Sermons

12/11/16 — John the Baptist and the Advent of Hope

Sermon / December 11, 2016  / Anne Richards /  Matthew 11:2-11 /  We met John the Baptist in last week’s gospel, and somehow, in the space of a week, he's landed in prison. What has happened? How did an eccentric preaching about repentance out in the wilderness end up...

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12/4/16 — Repentance and the Future

Sermon / December 4, 2016 / Anne Richards / Matthew 3:1-12 /  John the Baptist says that, in Jesus, God is about to do a brand new thing, and that to prepare for it we have to change. We have to repent. Twenty or thirty years ago, churches talked a lot about...

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11/27/16 — Advent

Sermon / November 27, 2016  / Anne Richards  /  Matthew 24:36-44 /  Advent always begins with a gospel about the end of time, the Final Judgment, and the coming of the Lord. Finally, after all the pain of human history, God is going to make things right. Every gospel,...

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11/24/16 — Jesus Comes from Within

Sermon / November 24, 2016 / Anne Richards /  John 6:25-35 /  I love that the gospel for Thanksgiving Day is not a gospel that tells us to be thankful for what we have. Instead, it tells us - in a beautifully indirect way - what we have to be thankful for. Jesus and...

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11/20/16 — Christ the King

Sermon / November 20, 2016 / Anne Richards  /  Jeremiah 23:1-6 /  Today is the last Sunday of the church year. We have finished the great annual cycle of Biblical stories about the power of God’s intervention in history. Next Sunday, the cycle begins again. But today...

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11/13/16 — All Will Be Thrown Down

Sermon / November 13, 2016 / Anne Richards  /  Luke 21:5-19 /  When you’re looking at a Bible passage and trying to figure out what it means, it’s always a good idea to look at what immediately precedes it in the Scriptures. And what precedes today’s gospel is the...

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