Advent #4: Words for the Week

Psalm • Psalm 80 Old Testament • Micah 5:2-4 Gospel • Luke 1:39-56 New Testament • Hebrews 10:5-10 This week we will read the Magnificat which is recorded in our passage from Luke. Mary’s song is an amazing and beautiful piece of music and poetry. In addition to it’s beauty its also bold, tough and…


Advent #3: Words for the Week

Psalm • Psalm 85 Old Testament • Zephaniah 3:14-20 Gospel • Luke 3:7-18 New Testament • Philippians 4:4-9 The readings for this 3rd week of Advent aren’t any more “Christmasy” than last week. In fact these readings remind me of the repentance aspect to the Advent season. We don’t often think about this fact but…


St. John Chrysostom’s “Generous God” Sermon

The sermon below is prayed each year during the Pascha service of Eastern Orthodox churches. Pascha comes form the word “Passover” and is the Orthodox equivalent of Easter. St. John Chrysostom, “golden throat”, wrote this over 1600 years ago and it’s worth a fresh hearing every year.

The Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

Are there any who are devout lovers of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Let them now receive their due!

If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their reward.


Advent #2: Words for the Week

It seems only fitting that we will have child dedications this weekend. As we anticipate the birth of a baby that changed the cosmos we can celebrate the birth of four children who have radically changed the lives of their parents! Four of our families are going to participate in committing themselves, and their children,…


Advent #1: Words for the Week

Psalm • Psalm 50 Old Testament • Zechariah 14:4-9 Gospel • Luke 21:25-31 New Testament • I Thessalonians 3:9-13 Advent marks the beginning of the church year. One would think that the Advent season would begin with readings that sound like the Christmas season. However, pay attention to these: Our God comes and will not…


A Slow Advent

Advent is the season of anticipation. Beginning four weeks before Christmas the church gathers as Christ’s body to commemorate the anticipation of God’s people awaiting the Messiah. We also gather to anticipate the coming of Christ in our personal and corporate lives along with anticipating that time in the future when Christ comes again to…


Ordinary #23: Readings for Nov 21

“there is a river whose streams, make glad the city of God” – Psalm 46 Psalm • Psalm 46 Old Testament • Jeremiah 23:1-6 Gospel • Luke 19:29-38 New Testament • Colossians 1:11-20 Believe it or not but New Years arrives early this year. At least it does for the Wheatland Mission. Our new year…


Ordinary #22: Readings for Nov 14

“Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other…” – Malachi 3:16 Psalm • Psalm 98 Old Testament • Malachi 3:13-4:6 Gospel • Luke 21:5-19 New Testament • 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 I love that first line from Malachi 3:16. Those who “feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard.”…