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Sermons by Rev. Doug Floyd

Glory and Decay

Pentecost +5Rev. Doug Floyd2 Corinthians 5 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2) We are created for glory. We are moving in and toward glory. In 2 Corinthians, Paul says that…

Sabbath

Pentecost +2Rev. Doug FloydDeuteronomy 5:6-21, 2 Corinthians 4:1-12, Mark 2:23-28 Today we have the privilege of revisiting the 10 Words from the book of Deuteronomy. Our Gospel reading recounts the disciples plucking heads of grain in a grainfield on the Sabbath. These readings draw me to revisit the glory and wonder of Sabbath-keeping. Over fifteen years ago, I was drawn to meditate…

Trinity Sunday

Rev. Doug Floyd Trinity SundayRev. Doug FloydExodus 3:1-6, Psalm 93, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-16 Today we come to the center of our confession: the Trinity. It is often said that pastor usually invite someone else to preach on this day. I like to think about what Alister McGrath once said at a conference on the Trinity. He said, “The Trinity is not…

Easter 4 – Barnabas

Easter 4 2024Rev. Doug FloydActs 4:23-37 Peter and John have been released by the Sanhedrin. They return to the community of believers in Jerusalem. The whole community joins together in prayer, asking God for boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and God’s blessing to stretch out His hand to heal and reveal signs and wonders that glorify His name. As they are praying,…

Easter 3

Easter 3Rev. Doug Floyd1 John 1:1-2:2 During this Eastertide, I am reflecting on how the Apostles were changed after the Resurrection and after Pentecost in particular. The story begins on the day Jesus rises from the dead. We find the disciples behind a locked door, hiding in fear of the Jews. Last week, our readings pointed to Peter. Jesus suddenly stands amid…

Easter 2

Easter 2, 2024Rev. Doug FloydActs 3:12, 13-15,17-26; John 20:19-31 The disciples are huddled behind a locked door for fear of the Jews. Suddenly Jesus stands in their midst, saying “Peace be with you.” He tells these frail and fearful disciples that He is sending them out. They are His witnesses. Jump ahead seven weeks and these same frail and fearful disciples are…

Palm Sunday

Rev. Doug Floyd Palm SundayRev. Doug FloydMark 15:1-39 Today marks the beginning of Holy Week. The Gospel today is sort of an overture for the whole week. The lectionary gives us the option of reading a shorter reading that includes Mark 15:1-39. If we choose the longer reading, we begin in Mark 14 and continue through vs 47 of 15. This reading…

Last Sunday After Epiphany

Last Sunday of EpiphanyRev. Doug FloydMark 9:2-9 On the last Sunday of Epiphany each year, we return to the story of Transfiguration. Mark tells us that Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain. And He was transfigured before them. His clothes became radiant. Moses and Elijah appeared with Him, talking with Jesus. The disciples were terrified and in some…