August 31, 2014
Matthew 16:21-28
Romans 12:9-21
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c

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The Next Step

First Sunday after Christmas Day

from the book
You Have Mail From God!
Second Lesson Sermons For Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Cycle C


Harold C. Warlick, Jr.



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Paul's letter to the Colossians has a rhythm to it, "put out ... put on." It's a rhythm with which we contemporary Christians can resonate. There is a certain throwing away of past practices that eventuates in every productive life. One year I decided to use the time after Christmas to rid myself of my old clothes. With great zeal I threw the old, out-of-style ties, shirts, sweaters, and pants into the trash. Right there, amid the mangled and torn Christmas wrappings, the faded, dry greenery, and the cracked and broken decorations, sat my old clothes. They no longer served me. I no longer believed in them. They had failed to keep up with my needs and my desired personae. But, alas, my closet was then virtually empty. I had nothing to wear. Consequently I had to go shopping for an entirely new wardrobe. Trying to find something to "put on" was more expensive, tiring, and agonizing than tossing out...

This First Sunday after Christmas Day sermon, The Next Step, is based on Colossians 3:12-17 and relates to First Sunday after Christmas Day of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book You Have Mail From God! . 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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