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SERMONS

ADMIRAL
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Current Theme: Claiming Our Place in Tikkun Olam

LATEST SERMON

January 13: We Start With Our Belovedness
Luke 3:15-17,21-22

"And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." Luke 3:22


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January 6: Spiritual Travelers Open Up Epiphany
Matthew 2:1-12

"“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”" Matthew 2:2


January 20: We Resist the Desire to Be In Control
Luke 4:1-13

"the devil said to [Jesus], “To You I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If You, then, will worship me, it will all be Yours.”" Luke 4:6-7


January 27: We Allow Ourselves to Make Big Claims
Luke 4:14-21

""God has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."" Luke 4:18b-19


This is Jesus’ vision for His ministry, and ours: that we tether ourselves to God’s vision for Earth. Throughout Advent, John has been keeping us focused on God’s Kingdom coming, preparing the way and getting the people ready for the One who is to come. During January, we will be considering how Jesus steps up and steps into His role as “Proclaimer in Chief” of the Good News of God’s liberation from idolatry. We will stay in Luke’s Gospel, considering what Jesus’ baptism, temptation by the devil, and proclamation of the Year of the Lord’s Favor teach us about how we might step up and step into our role in tikkun olam

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December 24: Witnesses to the In-Breaking of God
Luke 2:1-20

"Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord."" Luke 2:9-11


December 23: LOVE and Receiving God's Blessing
Luke 1:39-55

"And Mary said, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of this servant.'” Luke 1:46-48a


December 16: JOY and Trusting the Refiner's Fire
Luke 3:7-18

"As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but One who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."” Luke 3:15-16


December 9: PEACE and Proclaiming the Way to God
Luke 3:1-6

"as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make God's paths straight... and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”” Luke 3:4,6


December 2: HOPE and Watching for the Kingdom Coming
Luke 21:25-36

"Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly.” Luke 21:34


This Advent, Admiral will be grappling with how we, as people of faith, continue to seek the Kingdom of God when all the evidence around us points to a lack of divine intervention. In a nation divided, where anger and suffering are more common than trust and vulnerability, how do we stay committed to the servant path Jesus brought to the world? We will follow St. John the Baptist through Luke's Gospel, as he reveals how he continued to witness, in the midst of the wilderness, to the in-breaking of God's love.


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Practical Resources for Real Freedom

"The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is America's most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality, says Richard Rohr. To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction, Christians must learn to breathe under water and discover God's love and compassion. In this exploration of Twelve Step spirituality, Rohr identifies the Christian principles in the Twelve Steps, connecting The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the gospel. Rohr offers encouragement for becoming interiorly alive and inspiration for making one's life manageable for dealing with the codependence and dysfunction (sin) rampant in our society."
                                                                               -from Google Books


Click Here to Read Excerpts from Breathing Underwater Used in Worship