Critical Joy

St. Philip Lutheran Church12 December 2021 + Advent 3cPhilippians 4.4-7Rev. Josh Evans Rejoice in the Lord always!Again, I say: Rejoice!Don’t worry about anything … just pray! Well, Paul, easier said than done. Especially where our world stands these days … a devastating reminder of the impact of gun violence as the community of Oxford, Michigan, …

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A Sermon for When It Feels Like the World Is Ending

St. Philip Lutheran Church28 November 2021 + Advent 1cLuke 21.25-36Rev. Josh Evans The nativity scene is out, the Christmas tree is up, the first candle on the Advent wreath is lit… it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Thursday night, after having Thanksgiving dinner with a friend and her family, I drove home with …

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In the Wilderness

St. Philip Lutheran Church6 December 2020 + Advent 2BIsaiah 40.1-11; Mark 1.1-8Rev. Josh Evans, preaching Punctuation matters. Maybe you’ve seen an image with these or similar words online:Let’s eat, Grandma!Let’s eat Grandma! The difference a comma makes! Meanwhile, in Isaiah 40, open one translation of the bible and read:A voice cries out: “In the wilderness …

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