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Sermons on Matthew (Page 3)

A Moment of Epiphany

A Moment of Epiphany  Matthew 2:1-12 January 5, 2020 – Parkminister UC – Rev. Heather Power Note: Some inspiration for this sermon came from a reflection on patheos.com. Over the years I have coordinated a lot of Christmas pageants. Perhaps it’s because I’ve directed so many Christmas pageants, but when I hear the story of the wise ones visiting the baby Jesus,…

Christmas – The Next Day

Christmas—The Next Day—Matthew 2: 13-23 (December 29, 2019—1st Sunday after Christmas) (This reflection relies extensively on the work of Nadia Bolz-Weber.  It is an adaption of her sermon, “Fear vs Love: a Sermon about 2 Different Kinds of Men.”  It can be found at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber?s=matthew+2) To coin a common phrase these days, “Well, that escalated quickly”.  It was just five days ago…

Dreaming God’s Dream

Dreaming God’s Dream—Matthew 1: 18-25 (December 22, 2019—4th Sunday in Advent) Everybody is looking for a bargain this time of year or at least the appearance of a bargain.  I see where some stores are holding “Boxing Week” sales before Christmas even happens. Well let me tell you about the great 2 for 1 bargain you get with scripture.  Every time you…

Hoping Without Expectation

Hoping Without Expectation—Matthew 24: 3-4, 36-44 December 8, 2019- 2ndt Sunday in Advent I have a hard time with Matthew’s Gospel.  It’s full of dire warnings about what will happen if you don’t follow God’s way.  In Matthew, God is a judge and a punisher who separates out the faithful and the unfaithful.  Frankly, on first reading Matthew’s theology forms the backbone…