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I Wonder As I Wander -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
An angel appeared to some shepherds, Saint Luke reports.
The Glory Of Flesh And Blood -- Luke 2:1-20, John 1:1-14 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
A few springs ago, I installed a small pond in the side yard of our home.
No More Senseless Journeys -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
Because Jesus was Mary's firstborn, there were four words that she and Joseph did not have to hear a
Word Made Flesh -- John 1:1-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
Two observations about language: In the academic world, this is what we might call "the season of ve
Son Of God, Love's Pure Light -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 60:1-6, Luke 2:1-20, John 1:1-14 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
The ship's captain stood at the helm on a night that boasted neither moon nor stars, but only impene
A Bow In The Clouds, A Babe In A Manger -- Isaiah 11:1-9, Luke 2:1-20 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
The place to start is with a family on a boat.
Light In Darkness, Speech From Silence -- Isaiah 9:2-7, John 1:1-14 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
This season, the boundaries of darkness are pushed back.
Little Lord Jesus -- Luke 1:46b-55, Luke 2:1-20 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
"Take me to your leader" -- it's the famous cliché of bad science-fiction movies.
In Dulci Jubilo -- Isaiah 61:1-3, 10-11, Luke 1:46b-55, Luke 2:1-20 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
Year after year, we are drawn to this night.
Ironies, Contrasts, Paradoxes, And Reversals -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
Saint Luke's narrative of the Christmas story has been read and heard and cherished this season in m
Come, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come! -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
The same thing has, I'm sure, happened to you: you live your whole life without seeing or hearing a
The Baptist's Prophecy -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
In her Pulitzer Prize winning book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, author Annie Dillard recalls thi
Would We Rather Be Comfortable Or Comforted? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
"What did you go out into the wilderness to look at?" Jesus asks the crowd.
For All The People -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1995
Year after year, we are drawn to this night: This night with its carols, its candlelight, its commun
Holy Love And Herod's Love -- Matthew 2:13-23 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A -- 1995
You must understand something about Herod the Great before you can understand what caused him to kil
Light In Darkness, Speech From Silence -- John 1:1-18 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1995
This season, the boundaries of darkness are pushed back.
Light From And For The East -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Epiphany of the Lord - A -- 1995
It was good to spend some time with you over Christmas break.
A Long Obedience In The Same Direction -- Matthew 3:13-17 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 1995
We live in a microwave world. A hurry-up, get-to-the-point, move-it, move-it, move-it, world!
Spirit-Anointed Son Of God The Father -- John 1:29-42 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1995
"Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit."
Salt And Light -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1995
I was on a bit of a tight schedule that day, so on my way from one hospital to another, I stopped of
"You Have Heard That It Was Said... But I Say To You" -- Matthew 5:17-37 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - A -- 1995
The pastor finishes reading the Gospel text and the people squirm more than usual.
Jesus' Countercultural Sermon -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1995
Sometimes age and experience force us to reevaluate long held beliefs about the world and the way li
Don't Sweat The Numbers -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1995
Once upon a time in a land not far from here, there lived a nation of people.
Main Features And Coming Attractions -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1995
You go into the movie theatre, find a seat that's suitable, clamber over some poor innocent slumberi
Emmanuel: An Advent Dayenu -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
In the Jewish tradition there is a liturgy and accompanying song called "Dayenu." Dayenu is a

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Christmas Candlelight Service -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- 2008
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Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

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Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
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Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
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Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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