CategoryTraditional Sermons

Read a new sermon each week from one of our Traditional Services.

The High-Low Days

Today we get to hear about holy messages–some delivered by the mouths of prophets and some delivered by angelic messengers. Last Saturday a messenger of the Lord appeared to me. Okay…it wasn’t an angel. It was a musician. And he didn’t appear to me. He was streamed to me on the internet. His name is…

The Shine Man

The Advent-Christmas season is characterized by stories, and so this morning I offer you a story written by Mary Quattelbaum entitled The Shine Man, and illustrated by Tim Ladwig … and some sermonic commentary.          Hear that rickety-rack of wheels over track?  Hear the cry of the train?  Oh, it takes me back to a tale…

The Advent Buzzard

Preachers love this time of the year.  Because we get to take pot shots at people, for all the crummy priorities folks have during the Christmas season.  We complain because you spend too much money on Christmas presents … while we ourselves are walking the mall and enjoying shopping for our loved ones.  We whine…

Pay Attention and Be Ready

Growing up my grandmother was always prepared by stocking up certain remedies ready in the event of a medical emergency…For instance, when I burnt my finger, she slathered butter all over the burn…Looking back, basically she was just helping to sauté my finger. We now know that cold water is the best action to take.…

What Kind of King?

Christ the King Sunday … today’s celebration … is the final Sunday of the Church Year.  It is a time when the Church not only thinks about the end of our twelve-month cycle of Sunday church services and accompanying lessons and festivals.  It is also a time when we think about the end of time,…

Called Into Mission

We could not have a worse Gospel Lesson for this morning’s service than the one I just read from Luke, chapter 20.  On Annual Meeting Sunday, I was hoping that maybe the First Lesson would be from the First Book of Kings … recounting King Solomon’s temple building project in Jerusalem, and how he paid…

Shining Lights

Traditional Sermon all Saints’ Sunday Last weekend, my family and I traveled from Lancaster all the way up to Scarborough, Maine. It began when my uncle and his wife from North Dakota had a little bit of vacation time and thought it a good idea to fly from Bismark to the coast of Maine to…

Patient & Persistent Prayer

OK, let’s just be honest here … everyone knows this person we’re talking about in today’s parable.  No … I’m not talking about the judge.  You all are perfect citizens … you don’t ever have to stand before a judge …. For a speeding ticket … or for double parking … or for tailgating … …

In Between

Have you ever found yourself in an “in between” place in life?  Maybe you were “between” jobs … or in “transition” from one relationship to another … or stuck between that proverbial “rock and a hard place.”  Maybe your “in between-ness” is due to a dependency upon drugs or alcohol or prescription medicines.  Maybe it…