Sermons

Weekly professional powerhouse sermons by Leonard Sweet.

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12 Gifts of Christmas

12 Gifts of Christmas

12 Gifts of Christmas     Lectionary 22 December 2019 Fourth Sunday of Advent   Matthew 1:18-25   Text to Life     Okay, its December 22nd. How stressed out are you?   Do you still have a closet full of stuff you keep meaning to wrap but somehow haven’t…

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Kiss and Tell

Kiss and Tell

Kiss and Tell     Lectionary 15 December 2019 Third Sunday of Advent   Matthew 11:2-11   Text to Life   This time of year, car dealerships offer big holiday sales to clear out inventories. They are trying to make room for next year’s new “improved” versions of vehicles. But…

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The Last Fork

The Last Fork

The Last Fork* Lectionary8 December 2019Second Sunday of Advent Romans 15:4-13 We get the season of “Advent” so wrong. First of all we think the moment Thanksgiving is over it is time to start singing Christmas carols and celebrating the birth of the Christ child. Apart from the question of…

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The First Go’el

The First Go’el

The First Go’el Lectionary01 December 2019First Sunday in Advent Isaiah 2: 1-5 If you survived “Black Friday,” you have now made it to the eve of “Cyber Monday.” This is the day that starts at midnight and signifies huge online discounts. Cyber Monday has become the least productive day of…

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The Homing Instinct

The Homing Instinct

The Homing InstinctLectionary24 November 2019Christ the King SundayJeremiah 23:1-6Luke 1:68-79Colossians 1:11-20Luke 23:33-43Text to LifeThanksgiving Day Text: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Got out your stretchy pants yet. Men, how about those sweat- pants that have slide down to the bottom of the drawer? Studies show we gain about…

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Don’t Get Weary in Well Doing

Don’t Get Weary in Well Doing

Don’t Get Weary in Well-Doing Lectionary17 November 201923rd Sunday After Pentecost Isaiah 65:17-25Isaiah 122 Thessalonians 3:6-13Luke 21:5-19 Text to Life It is all too easy to get snide and snarky this time of year. The corporate commercialism and marketplace mentality that drives our holiday economy is a full-court press. For…

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Be Square

Be Square

Be SquareLectionary1 November 2019All Saints DayDaniel 7:1-3, 15-18Psalm 149Ephesians 1:11-23Luke 6:20-31Text to LifeWhat a week? We have enjoyed (or endured) the weirdness of Halloween costumes and All Hallows Even craziness. Halloween is fun. It is cloying. It is annoying. It is a billion-dollar business, not the #2 ranking in retail…

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One Thing I Know

One Thing I Know

One Thing I KnowLectionary27 October 201920th Sunday After PentecostJoel 2:23-32Psalm 652 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18Luke 18:9-14Text to LifeDon’t you just love those people who are always “right?” What would we do without the resident “know-it-alls?” It is such comfort to know that on every subject and on every issue, no matter…

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