Liturgy for Blue Christmas

This liturgy, as used at Unity Lutheran Church, Brookfield, WI, on Sunday, December 8, 2019, is a patchwork of a variety of sources: The printed introduction, opening dialogue, and prayer after communion are drawn from Sundays and Seasons and Evangelical Lutheran Worship. The thanksgiving at the table and invitation to communion were written specifically for …

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A Sermon for the New Year on the Feast of the Name of Jesus

First Lutheran Church of Avoca 1 January 2017 + Name of Jesus Luke 2.15-21 Well, it’s finally over. 2016. It’s been quite a year. An understatement if ever there was one. I’m sure I was not alone last night in watching the ball drop in Times Square as we said “good riddance!” to the past …

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A Blue Christmas Sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent

Lutheran Campus Ministry / Creighton University 11 December 2016 + Third Sunday of Advent Matthew 11.2-11; Isaiah 35.1-10 He had been so sure, so confident, so certain. He proclaimed a bold message of repentance and the dawning of the messianic age: Repent! For the reign of heaven has come near! One who is more powerful …

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