A Life Changing Story

December 24, 2019

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Christmas Eve
Luke 2:1-20

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Sources:

Wood, Charles. “Theological Perspective on Luke 2:1-20.” Feasting on the Word: Year A, Volume 1: Advent Through Transfiguration, Editors: David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor. Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, 2010.

Thurman, Howard. “The Inward Journey.” Friends United Press, Richmond, Indiana. 1961. P. 63.

Sacred Work, Sacred Ground

December 15, 2019

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A
Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:4-9

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Being Seeds

November 17, 2019

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Proper 28, Year C
Luke 21:5-19

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Gospel:

Luke 21:5-19

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”

They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, `I am he!’ and, `The time is near!’ Do not go after them.

“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

“But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.”

The Power of Persistence

October 20, 2019

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Proper 24, Year C
Luke 18:1-8; Genesis 32:22-31

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Gospel Text:

Luke 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, `Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, `Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.'” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

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