Preparing Our Paths: A sermon on Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 3:-12

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Isaiah 2:1-5
Matthew 3:1-12

When I ran into Brock and Ruth Ann last week as they were setting up the crèche in the fvpc-crechelower gathering space, I was thrilled to learn about this tradition here at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church. I have a collection of nativity scenes that some might say borders on an obsession.  In fact, I’m pretty sure the movers who will load their many boxes onto a moving truck in about 10 days will confirm that obsession.  I was excited in particular that the crèche tradition here in this church includes encouraging the children to touch the pieces and interact with them instead of constantly ushering them away lest the treasures get broken.  This is a lovely tradition, and I even brought my own kids in to see it midweek while they were visiting since they won’t be here until Christmas Eve. Continue reading

Giving Up Greatness – an Ash Wednesday sermon on Mark 9:30-37

Mark 9:30-37IMG_3408

It’s time for a little bit of pastor confession.  Will you hear it for me?  Here it goes – I go back and forth on this whole idea of “giving something up for Lent.”  I wasn’t raised with it in my family or early church up-bringing.  Many of us Presbyterians are pretty new to the whole idea.  I learned about it in college, mostly from my Catholic friends who, from the outside, seemed to be going on some kind of holy diet — no chocolate, no potato chips, no pepperoni on the Friday night pizza.

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