Sermons from December 2016

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Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service

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The attached video includes music from our Candlelight/Communion Christmas Eve Service. We were blessed once again to have baritone Reginald Smith, Jr., a Grand Finals winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, as part of our worship service.
 
 
Gospel Reading        The Message         Luke 2:8-14
We continue with the reading of our story
from the Gospel of Luke . . .
There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood.

Remembering the Joy of God

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures                       Isaiah 35:1-10
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus
it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy
and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of …

Repainting the Peaceable Kingdom

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures        Isaiah 11:1-10
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by …