Advent IV – Year B (2017)

Isaiah 62:6–12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4–7; Luke 1:67–79

Rev. Dale Nikkel

“The Lord is with you.” Mary’s response to the Angel’s greeting is complete bewilderment. How can God go from being “out there’ to be a living, personal presence? The simple message is that God works out an agenda of love in the world around us by working within us.

Advent II – Year B (2017)

Isaiah 40:1–11; Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13; 2 Peter 3:8–15a; Mark 1:1-8

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

John the Baptist delivers a strong message to repent, to receive forgiveness and to change the way we think and act. The aim of repentance is to change the shape and direction of our lives, to draw us into a closer relationship with God. Too often we focus our attention on the material things of everyday life to a degree that draws us away from Him. To repent is to open ourselves to a life lived fully, guided by scripture and focused on a vision of God at work in world.

Advent I – Year B (2017)

Isiah 64:1–9; Psalm 80:1–7, 16–18; 1 Corinthians 1:3–9; Mark 13:24–37

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

We seek the certainty of God’s presence to lift us up as we see suffering in the world around us. When we find ourselves stuck in dark places we want God to roll the darkness back and give us sweetness and light. Author Ruth Burrows remind us that God’s is present even when the darkness persists. Lighting a candle reminds us to be vigilant in seeking Him in prayer. Our hope is tied to the image of the potter, which reminds us that God’s work in shaping our lives is ever present.

Reign of Christ – 2017

Ezekiel 34:11-17,20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Eric Prachar

As we end the church year we look at themes of Christ’s saving work. The gospel calls us to feed the hungry and care for those in need. It poses a different world view: that those in need are valuable, not just those who are productive members of society. Our goal in service is to be a visible sign of Christ at work in the world.

Proper 33 – Year A (2017)

Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; I Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

Rev. Dale Nikkel

Sometimes when life seems dark we experience moments of wonder and peace at God’s presence. We seek certainty about life and death. When we learn to let go and live by trust and hope, we find signs of peace joy in knowing that we are not alone in the journey.