Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
Sermon: I Cannot Stoop Down to His Level
Sermon Text: Mark 1:7-8
He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Scripture: Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40
Sermon: Single Purpose
Sermon Text: Luke 2: 25-26; 36-28
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20
Sermon: Christmas Wrapping
Sermon Text: Luke 2:12
“This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”
Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
Sermon: Let it Be with Me
Sermon Text: Luke 1:38
Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; Mark 1:1-8
Sermon: Weeping Leads to Joyful Reaping
Sermon Text: Psalm 126: 5-6
Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 1:8-9
He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Scripture: Amos 5: 18-24; Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18; Matthew 25: 1-13
Sermon: Show Up Oily, or at Least be on Time
Sermon Text: Matthew 25:9
But the wise replied, ‘No! There will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’
Scripture: Revelation 7: 9-17, Psalm 34, 1 John 3: 1-3, Matthew 5: 1-12
Sermon: From the Inside Looking Out
Sermon Text: 1 John 3:2-3
Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Scripture: Jeremiah 31: 31-34, Psalm 46, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36
Sermon: The Gel Pen
Sermon Text: Jeremiah 31:33-34
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Scripture: Isaiah 45:1-7, Psalm 96:1-9, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22
Sermon: Walk Toward the Light or the Dark
Sermon Text: Matthew 22:22
When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.