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Christmas Eve- December 24, 2017 – Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20

Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-20 Discount Lutheran Church Christmas Eve – December 24, 2017 Discount Lutheran Church – Winnipeg, MB   Invite people to let their candles remain lit.   I’m thinking about changing the name of First Lutheran Church.  Maybe we could vote on it! It’s been changed before – we started out as Trinity […]

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December 17, 2017 – Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; John 1:6-8, 19-28 Waiting for the Light Third Sunday of Advent – December 17, 2017 First Lutheran Church – Winnipeg, MB   Along with several billion people on the planet, my 15 year old Theo and I have been waiting for the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, to come out. […]

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December 10, 2017 – Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8

Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8 Gently Lead them Home Second Sunday of Advent – December 10, 2017 First Lutheran Church – Winnipeg, MB Advent is a time of waiting – a time of waiting for God to come. Children wait for Christmas when Jesus comes. And I think part of the power of this season is […]

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December 3, 2017 (First Sunday of Advent) – Mark 13:24-37

Mark 13:24-37 When the Stars Fall First Sunday of Advent – December 3, 2017 First Lutheran Church – Winnipeg, MB When I was little I loved looking at the stars in the night sky. All these pin points of light in the darkness seemed so beautiful. And here’s the thing: they were the same every […]

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November 19, 2017 – Matthew 25:14-30

Matthew 25:14-30 The Third Slave Lectionary 33A – November 19, 2017 First Lutheran Church – Winnipeg, MB   The master in the story has a LOT of money.  Like, a lot! A single talent would take a common labourer 15 years to earn! Basically the master gives three slaves a whack of money to see […]

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November 12, 2017 – Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 25:1-13 I Don’t know You! Lectionary 32A – November 12, 2017 First Lutheran Church – Winnipeg, MB   Okay: I’m not gonna lie: this parable gave me a lot of trouble this week. This is the way it works: you pay me partly to go to scripture every week on your behalf and – […]

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November 5, 2017 (All Saints Sunday) – Joshua 3:7-17, Matthew 23: 1-12

Joshua 3:7-17; Matthew 23:1-12 Community of Saints Lectionary 31A – All Saints Sunday – November 5, 2017 First Lutheran Church   Today we are gathered together with the saints, living – and dead. It’s why we lit candles for the dead among us at the beginning of the service. To remember that they are in […]

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October 29, 2017 (Reformation Sunday) – Matthew 22:34-46

Matthew 22:34-46 Re-formed and Re-forming Reformation Sunday – Lectionary 30A – October 29, 2017 First Lutheran Church – Winnipeg, MB   Love God. Love Your Neighbour. Friends, that is why we are here. It might be Reformation Sunday, but that is why we are here. It might be the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of […]

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October 15, 2017 – Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14 The God of Peace Will Be with You Lectionary 28A – October 15, 2017 First Lutheran Church – Winnipeg, MB I’ve had it up to here with violence. We get served up by Matthew yet another parable of violence, a story, as commentator Debie Thomas says, that is harsh, hyperbolic, and […]

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October 8, 2017 – Matthew 21:33-46

Matthew 21:33-46 Agents of Love Lectionary 27A – October 8, 2017 [Thanksgiving Sunday] First Lutheran Church – Winnipeg, MB   The last time I preached on this I started like this: “This is a depressing parable.” That still holds up, I think. Nothing goes well and then everything ends in destruction. Great! Thanks, Jesus! Glad […]

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