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Sermons from December 2023

The Christmas Feast

Rev. Doug Floyd Christmas DayRev. Doug Floyd God rest you merry! Gentlemen (and Gentlewomen). We’ve been invited to a feast. Twelve days of rejoicing alongside Mary and Joseph, of beholding with the shepherds, of singing with the Holy Innocents and all the saints, of kneeling with the wise men before the babe who holds the world in His hands. One moment we…

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…

Advent 3 – Rejoice!

Advent 3 – GaudeteRev. Doug FloydIsaiah 65:17–25, Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:12–28, John 3:22–30 Today is rejoice Sunday. All our readings are focused on joy.  I’ve spent the week reflecting on the word joy. Over the years, I’ve heard the word joy pitted against the word happiness. In fact, I might have even done it. But I’m comfortable with that. Nowadays, I…

Advent 2 – Comfort My People

Advent 2 Comfort My PeopleRev. Doug FloydIsaiah 40:1-11 Our message today is comfort. Isaiah 40 says, Comfort, Comfort, my people. And Isaiah is writing this to the exiles returning home. God is comforting his people. But his word is echoing across time to us today, speaking the word of comfort to the people who have known suffering and sorrow. Israel suffers in…

The End and the Beginning

The End and The BeginningAdvent 1, 2023Rev. Dr. Les Martin In the name of the living God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. We begin Advent today a season of preparation for the coming of the Lord. For those of you who are new to the liturgical tradition, you just need to know a couple of things small before…