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Danny Bryant preached a sermon entitled Celebrating Christmas” based on Luke 2:41-52 for the First Sunday after Christmas on December 30, 2012.

First Sunday after Christmas
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Psalm 148
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2:41-52

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled A Joyful Meetingbased on Luke 1:39-55 for the Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 23, 2012. Mary and Elizabeth rejoice in their encounter with each other and give testimony that God remembers and acts for those who recognize their need for Him.

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Micah 5:2-5
Luke 1:46-55
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled The Realism of Advent” for the Third Sunday of Advent on December 16, 2012. In a culture that overly sentimentalizes the holiday season, the realism of Advent can be a shock. But it helps us realize that the roots of Christian joy—sunk deep in the gospel; in the death and resurrection of Jesus, allow it to transcend even the evil, suffering and death we experience in this world.

The involvement of the church in the suffering of mankind must never be allowed to stifle that supreme note of resurrection triumph or to smother the eschatological joy at the astounding events that have broken into history and pledged for mankind the final day of regeneration. The church must learn to take into its mouth the Good News of the resurrection and new creation, for that must be its primary note, one of limitless joy and thanksgiving. 

T.F. Torrance      

Third Sunday of Advent
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-20

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled Holding Fast to Hope” from Luke 3:1-14 for the Second Sunday of Advent on December 9, 2012. God did not leave us to figure him out, to feel up toward Him, but rather He speaks to us, reveals Himself to us through Scripture. As we keep His word, our Trinitarian God comes to make His home with us. (John 14:22-23.

The collect for 2nd Advent is one of my favorites. It is an original composition of the English Reformer, Thomas Cranmer, and reflects the recovery of the primacy of Scripture at the time of the English Reformation:

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Second Sunday of Advent
Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 1:68-79
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-14

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled Come, Lord Jesus!” from Luke 21:25-36 for the First Sunday of Advent on December 2, 2012. The Ascension establishes a “pause” in the Jesus story, in which the church lives and works, proclaiming the Gospel to all nations and ages. During this time, God graciously allows the history of mankind to run its course so that the world may be given time to repent and believe. In this tension between the first and second coming, we are called to watch, to stay awake, to keep vigil and stay alert as we wait for His return. What does it mean to live in awareness of the Second Coming?

First Sunday of Advent
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled He Made Us to Be a Kingdomfrom Revelation 1:4-8 for Christ the King Sunday on November 25, 2012. What is unique and characteristic of the church is its identity conferred by Jesus Christ and its common life brought into being by the Holy Spirit. A church only has being in relationship to Christ. The church is a colony of heaven and a eucharistic community.

Last Sunday Before Advent-Christ the King
Daniel 7:9-14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1:4-8
John 18:33-37

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Rod McLain preached a sermon entitled The God Who Remembers based on 1 Samuel 1:4-20 for the Second Sunday before Advent on November 18, 2012. While it may seem that God has forgotten us in the midst of times of suffering and confusion, he hasn't. God remembers us and works on our behalf.

Second Sunday before Advent

1 Samuel 1:4-20
1 Samuel 2:1-10
Hebrews 10:11-25
Mark 13:1-8

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled Put Not Your Trust in Princes” for the Third Sunday before Advent on November 11, 2012. God's providential covenant with and care for the whole of Creation forms the backdrop for our understanding of His care and love for His people. Unlike power arrangements of this age, which are fleeting, and fickle, and unable to help, the God of the bible is the God who makes, who keeps, who initiates, who gives...

Third Sunday Before Advent

1 Kings 17:8-16

Psalm 146

Hebrews 9:24-28

Mark 10:46-52

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled The Gospel Travels Through Human Relationships” for All Saints Day on November 4, 2012. The history of God’s saving purposes is supremely a personal history focused on the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. We are part of a larger family, the communion of saints; a family of those who have embraced the story of Jesus, a family seeking to be shaped and transformed by those events, a larger family through whom the Gospel has been past down to us…and it has changed our lives.

All Saints Day
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6
John 11:32-44

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Brian Goodwin preached a sermon entitled Shining Light In Dark Places based on Mark 10:46-52 for the Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost on October 28, 2012. Just as Christ brought light into Bartimaeus' darkness, so He did and continues to do for us. We are called to bear this light to the dark places of our world.

May we who share Christ's body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.


Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

Job 42:1-6,10-17
Psalm 34:1-8 19-22
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52

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