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The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe

Shawnthea Monroe: Present Perfect

Luke 1:46b-55

3rd Sunday of Advent - Year A

December 11, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe (UCC)


Our scripture reading today drops us into the middle of an intimate encounter between two extraordinary women: There is the elderly, once-barren Elizabeth and her newly expectant young cousin Mary. As Luke tells it, God is at work through the lives of both women and their words express nothing but joy.

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The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe

Shawnthea Monroe: Repent and Reset

Matthew 3:1-12; Isaiah 11:1-10

2nd Sunday of Advent - Year A

December 04, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe (UCC)


This may only be the second Sunday of Advent, but I am already over Christmas. Like everyone else, I get caught up in the spirit of the "holiday" season--the shopping, the baking, the decorating, the parties--while simultaneously trying to hold a quiet space for the season of Advent. Honestly, it feels like a losing battle: even in church, there are people itching to sing "O Come All Ye Faithful," and it is only December 4th.

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The Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben Transcript

November 27, 2016

Elaine Dreeben: A Homegoing Song

The Rev. Elaine Dreeben (PCUSA)

Psalm 122 is a pilgrimage song, most likely sung by the faithful making their way up to Jerusalem. And the Rev. Elaine Dreeben says it’s the perfect scripture for the first Sunday of Advent because it reminds us that, though our high holy day of Christmas is only 4 weeks away, the fullness of God’s vision is still a long way off.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

December 20, 2015

The Baby Is the Easy Part

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

Cute little infant-in-the-manger stories aside, Michael Brown says the issue that confronts us as people of faith sooner or later is, if I call myself a Christian, then will I actually choose to live as one?
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

December 13, 2015

Peace Amid Bedlam

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

As we look ahead to Bethlehem, Michael Brown reminds us that Jesus was born into a world of oppression--exactly when a Prince of Peace is needed most. Jesus did not promise a peace that would magically erase painful realities, but a peace that exists in the midst of them.
The Rev. Bradley Schmeling Transcript

December 06, 2015

Getting to the Other Side

The Rev. Bradley Schmeling (ELCA)

In his sermon for Advent 2, Bradley Schmeling says that Luke clearly understood the darkness, yet his desire was not to lead his listeners to despair, but to announce to them that not one barrier could keep the Word of God from coming into the world.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

November 29, 2015

We Are Yet Alive!

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

As Advent begins, Bishop Ken Carter uses Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians to help us become oriented to the journey ahead. He notes three themes prominent in the letter: reunion, encouragement, and imitation.
The Rev. Pendleton Peery Transcript

December 21, 2014

The Reality of Christmas

The Rev. Pendleton Peery (PCUSA)

As Advent draws to a close and we await the coming of Jesus, the Rev. Pen Peery explores the beautiful story of Mary's response to the angel Gabriel in Luke 1, and encourages us to let go of the need to prove or even comprehend the story.
The Rev. Brian L. Cole Transcript

December 14, 2014

I Am Not the Messiah

The Rev. Brian Cole (TEC)

In his sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Brian Cole presents the Gospel of John's account of John the Baptist, who clearly knew who he was--he saw himself in the story of God's love. John invites us to consider how we too can say 'no' to the false selves and roles we take on, and 'yes' to our true calling.
The Rev. Brian L. Cole Transcript

December 07, 2014

Beginning Before It Begins

The Rev. Brian Cole (TEC)

In his sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Brian Cole examines the ministry of John the Baptist and encourages us, while we wait for the coming of Jesus, to practice the faith and strive to be at peace with ourselves, one another, and God's creation.