Breathing Out

Baptism of Our Lord (transferred) Sunday, January 14, 2018 Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: 1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then […]

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Another Set of Footprints

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Epiphany of Our Lord (transferred) Sunday, January 7, 2018 1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come […]

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Enough is Enough

First Sunday of Christmas December 31, 2017 Listen to the gospel reading and sermon here:   22When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, [Joseph and Mary] brought [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn […]

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Holy Disruption

Christmas Eve 2017 1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, […]

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Finding Your Voice

3rd Sunday of Advent December 17, 2017 Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to […]

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A Different Kind of Highway

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Second Sunday of Advent December 10, 2017 Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: 1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.   2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,  “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,   who will prepare your way;  3the voice of one […]

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Rending the Fabric of Our Reality

First Sunday of Advent December 3, 2017  1O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,   so that the mountains would quake at your presence—  2as when fire kindles brushwood   and the fire causes water to boil—  to make your name known to your adversaries,   so that the nations might tremble at your presence! […]

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Kinship with Jesus

Reign of Christ Sunday  November 26, 2017 In addition to my sermon below, if you have time for a podcast, check out the Nov. 26 rebroadcast of On Being’s interview of Fr. Greg Boyle. Though today’s gospel reading is mentioned specifically at the end, it echoes throughout the entire interview. Listen to the gospel reading […]

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Risking Failure

Sunday, November 19, 2017 24th Sunday after Pentecost This weekend members of Immanuel, including Pastor Steven, traveled to Christ the King Lutheran Church in Gladwin, MI, our partner congregation in the Face-to-Face project. We volunteered together at the community food distribution, shared meals together, stayed in their homes, worshipped with them, and joined them for […]

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Prepared for Abundance

Sunday, November 12, 2017 23rd Sunday after Pentecost  Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: [Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their […]

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