Sermons by The Rev. Jessica Schaap

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2017 June 4: Day of Pentecost

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June 4, 2017: Pentecost 2017 The Varieties of Gifts during Change 4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the […]

2017 January 15: What are you looking for?

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John 1:38-39 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” What are you looking for? The first words of Jesus in the Gospel of John are this […]

2016 December 25: Christmas Day

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The sermon of 2016 Christmas Day 10:00am service. A couple of years ago I really wanted a perfect Christmas. I did stuff I hadn’t ever done before or at least it had been a very long time. I decorated – went all out with a bird theme – baked and shopped and listened to Christmas […]

2016 August 21: Worthy to Stand Before You

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10 Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, […]

2016 Apr 03: Second Sunday in Easter – Doubting Thomas

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For years, the gospel story we heard today has been known as the story of Doubting Thomas. It’s been popular with painters. There’s a big oil painting by Caravaggio showing Thomas bent over, eyes wide, sticking his finger almost to the knuckle into the gape under Jesus’ ribs, he almost lifts the skin as if […]

2016 Mar 20: Palm Sunday – From Palm to Passion

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Luke 19:28-40; Luke 22:14-23:56 From Palm to Passion The air was filled with praise and shouts of joy. They were certain here was the Messiah the people had longed for, and prayed for, for generations. This was someone who had performed deeds of power and healing, someone who was an amazing teacher and preacher, someone […]

2016 Mar 13: Lent 5 – John 12:1-8

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John 12:1-8 In one of the shortest short stories ever written, Ray Bradbury, the great sci-fi writer, tells a story of a little girl named Margot who lives with her family on the planet Venus . On Venus it rains and rains and rains. It rains for seven years straight but for one hour every […]