Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

Free to serve and witness

June 23, 2019.  Ordination and installation Free to serve and witness Isaiah 65:1-9, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 Scholars agree that of the many events in the collective life of Ancient Israel, them being slaves in Egypt is amongst the most important one. Being slaves in Egypt set the framework for the institution of Passover, it is the backdrop of their…

Music Sunday and Trinity Sunday

June 16, 2019                          Music Sunday and Trinity Sunday             We are a curios species. The literal meaning of Homosapiens is “wise man” or “knowing man”. And some scientists are…

Children of God

Pentecost/Confirmation                         Romans 8:14-17             On September 7, 2018 Pope Francis said: “Dear parents, children are the most precious gift that you have ever received.”             Parents love their children unconditionally, they are…

Being Reminded

May 26, 2019 Acts 16:9-15, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, John 14:23-29 Being reminded             It is said that Napoleon had a photographic memory. He was able to recall any number of facts, names of people, and memorize entire maps. During the campaign of 1805, one of his commanders could not locate his division. As…

A Dangerous Message

January 27, 2019        Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 A dangerous message!             Human beings are very lazy creatures! I know many of you would respond to this statement with a frown. Which in itself is a good thing: The Nobel prize winner,…

New Never Gets Old

January 20, 2019 Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 New never gets old! Jesus turns water into wine! This is one of the best stories ever told. A few good jokes are actually based on this story: An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut. The traffic officer smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an…

Divine Dreams

January 6, 2019                      Epiphany and Communion  Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 Divine Dreams             Happy New Year! It is always a bit unsettling at the beginning of a New…

Why So Complicated?

Why so complicated? Herbert Strong, was a fascinating man, an extraordinary scientist, a humble genius. I got to know him when I was the Associate Minister at First Reformed Church in Schenectady. He shared with me the same story a few times – every time with the same excitement and enthusiasm. And every time he would end by saying: “The solution was so simple!” His story…

On Being Well.

On Being Well. Times are difficult. The fabric of society is breaking down and the community is being destroyed. The symbolic world that supported life is collapsing. Serious questions are emerging from this turmoil. Are the nation’s political, cultural, religious and even military structures collapsing? How do we deal with the collapse of everything that we hold dear? I…