The Christmas Gift

December 24 2016 – January 8 2017

 

The Christmas Gift: Perhaps the most famous verse of the Bible is John 3:16, “God so loved

the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but

have eternal life.” Jesus was, and continues to be, God’s gift to a rebellious world, and in Jesus

God offers true life, one that is eternal in quantity and quality. During the Christmas season our

sermons will explore this great gift to us from our Creator and Redeemer.

 

December 24

Christmas Eve

Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

December 25

Christmas Day

Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-20

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

January 1

Holy Name of Jesus

Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:15-21

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

January 8

Celebration of Epiphany

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7.10- 14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon by Dcn. Jack Davenport

Advent According to Matthew

Advent According to Matthew:  

The season of Advent begins the Christian year by reminding us that we live within sacred time, time which is the arena for God’s story of creation and

redemption. The secular season places great strains and stresses on us, but the readings, prayers, and liturgy remind us of God’s greater purposes, one in which He is with us, and is acting through the sending of His Son. In this season of reorientation to God’s time and God’s story, we will attend to how the Gospel of Matthew shapes our expectations of the Lord’s coming, His first coming in humility and His second in triumph.

November 27

Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

December 4

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7,18- 19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

December 11

Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Sermon by Justin Mann

December 18

Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7,17- 19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon by Josh Gough

Thy Kingdom Come

October 30 – November 20 2016

Thy Kingdom Come: One of the insights of Christian philosopher James K. A. Smith is that, as

human beings, we are fundamentally lovers directed toward an ultimate love, or in his

terminology, a kingdom. This is true for Christian and non-Christian alike; we all have some

kingdom toward which we are moving ourselves. Our sermons from October 30 th through

November will explore how our readings define the Kingdom of God, and our prayer is that our

hearts would be captivated by this vision such that we are reoriented from our own kingdoms

towards the Kingdom of God, such that we can more faithfully pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come.’

October 30

Habakkuk 1.1-4, 2.1-4; Psalm 119.137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1.1-4, 11-12; Luke 19.1-10

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

November 6

Celebration of All Saints

Daniel 7.1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1.11-23; Luke 6.20-31

Sermon by Ronnie Short

November 13

Isaiah 65.17-25; Isaiah 12; 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13; Luke 21.5-19

Sermon by Fr. Caleb Hummel

November 20

Jeremiah 23.1-6; Luke 1.68-79; Colossians 1.11-20; Luke 23.33-43

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

Testimonies to Timothy

Testimonies to Timothy: Paul’s second letter to Timothy “is the most personal of the letters
attributed to Paul, written to prepare Timothy to carry on the work of ministry after Paul’s
impending death” (David A. DeSilva, An Introduction to the New Testament, 733). The way that
the aging apostle does prepare Timothy is by testimony, that is personal encouragement based on
the works of God experienced by Paul and/or others. Our sermons in the month of October will
seek to discover how these testimonies of Paul to Timothy still speak to us, preparing us for the
work of ministry in our world.
October 2
Lamentations 1.1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1.1-14; Luke 17.5-10
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes
October 9
Service of Healing
Jeremiah 29.1,4-7; Psalm 66.1-12; 2 Timothy 2.8-15; Luke 17.11-19
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes
October 16
Jeremiah 31.27-34; Psalm 119.97-104; 2 Timothy 3.14-4.5; Luke 18.1-8
Sermon by Dcn. Jack Davenport
October 23
Joel 2.23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4.6-8,16-18; Luke 18.9-14
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

Stronger, Higher, Faster

“Stronger, Higher, Faster”: The motto of the International Olympic games is “Stronger, Higher,
Faster,” representing the drive of the games toward unprecedented athletic feats. Yet, watching
such feats highlights the relative blandness of the account of life that we are offered in our
culture; we are invited into boredom, average, status quo, and a ‘good enough for today’
mentality. As Christians, God calls us to a higher purpose, one in we as the people of God have a
mission that has been our mission ever since God called Abraham all those years ago. Over
against the call of the world, our call as Christians is a life that is “stronger, higher, faster,” filled
with purpose no matter our life circumstances. The book of Jeremiah offers a glimpse of this
calling to us, and so, for six weeks at Holy Spirit Anglican Church, our sermons will focus on
our readings from this prophetic book and the topic of God’s call on our lives as the people of
God.
August 21
Jeremiah 1.4-10; Psalm 71.1-6; Hebrews 12.18-29; Luke 13:10-17
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to the Nations”
August 28
Jeremiah 2.4-13; Psalm 81.1,10-16; Hebrews 13.1-8,15-16; Luke 14.1,7-14
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo – “Called to Repentance”
September 4
Sacrament of Baptism
Jeremiah 18.1-11; Psalm 139.1-6,13-18; Philemon 1.1-21; Luke 14.25-33
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to Mercy”
September 11
Celebration of a New Ministry
Numbers 11.16-17,24-25a; Psalm 146; Romans 12.1-18; John 15.9-16
Sermon by Bishop Keith Andrews
September 18
Jeremiah 8.18-9.1; Psalm 79.1-9; 1 Timothy 2.1-7; Luke 16.1-13
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to Sorrow”
September 25
Jeremiah 32.1-3a,6-15; Psalm 91.1-6,14-16; 1 Timothy 6.6-19; Luke 16.19-31
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to Hope”

Walking the Way of Jesus

The most common invitation of Jesus to people he meets in the gospels is “Follow me” (see
Mark 2.14, Luke 5.27, John 1.43, among others). This call to follow is the pattern of the
Christian life lived for the past two thousand years, obeying and learning to discern where Jesus
is calling us to follow. Although our cultural context has changed much from those who heard
this earliest call, the one we follow does not change, and therefore we can learn from the way
that those earliest disciples followed Jesus in his earthly ministry. Our sermons for 8 weeks in
the summer will explore the stories in Luke of disciples following Jesus, his call to live in his
kingdom, and to see how we are still called to follow him today, in a series called “Walking the
Way of Jesus.”
June 26
2 Kings 2.1-2,6-14; Psalm 77.1-2,11-20; Galatians 6.1-6; Luke 9.51-62
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo
July 3
2 Kings 5.1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6.7-16; Luke 10.1-11,16-20
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo
July 10
Amos 7.7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1.1-14; Luke 10.25-37
Sermon by Josh Gough
July 17
Amos 8.1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1.15-28; Luke 10.38-42
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes
 July 24

July 24Hosea 1.2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2.6-19; Luke 11.1-13

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes
July 31
Hosea 11.1-11; Psalm 107.1-9,43; Colossians 3.1-11; Luke 12.13-21
Sermon by Jason Waller
August 7
Isaiah 1.1,10-20; Psalm 50.1-8,22-23; Hebrews 11.1-3,8-16; Luke 12.32-40
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo
August 14
Isaiah 5.1-7; Psalm 80.1-2,8-19; Hebrews 11.29-12.2; Luke 12.49-56
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

The Baptized Life

Lessons and Sermons
May – June 2016
On Sunday May 29 we plan to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at Holy Spirit Anglican
Church. This event gives us the opportunity to ask the following question: What kind of life are
we baptized into as Christians? Beginning on the 29th and continuing on the three Sundays
following our sermons will answer this question in a series entitled “The Baptized Life”.
May 29
1 Kings 18.20-39; Psalm 96; Galatians 1.1-12; Luke 7.1-10
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo
Sacrament of Baptism
June 5
1 Kings 17.8-16; Psalm 146; Galatians 2.15-21; Luke 7.11-17
Sermon by Ron Short
June 12
1 Kings 21.1-21; Psalm 5.1-8; Galatians 3.23-29; Luke 7.36-8.3
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes
June 19
1 Kings 19.1-15; Psalms 42 and 43; Galatians 5.13-25; Luke 8.26-39
Sermon by Jeremy Spain

The Parenting Children Course

“How do we get our children from birth to the kind of people God wants them to be?  How can we develop family identity?  How can we meet our children’s deepest needs?  How and where do we set boundaries?  How can we pass on our values to our children?”  The Parenting Children Course is a five-week course which seeks to give parents the space to begin to answer these questions.  Each session is based on a DVD video presentation and includes times for couples to discuss, as well as a table discussion.  Childcare will be provided.

The Drama of Scripture

Stories have great power; we live our life by them, we watch movies of them, and we often desire to see ourselves as part of a larger story.  This five-week course will explore that Bible as a unified and unfolding story, one which explains and affirms our own desire for narrative in our lives, and one in which we can take up our part as one of the characters, finding forgiveness, purpose, community, and hope.

No Ordinary People

 

Easter 2016

 

In his sermon “The Weight of Glory” preached in 1941, C.S. Lewis made this observation: “There are no ordinary people.” During the Easter season at Holy Spirit Church our sermons will focus on some of the “ordinary people” that we read about in the life of the early Church as described in the Acts of the Apostles. By doing this we discover that the resurrection life offered to us by Jesus Christ means that there are indeed no ordinary people!

 

 

March 27: Easter Day

Acts 10.34-43; Psalm 118.14-24; 1 Corinthians 15.19-26; John 20.1-18

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

April 3: Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 5.27-32; Psalm 118.14-29; Revelation 1.4-8; John 20.19-31

Sermon by Justin Mann

 

April 10: Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 9.1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5.11-14; John 21.1-19

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

April 17: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 9.32-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7.9-17; John 10.22-30

Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo

 

April 24: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 11.1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21.1-6; John 13.31-35

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

May 1: Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 16.9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21.22-22.5; John 14.23-29

Sermon by Jack Davenport

 

May 8: Sunday after the Ascension

Acts 16.16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22.12-21; John 17.20-26

Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo

 

May 15: Day of Pentecost

Acts 2.1-21; Psalm 104.24-35; Romans 8.14-17; John 14.8-17

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

May 22: Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8.1-4 and 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5.1-5; Joh n 16.12-15

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes