Featured Sermons of the Week:
Sermon for Epiphany Day:
Reflections of Light, John 1:1-18; 8:12
Rev. Randy L. Quinn
Incarnation John 1:1-18
by Richard Gehring
God has Pitched a Tent, John 1: 1-18,
Rev. John Nadasi
Another New Year Eccl
Rev. Frank Schaefer
Christmas Doesn't Mean Much, John
1: 1-18, by El Jefe
Christmas Story, John 1: 1-18, by DP in DL
Light Dispels All Darkness, John 1: 1-18, by Gary Roth
A Light To
Lighten Our Darkness, John 1: 1-18, by Gary Roth,
Word?, John 1: 1-18, by Kurt Hansen, John 1:1-14
Sermon Excerpt #1:
Close to the Father’s
Heart, John 1:1-18
Rev. Randy Quinn
Anderson is a musician I met several years ago at a worship
workshop. He was trying to help churches create contemporary
worship services, and since we had one at our church, we
thought he might have some good ideas for us.
There were several things he shared with us that we were
already doing – and lots of other things that I no longer
remember. But what I do remember was some of his theory
about congregational singing. I think I remember it because
it was so different than what I had been taught and because
it also made so much sense to me.
Yohann began by telling us how a tuning fork works. You tap
on the tines of the fork, and they begin to vibrate. (I
found one and will demonstrate.) The size of the tines
determines how fast they vibrate, but what actually happens
is that the air around them begins to pulsate at the same
speed. That pulsating resonates with our ear drums and our
brains interpret it as a sound.
Lots of things work the same way – sometimes at pitches so
high and so low that we cannot hear them. It’s why the
philosopher-scientists asked the theoretical question of
whether or not a tree falling in the woods makes a sound if
there is no one there to hear it. The sound itself is only
pulsating air. Without an ear to interpret the pulses, there
is no evidence of a sound.
A piano tuner uses a tuning fork to tune the strings in a
piano. He or she tightens or loosens the strings until they
vibrate at the same speed as the tuning fork.
That much I knew. And many of you do, too...
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Meaning of Life,
Eccl 1:1-11, Mt. 5:1-6
Rev. Frank Schaefer
- So, today is the first day of the
new year, which causes many to reflect on the meaning of life. As I was
preparing the message, I thought of the works of Douglas Adams entitled: The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In one of his books he describes a
futuristic scene in which a supercomputer is given the question of finding an
answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything. After 7.5 million
years of calculating the computer is ready to spit out the answer. Watch this
little clip to find out...
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So, according to this science fiction, 42 is the answer to the question of
everything, which in binary (the language of the computer) is 101010. It’s
obviously a spoof answer that is making a point about the complexity and
difficulty of the question. However, when I googled 101010 I was surprised to
see how many “prophets” out there are taking this answer seriously enough to
try to come up with interpretations of what it could mean.
Read Ecclesiastes 1: 1-11 (The Message)
The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: "Meaningless!
Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is
meaningless." What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under
the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains
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