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Advent is Hope – Fresh new beginnings

Second Sunday of Advent - December 10, 2017 Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:25-26 As we try to grasp this week’s Advent reading, one can’t help but ask, what’s up? Last week we started out Advent season in the book of Daniel in the middle of a raging fire and now we’re taken to a bone yard? This is beginning to feel more like Halloween than Christmas. And yet, just like last week, it’s clear that...
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They wouldn’t bow, they wouldn’t bend, they wouldn’t burn

First Sunday of Advent - December 3, 2017 Daniel 3:1, 8-30 [selected verses] and John 18:36-37 I have a question for you today. Does anybody know how old the lowly marshmallow is? 50 years? Maybe 200 years? Would you believe the marshmallow was around before Columbus discovered America? Marshmallows actually date back to ancient Egypt.  It’s even possible that when Jesus, Mary and Joseph were th...
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Re-form is an ancient act

Reign of Christ Sunday - November 26, 2017 Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14 and John 14:27 During the last half of the 6th century BCE, a young Israelite, named Jeremiah, received a call to prophesy. The role of a prophet in ancient Israel was to be a spokesperson who would serve as a channel of communication between the human and the divine worlds. Jeremiah was reluctant to fill the role of a prophet, prote...
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One body of Christ—our Strength in Worship

All Saints' Sunday - November 5, 2017 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (Heather) How do Dayspring’s many parts, body parts if you will, work together to put meaning into our worship together? First we need to take a side bar and explain something to you today. Many people who worship here at Dayspring pose questions regularly of how we operate as a faith community. One of Session’s goals is to keep ...
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Is there a need to ‘climb’ the ladder? (Reformation 500)

21st Sunday after Pentecost - October 29, 2017 1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13; John 2:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 So much is happening in chapter 8 of 1st Kings that we almost want to get dressed up and celebrate! It’s a big day… moving the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, into the inner sanctuary of the most holy place in the temple, under the wings of the cherubim and the cherubim spread their wings ...
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God Calls David

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost - October 22, 2017 Scripture: I Samuel 16:1-13 Prayer: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God. Amen. I start with some disclaimers. This is a sermon about politics. It’s not intended as a politically partisan sermon – but I am passionately partisan. The sermon is about the relationship betw...
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Here I am, Lord

19th Sunday after Pentecost - October 15, 2017 1 Samuel 3:1-21 and John 20:21-23 I vividly recall the year after my high school graduation when I sensed being called to something along the lines of pastoral ministry. It was a niggling inside of me; I wasn’t really sure what to make of it. At the time I was doing military service so I didn’t really give it serious thought and effectively brushed ...
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Reflect …and calculate

18th Sunday after Pentecost - October 8, 2017 (Thanksgiving Sunday) Exodus 16:1-18 and John 6:51 Oprah Winfrey is quoted to have said: “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” Reflect… What a perfect time to reflect, to take stock of our lives, to ponder, to be thankful, to truly think of all th...
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Who is it that calls me to faith?

17th Sunday after Pentecost - October 1, 2017 Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17 and John 8:58 Who is it that brings me to faith? Is God just some far-off divine entity who is impossible to reach? The God that worked miraculously in the lives of impatient Abraham, faltering Isaac and conniving Jacob. Is this the very same God that affected the lives of just regular folk like missionaries, preachers...
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There is so much hope amidst calamity

16th Sunday after Pentecost - September 24, 2017 (Presbyterians Sharing Sunday) Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17 and John 1:50-51 The last two weeks we have been looking at the book of Genesis, the start of the Bible. On September 10 we saw how God is the provider of new beginnings, God creating something spectacular out of nothing. The next week we explored Isaac being brought by his father, Abr...
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