July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Expectations of Hope A Sermon Preached at Christmastime

from the book
In Sure And Certain Hope
An Anthology of Exemplary Funeral Messages


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Daniel M. Shutters

___________ death from melanoma occurred when he was thirty-eight years old. The early December death was marked by periods of hope and despair, but most assuredly by faith.

It is a time of joy and sadness. The joy of the approaching Christmas season fades into darkness as we experience death in our midst. The scripture passages we read from the Gospel echo Christ's entry into Jerusalem for the celebration which leads to the crucifixion of Christ. The progress and setbacks of _____________ illness are paralleled in the events we recognize later in the Spring of the Church Year ... The Sunday of the Passion began so full of hope, laughter, shouts and smiles of anticipation and expectation.

Each year we begin anew the cycle of liturgy which follows the life of Christ. We start with Advent, the preparation for the coming of the birth of Christ. We move into the Epiphany Season - that time which celebrates the manifestation of...

This funeral sermon, Expectations of Hope A Sermon Preached at Christmastime, is based on John 12:24-26. This funeral sermon is excerpted from the book 'In Sure And Certain Hope '. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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