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Fear Not! With God All is Possible!

Traditional sermon Advent 4 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). Today’s gospel lesson on the Annunciation is probably a very familiar story to most Christians, especially during Advent as we await to celebrate the birth of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, on…

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The angel (Gabriel) said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will…

Art for Advent

St. Peter’s is home to a lot of talent and skill and this year the church solicited for art from members to be included in the bulletin. Artists were encouraged to choose themes related to Advent or Christmas and submissions were used as bulletin covers and art throughout our worship aids. Below are scans or…

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For in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’  (1 Corinthians 1:20) God’s promise of salvation is seen through the eyes of two biblical saints in our lessons today. In our New Day lesson from Luke 1 we see Mary saying “Yes” to the angel who visits her with the news of the gift…

Ballerinas and Bears

traditional sermon    advent 2 If it is Advent, then it is time for a story.  And if you have been with us at St. Peter’s for a while, you have heard a number of stories whose themes tie in with our Advent season.  This year I will read again from my favorite resource ……

Light in Darkness

Every December (sometimes starting on the last Sunday in November), we in the church begin a season of preparation, Advent. This odd time seems so counter-cultural these days. With Christmas and other holiday decorations creeping out earlier and earlier, carols blaring from mall speakers, and radio stations infesting our cars with sentimental words about roasting…

Christ in the Crisis

traditional sermon advent 1 When I was 6 years old I went to Immanuel Lutheran School in Danbury Connecticut. At the time it was a small Lutheran school with about 25 kids per grade. Maybe a month into our school year I recall bringing a t-shirt to school for show and tell. It was a…

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Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” -Mark 13:35-37 Stir up your power, and…

What If the Messenger Named You?

Advent 4 Traditional Worship So what it’s in a name really. Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In that very brief prayer that I begin every sermon with we call out the names Lord, Our Rock, and Our Redeemer. Three different…

O Antiphons

The hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is based on a series of Antiphons (a short sentence sung or recited before or after a psalm or canticle) that were appointed for the last days of Advent. Each of these “O Antiphons” describes the coming Savior using imagery from the Old Testament prophecies which foretold of…