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Robert Keefer

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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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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Sermon from October 22: Consider Mary...

Consider Mary, and Jacob, and David, and… Pentecost XX (O. T. 29); October 22, 2017 Deuteronomy 7:6-9 We have heard sermons on the Reformation principle "Sola fide," that it is by faith alone that we know the salvation of God. We know we are saved not because of our good works, but we know because of our faith. Now we are beginning a short series o...
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Sermon from October 8: We Live by Faith

We Live by Faith Pentecost XVIII (O. T. 27); October 8, 2017 Habakkuk 2:1-4 In the city of Worms, Germany there was a meeting that set the course of European politics for centuries. Charles V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, summoned Martin Luther to stand before the Assembly and declare whether he would or would not recant what he had written. T...
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Sermon from October 1: Sola Fide

Sola Fide World Communion; October 1, 2017 Genesis 15:1-6 Some stories are intersecting here this morning. One of them is the story of this character from the Bible, Abraham. God had summoned him to leave his home, along with his wife and servants and a troublesome nephew, and to resettle elsewhere. God had made three promises: I will give you this...
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Sermon for August 27: Solemn Joy

​ Solemn Joy Pentecost XII (O. T. 21); August 27, 2017 I Corinthians 11:17-34 When Kathleen and I travel, we always try to go to worship on Sunday, the Lord's Day. When we were in Hilton Head two weeks ago, we went to the First Presbyterian Church and had a wonderful experience. We feel most engaged in a community experience of God when we are at a...
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Sermon for August 20: Not Merely "Christian," but "in Christ."

Not Merely "Christian," but "In Christ" Pentecost XI (O. T. 20); August 20, 2017 Romans 6:1-11 I'm doing a sermon this week on baptism and one next week on the Lord's Supper before heading to follow the footsteps of Martin Luther. I look forward to sharing some of that experience with you when I return. This short section of Paul's Letter to the Ro...
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Sermon for August 6: Armed and Ready

Armed and Ready Pentecost IX (O. T. 18): August 6, 2017 Ephesians 6:10-20 Our brother Pastor Lazarus - member of this congregation and leader of our Sudanese community - has been in the hospital recovering from something he contracted when he was in Africa. In the hospital in Khartoum the treatment was ineffective and has left him with additional d...
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Sermon for July 23: Is God Home?

​ Is God Home? Pentecost VII (O. T. 16); July 23, 2017 Ephesians 2:11-22 Ever since the front wall of the new Commons went up, we have been able to imagine what the new space will be like and what we will be able to do in it. We can also imagine light flooding in the great front windows and enjoying looking out at what will be our beautiful courtya...
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Sermon from July 16: The Purpose

​ The Purpose Pentecost VI (O. T. 15); July 16, 2017 Ephesians 1:1-14 My friend told me a story from a committee meeting that I think perfectly sets up the one point we need to take away from this convoluted passage of Scripture. I am a Rotarian; we are dedicated to creating an international community of peace and goodwill and, among other things, ...
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Sermon for July 9: Dust?

​ Dust? Pentecost V (O. T. 14); July 9, 2017 Psalm 103 "For the LORD knows whereof we are made and remembers that we are but dust" (Psalm 103:14, Book of Common Worship ). The minister used that phrase in the prayer one Sunday, and a child in the congregation whispered to his mother - just loud enough for everyone in the church to hear - "Mommy; wh...
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Sermon from June 25: A Cup that Overflows

​ A Cup that Overflows Pentecost III (Ordinary Time XII) June 25, 2017 Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." Don't those words touch most of us somewhere? I knew a couple who had a spiritual practice of saying this psalm together regularly; as he was dying, she sat next to his bed and they would say it together. At funerals I often ...
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Sermon from June 18: How Long, O Lord?

​ How Long, O Lord? Pentecost II; June 18, 2017 Psalm 13 The guest preacher told me a story and asked, "Can I use this in my sermon?" I thought about it and about the congregation I was serving at the time and told him that I thought he should not. So he didn't. I'm going to tell you, but I'm changing the offending word. A woman talked to her pasto...
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Sermon from June 11: For Why?

​ For Why? Trinity Sunday; June 11, 2017 Psalm 100 Sometimes when I'm saying my prayers I feel something like a great weight on my heart, as though an enormous force is pressing in on me. It feels like awe, the sense you have when you're face-to-face with the scope and majesty of reality. Perhaps you and I feel something similar when we're out on t...
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Sermon for May 21: All God's Critters

​ All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir Easter VI; May 21, 2017 Upon the Retirement of Vickie Jones Psalm 150 All God's critters got a place in the choir Some sing low and some sing higher, Some sing out loud on a telephone wire, Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they've got now. The poet who wrote the words to Psalm 150 put it...
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Sermon for May 14: Just as God did to us.

​ "Just as God did to us." Easter V; May 14, 2017 Acts 15:1-11 When's the last time you heard yourself say, "Why can't they be more like us?" Don't tell me you've never said that. Okay, perhaps some of you haven't. But I know I've caught myself at least thinking it, and have heard people say it a lot. People born in this country say it about immigr...
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Sermon for Easter: Joanna's Witness

​ Joanna's Witness The Resurrection of the Lord; April 16, 2017 Luke 24:1-12 Most of you have probably heard of Peter, James, and John. You are likely to have heard of Paul, who wrote so much of the New Testament. And you may have in your mind a visual picture of Jesus and the folks he traveled with, those who heard his teaching and learned his les...
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