TagJohn the Baptist

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…

Advent 2 Preview

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ ” -Matthew 3:3 At the heart of our Advent preparation stands figures who gather and call us to action. During the Traditional service we hear the voice of John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and…

Rev. Sarah Teichmann
Where’s the Good News?

New Day Sermon Pentecost 8 When the Gospel is read out loud in church and the reader says, “Enjoy the sermon…” you may figure it’s Bible story that is a little tricky! Today’s reading is from Mark 6, the beheading of John the Baptist. And yes, there is good news…

Pentecost 8 Preview

And Herodias had a grudge against him [John the Baptist], and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John. –Mark 6: 19-20 Preparing for Worship Self-consciousness and guilt are useless unless they drive us to God. Herod and his wife prove it. They knew right from wrong, as we do. Herod assuaged…

Silence and Cries

The first time the reality of me being a mother truly came to be was the night Elsa was born. Of course there is 9 months of becoming a mother. And everything in you and around you tells you that you will be a mom. But I found those 9 months to be anticipation, hoping,…

Rev. Sarah Teichmann
Sunday Worship Preview

“All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.” -Luke 1:66 At the brightest time of year the promised forerunner is born: John, who will go before the Lord to prepare his way and testify to Jesus Christ, the one…