Sermon for Advent 4 (Year B), December 20, 2020 (Luke 1:26-38)

Originally preached at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Setauket, New York. "The Annunciation" (1898) by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937). The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Public Domain. Perhaps it happened in the courtyard of the house while she was doing her chores, sweeping up leaves and dust to clean the cobblestones.  Perhaps she was in the … Continue reading Sermon for Advent 4 (Year B), December 20, 2020 (Luke 1:26-38)

The Second Sunday of Advent (Year B), December 6, 2020 (Mark 1:1-8)

This sermon was originally preached at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Setauket, New York. "John the Baptist' from the Isenheim Altarpiece, ca. 1515, by Matthias Grünewald (d. 1528), Unterlinden Museum. Public Domain. Mark the Evangelist doesn’t waste any time jumping right into things in his Gospel this morning, does he?  He dives right in … Continue reading The Second Sunday of Advent (Year B), December 6, 2020 (Mark 1:1-8)

Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, December 9, 2018 – “What Shall We Do?” (Luke 3:1-14)

"A Landscape with John the Baptist Preaching" (1601), by Pieter Breughel the Younger (1564-1638), Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn Originally preached at Living Savior Lutheran Church, Fairfax Station, Virginia. Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Getting ready for the arrival of important people takes work.  Lots of … Continue reading Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, December 9, 2018 – “What Shall We Do?” (Luke 3:1-14)