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2/11/18 INVITATION TO ABUNDANT LIFE: RECEIVE THE GIFT OF SIGHT John 9:1-41

 Today is observed in the church calendar as Transfiguration Sunday, and if we were following the Revised Common Lectionary then we would be looking at the story of the transfiguration of Jesus from Matthew, Mark, or Luke. It should not surprise you by now that John’s Gospel does not have an account of the […]

Sermon 2/4/18 INVITATION TO ABUNDANT LIFE: DRINK THE WATER OF LIFE John 4:1-42

Last week John showed us a picture of Nicodemus, a Pharisee and leader of the Jews, taking the risk of going at night to have a conversation with the renegade Galilean preacher Jesus of Nazareth.  Jesus invited him to leave behind his comfort zone entirely and be born anew into the abundant life of the […]

Sermon 1/28/18 INVITATION TO ABUNDANT LIFE: BE BORN AGAIN John 3:1-21

The past two weeks we have looked at a pair of very different stories from John’s Gospel.  In the first, Jesus keeps a party going by changing water to wine at a wedding celebration in Cana.  In the second, Jesus shuts a party down by creating a scene at the Temple overturning the tables of […]

Sermon 1/14/18 ENCOUNTERING THE MESSIAH: THE SIGN OF THE WINE Isaiah 25:6-9 John 2:1-11

 Last Sunday we looked at John’s account of the calling of the first disciples of Jesus.  The last was the skeptic Nathanael, who asked Phillip whether anything good could really come out of Nazareth before Jesus convinced him that it was indeed possible.  Nathanael was astonished that Jesus said he saw him sitting under […]

Sermon 12/31/17 Encountering the Messiah: Go and do likewise

John’s gospel opens with the familiar words, ‘In the beginning was the word’.  That word, Jesus Christ, has been alive since the beginning of time and will still be alive at the end of time.  He is the light which extinguishes darkness. The contrast between light and darkness reveals the distance between who we are […]

12/24/17 – GOD’S PRESENCE BRINGS LIFE: THE WORD MADE FLESH John 1:1-18

Back in early September we began this year’s journey through the Bible with the first words of the book of Genesis: “In the beginning, God created…”  Today we begin our New Testament journey with the first words of the Gospel of John:  “In the beginning was the Word…”  In this way John signals that the […]