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Robert Keefer

Sermon from April 8: Great Power, Great Grace

Great Power, Great Grace Easter II; April 8, 2018 Acts 4:32-35 Our Associate Pastor began a long sabbatical this week. The Session placed her on sabbatical in order for her to attend to a number of matters; during the next nine months we will be without her service. The congregation learned of it through a letter, which most had received by the tim...
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Sermon for Easter: No Fooling

No Fooling The Resurrection of the Lord; April 1, 2018 John 20:1-18 Three folks were waiting for admission at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter welcomed them, but said they had to answer one question before they could enter. To the first, he said, "What is Easter?" And the first person said, "Well, this big guy in a red suit comes down the chimney and gi...
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Sermon for March 25: The Sword of the Spirit

The Sword of the Spirit The Whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) #6 Palm Sunday; March 25, 2018 Hebrews 4:12-13 Most folks who have been around awhile enjoy the hymn "Onward, Christian Soldiers." I remember one church supper that included some hymn-singing; when we sang that hymn we marched around the room. It's really fun to watch a bunch of Pre...
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Sermon for Lent 4: The Shield of Faith



  The Shield of Faith The Whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) #4 Lent IV; March 11, 2018 Hebrews 10:37-11:3 The line from our theme passage in Ephesians is this: "Take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one." The preacher's temptation is to focus on the evil one and those flaming ar...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Lent III: Shoes of Readiness

  Shoes of Readiness to Proclaim the Gospel The Whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) #3 Lent III; March 4, 2018 I Peter 3:13-22 Today we had a "hymn Sunday," so the service music was hymns and there was a lot of extra music. Consequently, I kept my speaking to a minimum and included hymns as part of the sermon. The First Letter of Peter was ...
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Sermon for Lent 2: The Breastplate of Righteousness




The Breastplate of Righteousness The Whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) #2 Lent II; February 25, 2018 Philippians 3:4b-11 I wonder if St. Paul was a runner. Sometimes he explicitly uses running as a metaphor for Christian living and other times it seems to be on his mind, as in this section of Philippians. Here's what comes to my mind when I re...
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Sermon for Lent I: The Belt of Truth

The Belt of Truth The Whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) #1 Lent I; February 18, 2018 John 14:1-7 Our Lent series this year is from Ephesians 6:10-17, the "whole armor of God." The writer lists six pieces of armor that a Christian should wear in order to be fully protected. Keep in mind every week of this series what we are protecting ourselves...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Ash Wednesday: Love Is Strong as Death

  Love Is Strong as Death Ash Wednesday; February 14, 2018 Song of Songs 8:6-7 One of my fraternity brothers made a choice when we were in college; he wrote me a note about it. Many years later I was talking with someone who was still in touch with him and that person said he was still living by that choice. The choice was not to allow anyone ...
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Sermon for February 11: The Temple of Christ's Body

The Temple of Christ's Body The Transfiguration of the Lord; February 11, 2018 John 2:13-21 I was listening to an interview with the poet Mary Karr the other day; I'll bet our women's book club has read one of her memoirs (Note: As it turns out, they have not). Anyway, she had no religion in her life and wasn't particularly interested, perhaps larg...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for January 28 - A Place for Healing

A Place for Healing Epiphany IV (O. T. 4); January 28, 2018 Luke 4:31-37 My friend told me of the voices that afflicted him. These were not the "voices in your head" that accompany certain psychological disorders, but voices of a different sort. He is a talented cook, an accomplished musician, and a loving friend. But the voices told him he was wor...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from January 21: A Place for Learning

A Place for Learning Epiphany III (O. T. 3); January 21, 2018 Luke 2:41-51 A child who asks good questions and who has good answers to questions can be a real joy and a real pain, right? When you're a pastor or a teacher you can be really energized by a twelve year-old who asks stimulating questions and who has bright ideas; if you're that child's ...
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Sermon from January 14: A Place to See Salvation

  A Place to See Salvation Epiphany II; January 14, 2018 Luke 2:22-38 With our building project nearing completion and expecting to dedicate the building in February, today I'm starting a series on what a church building is for. Scripture lessons will be the stories we would typically expect to hear this time of year, the season after Epiphany...
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Sermon for Christmas I: Live in Hope

Live in Hope Christmas I; December 31, 2017 Isaiah 61:10-62:3 "For Jerusalem's sake I will not rest until her vindication shines out like the dawn and her salvation like a burning torch." The city of Jerusalem has been a flashpoint for much of recorded history and never more than right now. We Christians use the name "Jerusalem" in two ways and let...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Christmas Eve: The Singing Army

The Singing Army Christmas Eve; December 24, 2017 Luke 2:1-20 What's the picture in your head when you hear, "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host"? What do you think a heavenly host looks like? Several rows of choristers wearing robes and with their music folders open? One of the tenors is barefoot. Oh, right, the...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Advent IV: Child of Promise

Child of Promise Advent IV; December 24, 2017 Isaiah 9:2-7 We tend to see promise in every child. At the baptism of a child, we hear parents make promises and we remember the promises of God, but we especially think of the promise of a life in its earliest stages. When parents are disappointed in their children, it's for their having failed to live...
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Sermon for Advent II: Love Is on the Way

Love Is on the Way Advent II; December 10, 2017 Isaiah 40:1-11 I've been wondering – and I'm not asking you to raise your hands – how many of us really expect Jesus to come again. Around here there have been more prayers for the second coming of Scott Frost. [1] The New Testament is drenched with the assurance that Christ will return. And we Christ...
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Sermon for Advent I: Holy Inversion

​Our technician didn't get this one recorded, so you won't be able to listen to it. But here is the print version. ​ Holy Inversion Advent I; December 3, 2017 Isaiah 64:1-9 There have been times I've begged God to make some sort of show of power. When a greed-crazed CEO raises medication prices astronomically, do something about him. When governmen...
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Sermon for Christ the King 2017

Seek Christ: Know Jesus Christ the King; November 26, 2017 John 1:1-5, 10-18 Martin Luther is reported to have said that the Scriptures are the manger in which one finds Jesus Christ. Pastor Sara told you a terrific story last week about the finding of a Nativity set and the search for Christ. My friend Linde Grace told me about her daughter taking...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from November 12: Huldah's Message

Huldah's Message Pentecost XXIII (O. T. 32); November 12, 2017 II Kings 22:8-20 Here's the story. The Temple of the Lord had not received proper maintenance for many years, so young King Josiah decided it needed some work. Sounds familiar. So the King ordered the priests of the Temple to recruit carpenters and masons and other workers and to buy wo...
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Sermon for Reformation Sunday: Marked by Grace





Marked by Grace Reformation Sunday; October 29, 2017 Psalm 103:8-14 I have been thinking a lot about Martin Luther these days. In case you haven't heard me say it before: October 31, 2017 is the 500 th anniversary of the Ninety-Five Theses that Martin Luther offered to protest the sale of indulgences. He certainly sent them to the regiona...
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