Today I would like to introduce you to a little-known Christmas carol called “The Christmas Candle.” Its lyrics were written a century ago by an American poet named Anna Hempstead Branch. These lyrics were set to music by another female American, a composer named Roberta Bitgood, in 1937.
I discovered this carol when Tara and I sang it with the church choir at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City during their Christmas concert this past Sunday afternoon. I can’t find an online recording of the carol for you to listen to, so we’ll have to make do with just the lyrics. But they are powerful enough by themselves. Read them slowly, thoughtfully, carefully: Continue reading →
Light and dark play contrasting roles in scripture. The final chapter of 1 Thessalonians expands on this contrast. How should we live as children of light today? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon here:
We Belong to the Day
What do Jesus and war have in common? How did Jesus respond in the darkest moment of his life? Should we choose fight or flight? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on John 18:1-11.
Jesus and War
As we begin a new year, Pastor David challenges us to start forming a discipleship plan for 2017. This involves a Personal Discipleship Questionnaire and a reflection on Isaiah 49:1-7, which foretells the coming of the Servant of the Lord, the light of the world.
Following the Light
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. Jesus is alive! Listen to Pastor David’s message from our early service on Easter Sunday: as 1 John 1:1-10 says, let us walk in the light as Jesus is in the light.
Light shines into the darkness: the Wise Men. Isaiah 60:1-6. Ephesians 3:1-12. How has God shined his light into our lives? And what should our response be? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on this Epiphany Sunday.
You are the light of the world. But is the light of Christ shining fully into your life and your relationships? Make peace happen this Christmas. Listen to Pastor David’s sermon, from the last Sunday of Advent, on Matthew 5:14-16.
Angels proclaimed the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. Or…did they? What were the angels really celebrating when they sang “gloria in excelsis deo”? And how are we like the shepherds? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on Luke 2:8-20.
This week, we conclude our brief look at forgiveness, the theme of our sermon series during the season of Lent. In Ephesians 5:8-14, we find a clear call for people who have been forgiven: that we should live as children of light, having nothing to do with the deeds of darkness. What does this look like, and what does it all mean? Listen in to Pastor David’s message on this passage:
The Gospel according to John opens with three famous words: “In the beginning…” On this, the first Sunday of 2014, Pastor David preaches on John 1:1-18, a passage which introduces to us the Word of God: Jesus Christ himself. How can this Word and the light he brings into the world transform our lives? Listen in to this week’s sermon!