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Sermons on Luke

Candlemas

Rev. Dr. Les Martin Candlemas 2024Rev. Dr. Les MartinLuke 2:22–40 In the name of the living God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Man. It was known as the Second Temple that they came to that day. The first Temple built by Solomon in the year 1000, had been destroyed by the Babylonians in the year 586. And they did…

Christmas Eve 2023

Rev. Dr. Les Martin Christmas Eve 2023Rev. Dr. Les Martin In the name of the living God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. A little town of Bethlehem how still we see the lie. When I think of it, Bethlehem is kind of hazy. Looking through the windows of probably faux snow painted on, and the palm trees because…

Advent 4 – Mary Servant of the Lord

Advent 4Rev. Doug Floyd (delivered by Kelly Floyd)Luke 1:26-38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) Last week we rehearsed the prayer of John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Today we come to the power and beauty of Mary’s prayer, “Behold, I am…

Ascension of Jesus Christ

Rev. Dr. Les Martin Ascension 2023Rev. Dr. Les MartinLuke 24:44–53 In the name of the living God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Amen. Isaiah is five weeks of age and I already don’t know my son. For the first two weeks right after his birth and then when we were back in the hospital, yes, I knew almost…

Easter 3 – Meeting Jesus

Easter 3 2023Rev. Dr. Les MartinLuke 24:13–35 One of the interesting things about moving back to this region after all these years away, I’ve now spent more of my life outside of East Tennessee than I did here, even though I grew up here. And one of the particularly interesting things about moving to this side of town is I have occasion…

Annunciation

AnnunciationRev. Doug FloydIsaiah 7:10-14, Luke 1:46-55, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:26-38 Gabriel suddenly appears to Mary with the word, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” [1] This moment is charged with glory and holy terror, and the angel immediately calms Mary with the words, “Do not fear for you have found favor with God.” Before Mary can say a word,…

Feast of the Holy Name

Feast of the Holy NameChristmas 2Rev. Doug FloydExodus 34:1-9, Psalm 8, Romans 1:1-7, Luke 2:15-21 Today the church celebrates the eighth day after the birth of Jesus. On this day, Mary and Joseph took the baby to the Temple for circumcision and to officially name Him Jesus. We pause and reflect on the sacred name of Jesus. We read and sing the…

Christmas Eve

Rev. Doug Floyd Christmas Eve 2022Rev. Doug FloydLuke 2:1-38 Caesar Augustus decrees that all the world should be registered.  “All the world” As “all the world travels” to their own towns, Joseph and Mary arrive in Bethlehem, and she gives birth to a son and wraps him in swaddling cloths and lays him in a manger. This little baby in a tiny…

My Redeemer Lives

22nd Sunday After Pentecost – November 6, 2022Fr. Rob Goebel Luke 20:27-38 Let’s Pray. Heavenly Father, you gave your apostles grace truly to believe and to preach your word: Grant that we might love what they believed and preach whey taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  Imagine with me for a minute a dark planet. Cold and forbidding. A place where everyone…

All Saints Sunday

All Saints SundayRev. Michelle Floyd One of my favorite artworks around All Saints Day is Fra Angelico’s piece entitled “The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs,” which Father Doug used on the front of the bulletin today. I love that the saints in the paintings have personality, carry items that identify them, and are focused on something beyond the perspective of…