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The following is the audio recording of the sermon from Sunday, January 12, 2020. The sermon text is the Word from January 6 through January 13, 2020: Matthew 3.13-17.
13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
The following is the audio recording of the sermon from Sunday, January 5, 2020. The sermon text is the Word from December 31 through January 6: John 1.1-18.
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
15(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
The following is the audio recording of the sermon from the Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. The sermon text is Luke 2:15-20.
Today’s Focus: BORN
Throughout Advent, we will be offering five minute daily meditations on a word that is connected to the meaning of the Advent and Christmas seasons. The purpose is to take a break, be still, and connect with God. To use the meditation, click on the video below. The video contains soft, peaceful music. If you would prefer to meditate in silence, simply mute the video or your device. Spend some time quieting yourself and focusing on the word, image, Scripture, and breath prayer that appear in the video. What is God communicating to you in this time of focused meditation?
The following is the audio recording of the sermon from the Longest Night Service on Friday, December 20, 2019. The sermon text is Psalm 13:1-6.