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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Miracle and Mystery of Christmas, Part 3” based on John 1:1-18 for The First Sunday of Christmas on December 29, 2013.   One of mysteries and miracles of Christmas is that we can become sons and daughters of God. God shares His very life with us through our union with Christ in the midst of the darkness and resistance of the world.

The First Sunday of Christmas

Isaiah 61:10-62:3 

Psalm 147:13-21 

Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7 

John 1:1-18

Direct download: Miracle_and_Mystery_Pt_3.mp3
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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Miracle and Mystery of Christmas, Part 2” based on Luke 2:1-20 for The Feast of the Incarnation on December 24, 2013.  "You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. 
When you took our flesh to set us free you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb."        

The Feast of the Incarnation

Isaiah 62:6-12 

Psalm 97 

Titus 3:4-7 

Luke 2:1-20

Direct download: Miracle_and_Mystery_Pt_2.mp3
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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Miracle and Mystery of Christmas” based on Matthew 1 for The Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 22, 2013.  Matthew wants us to pay attention to the mystery and miracle of Christmas, and each of his signs or markers reveal to us something of the strange and wonderful beauty of this miracle.     

The Fourth  Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 7:10-16 

Psalm 80:1-7,17-19 

Romans 1:1-7 

Matthew 1:18-25

Direct download: Miracle_and_Mystery.mp3
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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Strengthen Your Hearts” based on Matthew 11:2-11 and James 5:7-10 for The Third Sunday of Advent on December 15, 2013. Only as our hearts are established in the Gospel can we live in an imperfect world, with imperfect people, and with our own imperfection, with patience, hope, and gratitude. 

The Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 35:1-10 

Luke 1:46-55 

James 5:7-10 

Matthew 11:2-11

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “A Lifestyle of Repentance” based on Matthew 3:1-12 for The Second Sunday of Advent on December 8, 2013. When God enters our stories it often results in disruption and re-orientation. Such occassions can become opportunities for repentance.

The Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10 

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 

Romans 15:4-13 

Matthew 3:1-12

Direct download: Lifestyle_of_Repentance.mp3
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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Preparing for the Long Haul” based on Matthew 24:36-44 for The First Sunday of Advent on December 1, 2013. Jesus uses the disciples’ questions to train them to know how to wait in a world in which some presume they can read the signs of the time. Jesus is preparing his disciples for the long haul. The Gospel means that the future has invaded the present, endurance and waiting are the way of the followers of Jesus between the first and second advents.

The First Sunday ofAdvent

Isaiah 2:1-5 

Psalm 122 

Romans 13:11-14 

Matthew 24:36-44

Direct download: The_Long_Haul.mp3
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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Crucified King” based on Luke 1:68-79 for Christ The King Sunday on November 24, 2013. Jesus turns on concept of kingship upside down on Good Friday, and provides a paradigm for understanding times when God seems absent or inactive.

Christ The King Sunday

Jeremiah 23:1-10 

Luke 1:68-79 

Colossians 1:11-20 

Luke 23:33-43

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Brian Goodwin preached a sermon entitled “The Former Things Shall Not Be Remembered” based on Isaiah 65:17-25 for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time on November 17, 2013.  

The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 65:17-25
Isaiah 12:2-6

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

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Mary Maggard Hays preached a sermon entitled “Trying To Trap Jesus” based on Luke 20:20-40 for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time on November 10, 2013. As Jesus responds to various attempts to trap Him in theological conundrums, He reveals the richness of life that is offered in the Gospel.  

Mary is Canon to the Ordinary of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Haggai 1:15-2:9
Psalm 98

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:20-40

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Communion of Saints” for the All Saints Day on November 3, 2013. All Saints Day reminds us that the Gospel travels through human relationships.

All Saints Day

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 

Psalm 149 

Ephesians 1:11-23 

Luke 6:20-31

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