Christmas Eve Sermon

(Here’s the sermon I preached on Christmas Eve in response to the passages of Scripture from Isaiah 9 and Luke 2.) 2020 has been one heck of a year, hasn’t it?  You could probably spend about an hour listing all the terrible things that have happened this year.  Things that have...
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Unlikely Spokespeople

(This is the sermon I preached on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in response to the Psalm and Gospel Readings – both from Luke. They were the Annunciation and the Magnificat. You can find the full service on the church website – ststephenlc.org) If you were going to have someone...
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Prayer for December 17, 2020

Prayer for December 17, 2020: Please pray with me. God of grace, we need what you give to us. We are in desperate need of your grace. Help us when we deal with demanding people who are never satisfied. Help us to see the image of God in them....
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Demanding more

Let’s acknowledge something unpleasant. There are people that will always demand more, will never be satisfied, will never quit even if you give them everything they want from you. It will never be enough. It will never be considered done right. And it will never be considered done with...
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Prayer for December 16, 2020

Prayer for December 16, 2020: Please pray with me. God who forms us, you built your image right into us. Some have trouble accepting this. Many more have trouble seeing your image in others – especially their enemies and anyone who is different in any way. But your image...
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The power of a label

Labels tell us many things. When it comes to a product, a label can give us important information – like what the product is, who made it, what is contained in it, and what caution we should have with the item. Labels like that can be helpful. Labels on...
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Homelessness in PA

Laura Benshoff of Keystone Crossroads wrote a great article covering the challenge of homelessness, the coming tsunami of evictions, and more. You can read the article at the link below or listen to the report that was on NPR last week. I was fortunate enough to contribute some material...
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