Sermons by Rev. Robin Jacobson
I think we forget that God is on our side.
On this first Sunday of Advent we have lit the candle of hope. We are going to be exploring today and next week the EMMANUEL-HOPE of how it is always: God and the world, not God or the world, God in the world, not God outside the world.
There must be more: our faith is meant to be lived!!!
TRINITY UNITED CHURCH: NOVEMBER 19, 2023 SUMMARY: WASTED TALENTS Matthew 25:4-30 We really do need to stop burying what we’ve been given. Our reading, from Matthew 25:14- 30, is complex. It is easily misunderstood as we wrestle to get what Jesus may be saying. Just what are we to understand from this? Where is there possibly something good for us to hear? Notice who Jesus was speaking to, and what he was actually speaking about: he was speaking to his disciples about what life…
‘Love’, then, is understood as the invisible energy that works by holding everything together
PAYING OF TAXES TO CAESAR (Matthew 22:15-22) We, as a faith community of Christ followers, are intended to be living in a way that is different from the so-called ‘world’. Jesus was truly counter-cultural. He was so then, and he is still no less so now – in every part of the world where he is followed today. To follow Jesus – and the way of Jesus – is to be part of a lifelong journey of counter-cultural transformation which…
Thanksgiving is understood as the act of expressing gratitude
What does God mainly require of us: right words or right actions?
God is totally unfair – in terms of God’s economy, God’s way of doing things – totally unfair!
There is never a good outcome to our holding onto the crippling effects of unforgiveness
Christ’s call is for us to know how we are obliged to be loving others and to be owning too how we are loved
Just why does ‘unity’ ever matter?
From where do you draw your strength?
Our faith is about so much more than any theoretical statements we may make about what we are currently choosing to believe, or not…
That’s what Biblical Lamentation does. It moves us from a place of appropriate and necessary venting and complaint to conversation and request, and finally to a place of trust and calm.
And so, we must be shocked as we digest Jesus’ words in today’s text – it’s meant to shock us!
Are we meant to see ourselves as the harvesters or the harvested?
Our reading touches on the clean hearts but dirty hands with which we are called to live.
As Jesus-reclaiming followers of the Christ, let’s shine.
In a world where there seems to be so much that puts us out of step, today we are going to be revisiting ‘the unforced rhythm of God’s grace…’
Acts 17:22-31 We have two readings today. The first, just one verse, describes our purpose as Christ-followers and how we are empowered to do so.
God’s sacred presence, in Christ, is in everything, everywhere…
We are looking today at a very powerful, but I believe often missed, pearl of our faith: the suffering love of Jesus Christ.
This is about God’s Spirit empowering the very ordinary efforts of ordinary people to effect God’s extra-ordinary results.
I’m not sure what those disciples expected from their encounter with the resurrected Jesus.