November 19, 2018

Seeing God at Work

Note from CM: This is an adaptation of a funeral sermon I gave this week. The theme was designed to represent both the character of the deceased and those who cared for her in her final season of life. I commended them as people who consistently displayed down-to-earth, practical, faithful, and genuine love. • • […]

Advent II Sermon: An Uncomfortable Awakening (+ a bonus song)

Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths […]

Advent I Sermon: Jesus’ “In-between” Coming

Mark 13:24-38 ‘But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. […]

One Final Bach Cantata: For Christ the King (+ a sermon)

• • • Today on Christ the King Sunday (a day of the Church Year that was not commemorated in Bach’s time), we present a magnificent chorus from Cantata BWV 43, Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen (God has gone up with a shout), which was written for Ascension Sunday. Since the gospel message is “How […]

Trinity 23: Cantata & Sermon of the Week

Cantata BWV 192, “Nun danket alle Gott” (Now Thank We All Our God) Now all thank God with heart, mouth and hands; He does great things for us and all our purposes; He for us from our mother’s womb and childish steps countless great good has done and still continues to do.   • • […]

Reformation Sunday 2017: Sermon & Cantata of the Week

Reformation Sunday 2017 Sermon & Cantata of the Week On this historic Sunday, I am actually preaching one of Martin Luther’s sermons (edited). I will be preaching the second “Invocavit” sermon, from March 10, 1522. See the history of these sermons below. It comes from a critical time in the Reformation, about a year after […]

Reformation 500: Sermon on Conversion (1Thess 1:1-10)

Sermon: Conversion (1 Thess 1:1-10) Reformation Principles in 1Thessalonians Introduction One of life’s most difficult realities is change. Most of us have a way of doing things, a pattern of life, habits, routines; and we find it hard to adjust those or go in different directions. We have proverbs that talk about how we get […]

Sermon: It’s hard to live in a world where life isn’t fair

SERMON: Matthew 20:1-16 ‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the […]

4th Sunday after Trinity: Sermon and Cantata of the Week

Today, I am preaching at our first church, in East Dover, Vermont. For today’s Sunday post, I include the text of my message along with a fitting and delightful aria from Bach’s cantata, “Merciful Heart of Eternal Love” (BWV 185). • • • SERMON: Friends in the Gospel (Philippians 1:1-11) Thirty-nine years ago, I was […]

Sermon: Light in the Midst of Religious Darkness (Lent IV)

SERMON: Lent IV Light in the Midst of Religious Darkness As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works […]