Sermons from 2012

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CLOTHES MAKE THE CHRISTIAN

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Carlos Wilton, December 30, 2012; 1st Sunday of Christmas, Year C; 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Colossians 3:12-17 “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” – Colossians 3:14 Well, have the Christmas sweaters gone back into the box yet? How about the ties, with Christmas trees on them? You can […]

THE LIFE IN THE DARKNESS

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Carlos Wilton, December 24, 2012; Christmas Eve; Matthew 2:1-12 “Then [Herod] sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’” – Matthew 2:8 Let’s start, this evening, with a riddle. It comes from […]

A ROYAL PREGNANCY

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Carlos Wilton, 4th Sunday of Advent, Year C; Luke 1:39-45 “And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’” – Luke 1:41-42 “Hark, the Fleet Street tabloids sing: Glory to the newborn king — or queen)!” They’ll […]

NOT THE END OF THE WORLD

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Carlos Wilton, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C. Malachi 3:1-4; Philippians 1:3-11 “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6 OK, so you got a speeding ticket…. you got a C-minus on that exam…. […]

GODSMACKED?

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Carlos Wilton, November 25, 2012 — Non-Lectionary Sermon, Isaiah 40:12-23; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand…?” – Isaiah 40:12a Round about now, in our recovery from this hurricane, I suppose it’s understandable if you’d start asking the question, “Why?” Why did it happen? Why did God let […]

THE GREEN PROMISE

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Carlos Wilton, November 18, 2012; Non-Lectionary sermon; Genesis 8:1-12; Romans 8:18-25 “…the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf…” – Genesis 8:11a Well, this is going to be a different sort of Thanksgiving, isn’t it? Person after person I speak to says the […]

COMMITTED TO CHRIST, 5: THE CIRCLE OF SERVICE

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Carlos Wilton, November 11, 2012; Non-Lectionary Sermon; 1 Kings 17:8-16; Matthew 20:17-28 “…whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant” Matthew 20:26b Last Sunday, when we gathered here, the pain was intense. The wound was still bleeding. In our midst were many who were so close to the source of their distress, […]

COMMITTED TO CHRIST, 4: SOMETHING TO BEHOLD

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Carlos Wilton, October 28, 2012 – Non-Lectionary sermon; Psalm 63; Matthew 28:1-10 “So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.” – Psalm 63:2 So, what have you got on your pre-hurricane to-do list? Put away the lawn furniture? Stock up on bottled water and toilet paper? Fill the car […]

COMMITTED TO CHRIST, 3: JUST READ IT!

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Carlos Wilton, October 21, 2012; Non-Lectionary Sermon; John 6:50-69 “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63b In one of his books, the travel writer Bill Bryson tells of visiting Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri [Bill Bryson: The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America]. The house where the […]

COMMITTED TO CHRIST, 2: BE STILL AND KNOW

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Carlos Wilton, October 14, 2012; Non-Lectionary Sermon Psalm 46; Romans 8:18-27 “Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10 [Begin the sermon with a very long silence.] “‘Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.’ The Lord of hosts is with […]