Beautiful Things Out of the Dust

St. Philip Lutheran Church17 February 2021 + Ash WednesdayMatthew 6.1-6, 16-21; Joel 2.1-2, 12-17Rev. Josh Evans, preaching “Ashes and anguish” - reads part of the headline of a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, chronicling the impact of the pandemic on local crematoriums. While the practice of cremation has gained increasing popularity and wider …

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Possessed

St. Philip Lutheran Church31 January 2021 + Epiphany 4BMark 1.21-28Rev. Josh Evans, preaching What are you possessed by? The truth is we’re possessed by many things - politics, COVID, mental or physical illness, addiction, strained or broken relationships - to name a few. Some of us might feel possessed by our seemingly never-ending to-do lists, …

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Beloved

St. Philip Lutheran Church10 January 2021 + Baptism of Our LordMark 1.4-11Rev. Josh Evans, preaching So: How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Have you given up yet? According to one article, studies show that nearly 80% of all resolutions will fail - many by mid-February. So if you’ve already given up, chances are …

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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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