has already provided the answer to every problem, but His answer is just the opposite of the world’s answer.

Lectionary: Luke 19:28-40; Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 31:1-24; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 23:1-25

Referenced Scriptures: John 19:1-3; Matthew 26:67-68; Matthew 27:28-31; Revelation 12:10; Luke 23:46; Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22:1; Luke 14:8-11; Luke 9:21-24; Mark 10:42-45

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Press on!

Sermon 07 Apr 2019

Press on! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: You are called to be like Jesus.  You must fight the world, the flesh, and the devil in order to move forward.  Trials will come, but joy will follow.  Don’t fight only against that which is painful; fight also against selfish pleasures which will hinder your faith far more than any sickness or disease.

Lectionary: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 8:2-11

Referenced Scriptures: Romans 8:28-29; Psalm 30:5b, 11-12; John 15:5; Philippians 4:13

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Confess!

Sermon 31 Mar 2019

Confess! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: We are greatly blessed when the Lord does not count our sins against us.  This is only possible because of Jesus Christ.  He paid it all, but there is one thing we must do: we must confess our sins.  We have been given the ministry of reconciliation, but we must first be reconciled to one another and to God.

Lectionary: Joshua 5:2-12; Psalm 32:1-11; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Referenced Scriptures: Isaiah 53:5-6; 1 John 1:5-10; 1 John 2:3-6; 1 John 2:9-11

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