Sermons

A Sense of Distance

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen December 9, 2018 Scripture: Luke 3:2-6 I chose this scripture for today, for our Blue Christmas Observance because of its sense of distance: the difference between what is and what will be when the peace of God reigns in our world. Here in our gospel reading, John the Baptist is crying out for the way to be made for Christ to come, and he does it by quoting words from the prophet Isaiah. These are words from a time in Israel’s history that was catastrophic. When Isaiah wrote these words, some 600 years before John and ...
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Welcome the Unexpected

by Rev. Chris Jorgensen Preached December 2, 2018 at Hanscom Park UMC (To see the video version of this sermon, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/1132163853616542/) Scripture: Luke 17:20-22, 26-33 Nothing like a good fire and brimstone scripture to start our Advent season. You’re welcome! Perhaps you were hoping for sweet baby Jesus or holy Mother Mary? I mean, that’s reasonable. Advent is, after all, a period of waiting to celebrate and remember the first Christmas – the holiday that marks Jesus being born among us as a tiny baby in a rustic manger in a little town called Bethlehem. Sometimes we think of the ...
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The Radical Notion That Prayer Makes a Difference

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen November 11, 2018 Nehemiah 1:1-11 Cupbearer to the King. That’s Nehemiah’s job title. It is a sweet gig. It means that Nehemiah lives in the palace in Susa, the capital of the Persian Empire. He King Artaxerxes’s right-hand man. He is a trusted counselor. He has money and power and influence. The job does have one small drawback. The cupbearer tastes all the king’s food and drink before the king touches it. You know, in order to make sure it is not poisoned. Hey – all that power and money and influence doesn’t come for free ...
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Y’all do all y’all can!

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 28, 2018 Scripture: John 14:8-13 This is a picture of me from September 2016. I had been in full-time ministry one year and three months. I had awakened in the early morning hours with numbness and tingling on the left side of my body. When I tried to walk, I sort of tipped to my left side. Watching me, you might have thought I had a few too many to drink – but I hadn’t had a drop. So I knew something was definitely wrong. Of course, my first thought was, “Oh no. I’m too ...
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See, the home of God is among mortals

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 21, 2018 Scripture: Revelation: 21:1-6 Raise your hand if you’ve ever read the Book of Revelation in the bible…not just like an excerpt – I mean the whole enchilada. It’s kind of a wild book. There’s all of this vibrant imagery and symbolism. It is full of angels and a great beast and a whore of Babylon and 144,000 righteous ones clothed in white. It’s also a controversial book. Sometimes people don’t know what to do with it. When early church leaders were deciding which books should even go in the Bible (like super early ...
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