Sermons on Advent

Sermons on Advent

Rejoice: Christmas Eve

December 24 2021REJOICE: Christmas EveJohn 1: 1-5; LUKE 2: 1-20Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE One: Come, siblings and strangers, friends and foes, seekers and skeptics. We are all welcomed into God’s reign, for tonight we celebrate the birth of our Messiah, the Lord.All: Rejoice in the Lord always; again we will say, rejoice!One: Now, at last, on Christmas Eve, we light our Christ Candle. This candle is the center of our celebration, just as Christ has a…

Rejoice: Week Four

Sunday December 19 2021Fourth Sunday of AdventRejoice: Bursting with God NewsLUKE 2:8-18 NRSVRev mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for…

Rejoice: Week Two

December 5 2021REJOICE: WEEK TWOSECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENTLUKE 1: 39-45REV MARY BETH HARDESTY-CROUCH Lighting of the advent candle (Peace) 8:40amCome, siblings and strangers, friends and foes, seekers and skeptics. We are all welcomed into God’s peace. Along our way, we learn and grow, we make mistakes and make amends, we weep and rejoice. We light this candle to remember that God brings peace into our lives and our world. 11:00amCome, siblings and strangers, friends and foes, seekers and skeptics.We are…

Rejoice: Week One

November 28 2021Rejoice: Week OneFirst SunDay of AdventIsaiah 9:2-7Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch SCRIPTURE 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. 4 For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the…

The Light of The World

Thursday December 24 2020Christmas EveHome With Christ: The Light of the WorldLuke 2: 1-20Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch 1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem,…

The Word Made Flesh

Sunday December 20 2020Home with Christ: The Word Made FleshJohn 1: 1-5, 14 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5…

Emmanuel

Sunday December 13 2020Third Sunday of adventHome with Christ: EmmanuelMatthew 1: 22-23; 28: 18-20 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” Matthew 1:22-23 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19…

Savior

Sunday December 6 2020Second Sunday of AdventHome with Christ: SaviorMatthew 1:20b-21, Luke 2:8-12 Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch 20b An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20b-21…

The Royal TItles

Sunday November 29 2020The First Sunday of AdventHome with Christ: The Royal TitlesMicah 5:2, Matthew 2:1-2 NRSV  JOHN 15:4 MSG“Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.MICAH 5:2 NRSV 2 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of…

Walking in Darkness

Second Sunday of AdventDecember 8, 2019LIGHT FOR THE PATH: WALKING IN DARKNESSREV. MARY BETH HARDESTY-CROUCHPsalm 27:1, Isaiah 9:2-7 NRSV We can’t fully embrace the light without having experienced the darkness. We’ve all known darkness, both cosmic and personal. Having known and experienced the darkness shapes who we are but it doesn’t define our future. God is sovereign and God holds the future and God lights the Path into His future. 2 The people who walked in darkness    have seen a great…