December 30, 2010 Leave a comment
You can read my sermon for January 2, 2011 by clicking this link: 2 Christmas Yr A
Thoughts, sermons, & scribbles of a Lutheran pastor.
December 21, 2010 1 Comment
As much as I like the layout-template of my WordPress blog, I and others with older eyes likely find the font size of the posts small and difficult to read. I’ve tried editing the font size, but, alas, don’t seem to be able to find the size that fits this template well. So, you can read my sermon for Christmas Eve-Day by clicking on this link: Christmas Eve Yr A
If you’d like to leave a comment on whether or not you prefer reading the sermon in pdf or in the body of a regular post, please do so. Thank you, and may the joy, love and peace of Christ be yours as you celebrate Christmas.
December 16, 2010 Leave a comment
Prayer of the Church, 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A
P: Advent God: We praise and thank you for the word of promise spoken long ago by your prophet Isaiah; as he bore the good news of the birth of Immanuel–so may we be bearers of the good news that Immanuel comes to be with us. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.
P: Shepherd of Israel: Like your chosen people who suffered at the hands of their enemies and cried to you in times of exile; so we cry out to you in our suffering and when we live in the exile of our sin and the powers of evil that threaten to destroy us. Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.
P: God of Prophets and Apostles: We praise and thank you for calling prophets like Isaiah and apostles like Paul who faithfully proclaimed your Word to Jews and Gentiles. We also thank and praise you for calling us to a life of faith; may your Spirit of holiness work in and through us to inspire us with your grace and peace to share wherever you have called us to serve you. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.
P: Saviour of the World: We thank and praise you for the faithfulness of Joseph, who listened to and acted in faith as your messenger spoke to him in a dream; so may we be attentive to your messengers speaking to us that we too may act in faith to accomplish your divine purposes; trusting that Emmanuel-God is with us. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.
P: King of kings and Lord of lords: Grace the leaders of nations with your wisdom that they govern with justice, mercy, and peace; especially today we remember: Queen Elizabeth, our Prime Minister and Members of Parliament, our Premier and Members of the Legislative Assembly, our Mayor and Council Members, and the leaders and peoples of Haiti, Sudan, North and South Korea, Burma, and El Salvador. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.
P: Great Physician: In love and mercy you stretch out your hands to heal those who suffer from all manner of illness and disease. We pray for all who are sick, shut-in, hospitalized, dying, mourning their dead, depressed or lonely, especially: [names]. God of love: C: Hear our prayer.
(Additional thanksgivings and intercessions may be included here, ending with: God of love: C: Hear our prayer.)
P: Into your loving care we commend all for whom we pray; trusting in your all-sufficient grace; through Jesus our Immanuel; who together with the Spirit of Holiness we worship and adore; one God, who comes to be with us in every age. ALL: Amen.
December 10, 2010 Leave a comment
Prayer of the Church, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A
P: God of Reversals and New Life: We praise and thank you for the joyful vision that you gave your ancient prophet Isaiah. Nature reveals your glory and sings for joy whenever you restore it with new, abundant life. The weak and blind, the deaf and lame, the voiceless shall be healed and sing your praises. A highway for God’s redeemed people shall lead them to joyfully sing their way to Zion. God of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.
P: God of All Generations: With joy we celebrate your rule over all of creation and your saving grace to the oppressed and the hungry; those in prison and the blind; those bowed down and the righteous; strangers, orphans and widows. May we also care for and love those most vulnerable in our midst. God of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.
P: Most Patient God: In a fast-paced world of immediate gratifications, grant us patience and help us to learn from the ancient prophets and other people of faith who suffered and were patient by trusting in you at all times. God of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.
P: Jesus our Coming Messiah: We, like John, at times struggle with doubts and are tempted to look in the wrong places to wait for someone other than you. Forgive us, set us straight, and remind us of your saving work whenever: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. May we be blessed by not taking offense at you and, like John, during this Advent season, prepare to celebrate your coming. God of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.
P: God of Israel and the Gentile Nations: Grant wisdom and grace to Queen Elizabeth, and the leaders of all nations; that they may govern with justice and work for peace—especially today we pray for the governments and Christian Churches in: Israel and Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North and South Korea, Burma, Zimbabwe, and Sudan, as well as our nation, Canada. God of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.
(Additional petitions and thanksgivings may be offered here, ending with: of mercy: C: Come, and fill us with your joy.)
P: God of Mercy: With joy, humility and awe we appeal to you for your hearing of these and all other prayers that serve you and your holy purposes; through Jesus our Coming Messiah; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. ALL: Amen.
December 5, 2010 Leave a comment
Last Sunday I was celebrant and doing pulpit supply for my Anglican colleague at St Barnabas Anglican, while we recorded this video for the Silent Night Project to raise funds for Anglican chaplains in the Armed Forces. The Selah Singers were are also singing with the congregation here.
December 2, 2010 Leave a comment
Prayer of the Church, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A
P: God of Peace: We praise and thank you for the beautiful vision of Shalom that you gave your prophet Isaiah in ancient times and continues to inspire us today. A vision that foresees the stump and branch of Jesse ushering in perfect justice and righteousness; removing the sinful, aggressive nature in all of creation; abolishing war and violence; a time when they will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.
P: God of Peace: In a world of greed, injustice and war; defend the cause of the poor; deliver the needy; crush all oppression and may your glory fill the whole earth. Bestow your grace upon our Queen, Elizabeth, our Prime Minister and Members of Parliament, our Premier and Members of the Legislative Assembly, our Mayor and City Council; and the governments of every nation; that they may be instruments of your justice and peace in the world. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.
P: God of Peace: You deeply desire harmony and good will between your chosen people, the Jews and the Gentiles. Help us together, with one voice to glorify and praise your name as we worship you within these walls and through lives devoted to serving you. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.
P: God of Peace: As John the Baptizer was the voice of one crying out in the wilderness to prepare his people for the way of the Lord; so, too, do we feel like lonely voices crying out in the wilderness filled with sin and evil all around us. Grant us the courage to be faithful in the face of adversity and unbelief. With your Holy Spirit’s power working in us, may we live out our baptismal covenant. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.
P: God of Peace: During this season of Advent as we prepare for Christmas, may we care for the most needy and vulnerable in our midst, especially: the poor, widows and orphans, the unemployed, the homeless, those suffering from addictions, the prisoners, those struggling with loneliness and depression. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.
(Here other petitions and thanksgivings may be included, ending with: Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.)
P: God of Peace: All of these things and whatever else is needful and wholesome for us; we pray, in the name of Jesus who comes to reign as Prince of Peace. ALL: Amen.