Sermons on Matthew

November 22, 2020

“Sheep and Goats” Ezekiel 34:1113, 16, 20   Ephesians 1:15-23   Matthew 25:31-46 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. Today is Reign of Christ Sunday, also known as Christ the King Sunday. That means it is the final Sunday of the church year. Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Avent, and thus the start of a new church year. Next…

November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020 Them That’s Got Shall Get Judges 4:1-7 Matthew 25:14-30 So Billie Holliday wrote and sang: “Them’s that got shall get, Them’s that not shall lose” So the Bible Says. I have heard that line or variations of it over the years and it seems to indicate that those who have much will just keep getting more and those that have little will get less. Now, just what folks are talking about gaining and losing is not clear…

November 8, 2020

November 8, 2020 “Nothing New” Amos 5:18-24   1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   Matthew 25:1-13 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. There is a verse from the book of Ecclesiastes that says: What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun. So, there are a number of…

November 1, 2020

November 1, 2020 “Find Out What it Means to Me” Matthew 23:1-12 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Here is the conundrum which we face each week. I get to wear this robe and about my shoulders is this stole. Both have some significance but it sets me apart. Rev. Lisa wears a white robe. Nevertheless, here in front of this congregation we wear these robes.  I remember one time, a good friend in the congregation saw me in the narthex and I…

October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020 “Going with God” Isaiah 57:1-7   1 Thessalonians 1:1-10   Matthew 22:15-22 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. Several years ago I was having a conversation with a friend and the topic somehow turned to a very “hot button” issue. My friend and I respectfully expressed our opposing views on this hot-button topic – and then my friend…

October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020        Matthew 22:1-14 Here is a rather strange parable. Jesus says that here is what the Kingdom of Heaven is like…Now, if you are listening as I did. You would expect Jesus to tell a story of wonder and delight with rainbows and angels crowding round the gates of heaven. But listen to the parable: A king gives a wedding banquet for his son. This sounds delightful! The king sends his servants out to call all who…

October 4, 2020

October 4, 2020 “The Truth of the Matter” Isaiah 5:1-7   Philippians 3:10-14   Matthew 21:33-46 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. OK, I am going to start with a confession. I found this week’s scripture passages to be extremely challenging and difficult – they talk of murder and death and destruction – hardly “feel good” passages. However, not every passage…

September 27, 2020

September 27, 2020 Exodus 17:1-7 Matthew 21:23-32 Jesus entered the temple courts and while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” I was a student minister at a church out west. I was in the middle of my theological studies and took the my third year of studies to work full time for this church. I…

September 13, 2020

September 13, 2020 Genesis 50:15-21 Matthew 18:21-35 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” That is how it is recorded in the New International Version of the Bible but in the New English Bible it says, Jesus said to him, “I tell you not up to seven times, but up to…

September 6, 2020

September 6, 2020 “Where Two or Three are Gathered” Ezekiel 33:10-11   Romans 13:8-14   Matthew 18:15-20 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Certainly, in these days of social distancing and adapting to life during a pandemic, these words of Jesus can take on…

August 23, 2020

Exodus 1:8-2:10 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” I am struck by two things, the first of which is the image of Peter being the rock on which the church of Jesus is built. The second is that Jesus invokes the notion of Hades or Hell in this passage. Not even Hades will be able to…

August 16, 2020

August 16, 2020 “Do the Right Thing” Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:10-20    In our Old Testament passage for today, God instructs the people, through the prophet Isaiah, to “maintain justice” and “do what is right.” When I read those words my mind immediately went to a movie my children and I recently watched. Over the course of these past months of sheltering in place I have been very grateful to have my children with me. And…
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