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Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 23, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Micah 5:1-4a | Heb 10:5-10 | Lk 1:39-45

I. I wonder what Christmas looks like for those with little – or no – Christian faith. Does it seem like much-to-do about nothing? Do they wonder what the fuss is all about? Or do they just accept it as a ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent - December 16, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Zeph 3:14-18a | Phil 4:4-7 | Lk 3:10-18

“The Lord is near.”

I. One time a man went to see his rabbi and complained, “Life is unbearable. There are nine of us living in one room. What can I do?” The rabbi responded, “Take the goat into the room ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent - December 9, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Baruch 5:1-9 | Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 | Lk 3:1-6

I. “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar when Pontius Pilate was Governor…Herod was tetrarch…his brother Philip was tetrarch…Lysanias was Tetrarch….and Annas and Caiaphas” … were running the Temple in Jerusalem……all of that long (and actually dramatic) ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent - December 2, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Jer 33:14-16 I Th 3:12-4:2 | Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

I. One day this past week I walked past some of the cut back flowers and bushes on our campus and it occurred to me it looked like they were waiting. Then I noticed the dried up hostas and I looked up ... Read More »

Christ the King - November 25, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Dan 7:13-14 | Rev. 1:5-8 | Jn 18:33b-37

I. Well, we’re cleaning up the last of the leftovers from our Thanksgiving meal… Most of our guests have returned home… Immediately, on Friday, all the media bursts forth with news about the holiday season… We hear reports about Black Friday ... Read More »

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - November 18, 2018 (Deacon John)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Power, many people strive to be in a position of power. They read and research how to makethemselves more impressive, more important, most easily heard. One method to assert oneself is tostand and talk down to others, like I’m doing right now. Jesus, however, is seated as He is ... Read More »

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - November 4, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Dt. 6:2-6 | Heb 7:23-28 | Mk 12:28b-34

I. For some odd reason, this past week I ended up on a website which listed the oldest words in the English language. Guess which word is the oldest, or at least among the oldest, words? The first word they named ... Read More »

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 28, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Jer 31:7-9 | Heb 5:1-6 | Mk 10:46-52

I. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asks. It sort of seems like the answer is obvious: Bartimaeus is blind. He is a beggar Sitting along side the road. He probably wants help with this.But by asking the ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 14, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Wis 7:7-11 | Heb 4:12-13 | Mark 10:17-30

I. Last weekend we introduced our annual call for renewal of treasure by inviting parishioners to share with us their experience of stewardship.

One comment I heard was that the speaker said her experience of stewardship changed her life. The experience of ... Read More »

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 23, 2018 (Deacon Jim Thill)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner


The 5 Sundays of September…in the 2nd reading from St. James…

                                   we are provided us with an amazing series of right things to do:

    1st… “Be doers of the word.”

    2nd… “Show no partiality.”

    3rd… “May our faith be evident in our works.”

    ... Read More »