Sermons on Jeremiah

Sermons on Jeremiah

Promise of the New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Jeremiah brings us the promise of ‘a new thing’, a fresh, new beginning – a new Covenant! I think of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ . Most of Christianity believes that the New Covenant finally came into force with the ministry of Christ, as he taught : “this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood”. This promise of a ‘new thing’ has to do with the sacred nature of the…

Lives Of Gratitude

At first it may seem that there is no obvious connection between our readings on this Canadian Thanksgiving Sunday… But there is! The first reading is set in Babylon – where the people of Judah were in exile – they who once had so much promise and hope in their wonderfully privileged Promised Land, but now were just devastated, their dreams shattered! Their beautiful Judah had been plundered: Their homes had been wiped out, their temple destroyed. They were now…

Song of Faith, Song of Hope

This is my final Sunday with you as your Sabbatical minister and I want to say how much the last four months have meant to me, and what an honour it has been to be with you. I have been warmly welcomed by everyone and have had engaging conversations with many of you. While I was not a stranger to this congregation before May, I have certainly gotten to know you much better over this summer, and I count that…

Lost Sheep and a Jeremiad

The two passages we heard read this morning make about as clear a contrast as one might find between the God of the Old Testament and the Jesus of the New. Jeremiah, the prophet who is so well known for preaching fire and brimstone that his name has become a synonym for warnings of gloom and doom, is at his most fiery here. Condemning the people of Judah as stupid, he warns them that a devastating wind is coming, earthquakes…