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The Rev. Susan Sparks

Susan Sparks: Sun Mo Manger

Luke 2:1-20

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2017

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)


"There's no room here, or at the Holiday Inn, the Days Inn, or the C'mon Inn," the desk clerk said, shaking his head. "The Shriners have a gathering downtown, the Mary Kay convention is at the Coliseum, and there's a quilt show at the Marriott."

This was not welcome news. It was a cold, autumn night in Bismarck, N.D. My husband Toby and I had just finished a four-hundred-mile motorcycle ride from Wisconsin across Minnesota into North Dakota. "Please ... really ... we'll take anything," I said, starting to worry. "There is NO room here," he said with an impatient tone in his voice. "The best you can do is ride up to Fort Mandan and try the Sunset Motel." "But that's thirty miles!" I said. "Yup," he said, "and you'd better hurry. Because they're gonna fill up, too."

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The Rev. Dr. Dwight A. Moody

Dwight Moody: This Is My Story

Luke 2:1-14

Christmas - Year A

December 25, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Dwight Moody (CBF)


On Christmas Eve when I was 23, my wife and I traveled to Bethlehem from our apartment in Jerusalem. We gathered with hundreds under a clear canopy of stars at the place where Jesus was born. We sang hymns, listened to a preacher or two, and of course, read the entire narrative from the Bible. Joseph and Mary away from home; Jesus born in a barn; shepherds startled by angels; and wealthy wise men bringing their gifts on that first Christmas night.

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The Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III Transcript

December 18, 2016

Christoph Keller: Nothing to Dread

The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller, III (TEC)

In his sermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Dr. Chris Keller shares that the prophet Isaiah’s pronouncements are realized in Matthew’s gospel: 700 years before the fact, Isaiah had predicted Christmas. And Christmas speaks to a whole world’s anxiety.
The Rev. Dr. Dwight A. Moody Transcript

December 27, 2015

The Prepositions of Praise

The Rev. Dr. Dwight Moody (CBF)

We have a singing faith. The Rev. Dr. Dwight Moody unpacks Colossians 3:16, which encourages us to sign psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs TO God, ABOUT Christ, FOR each other.
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. Maxwell Grant Transcript

December 22, 2013

Expecting Christmas

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

Christmas may be a time of tremendous, and exhausting, expectations, and yet in his sermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Max Grant says the season of Advent seems full of counter-cultural potential, because these weeks help us imagine a different way of preparing for the birth of Jesus, one that can't be rushed or shoe-horned in between trips to the mall. We can see the world with new eyes, as Joseph did.
The Rev. David Lewicki Transcript

January 01, 2012

Joy Comes in the Evening

The Rev. David Lewicki (PCUSA)

The story of Anna and Simeon greeting the infant Jesus in the temple gives us insights on joy. And whether we are young or aged, we have much to learn from each other about the joy of God.
The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell Transcript

December 25, 2011

Look to the Child

The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell (other)

On this Christmas Day, the Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell offers a powerful message of hope as we look to the Child of Peace, as did the shepherds and the Magi, so that we in turn can help bring peace to this world.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

December 18, 2011

Call and Response

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

On this final Sunday in Advent, the Rev. Dr. Ken Carter examines the important role that Mary, the mother of Jesus, plays in the story of our faith, and encourages us to listen for God's call to do extraordinary things.
The Rev. John Gunn

Deliverer From Sin

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In speaking of the story of Mary and Joseph bringing the Jesus into the temple, The Rev. Gunn states, "This is the real story of Christmas; this is the reason we celebrate the day and rejoice all the year. This babe is indeed our deliverer from sin and the fear of death. In Him is God's light filling all of our lives in this day and in the coming year."