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Sermons by “The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess”

Becoming Citizens of God’s Kingdom

Here is the glorious news: Because God has rescued us from darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his Son, we are people through whom power is perfected in weakness, wisdom in the foolishness of the cross, glory in humility. We are free to serve the people around us. We are free to serve the people in our country. We are free to serve without being swept up in efforts to wield power.

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The Light Shines in the Darkness

Christ comes in a birth that remains, like all life, a holy mystery. His is a holy mystery around which we can wrap our arms. He came in a tiny body that we can swaddle and rock. He came with needs for warmth, for milk, for nurture that even we can lay hold of. The Lord, love himself, came to us, giving us himself so that we could comprehend him. He came to us, giving us himself so we could receive him.

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God’s visit among the ordinary

God has been doing something new in each of us for quite some time — our whole lives, in fact. God is giving us a new beginning. God has made us his children. God is with us and will never abandon us. He rejoices over us. Have you not heard? Have you not seen? The angels, even tonight, are singing over us, rejoicing that the Savior has come.

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Ground Work

John the Baptist calls us to return. The reworking of our lives and the reworking of this creation is a painstaking process. It is slow, and deliberate, and careful, and patient work. And God is even now bit by bit and hour by hour, through the power of his Holy Spirit, remaking us.

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Meeting Jesus again as our Good Shepherd and as Christ our King

With the crucified Christ as our King, an encounter with Jesus can never be neutral.  For each of us, it presses the question, “Will you step into the life and freedom offered you through the life of Christ? Or will you hold on to your worldly influence and power, which as we can see, will eventually be eclipsed, devoured, destroyed by Christ’s true authority, power, and life?”

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A Saint, a Wheelchair, and a Gas Can

We look back, remembering those saints who inspire us onward in our faith – whether the unnamed saint who lifted himself into his wheelchair to help a stranded motorist, or the Saints known who persevered in their faith despite the persecutions and disappointments that shook the foundations of their world.

We look also forward to the end time when, as we are promised in the Revelation of John, we are “before the throne of God, and worship him day and night.” We, too, are the ones also who are called to the foot of God’s throne, called to his altar, to turn our faces toward him in praise. Even now, God calls us to discover the wellspring of joy and the fullest expression of the goodness with which he created us, as we worship him.

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Love that Gives Us a Direction to Face and a Way to Be

Jesus’ double command to us comes to us as a gift. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your mind, and Love your neighbor as yourself.” This double command gives us a direction to focus – toward God who is OUR love, who loves us already. And it gives us a way to be – we are meant to be people who live as God’s image-bearers, as people who love their neighbors in a world that is hurting.

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Changing into the Wedding Garment

God’s invitation is wide open, even to the tax collector, prostitutes, those who are blind, those who are lame, even us. But God’s love is not content to leave us where we are. God’s love is transformative. God’s love heals. God’s love makes us new.

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Come Work in the Vineyard

God’s invitation to you today is, Come work in the vineyard. The harvest is plentiful. There are people out there who are waiting precisely for YOU to show up in their lives and share with them the Word of life.

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What makes the Church the Church?

As the Church, we have the enormous privilege of sharing Peter’s confession that gives hope to those who are lost in darkness: “Jesus, you are the answer, the point, the last word, the meaning. You are it!”

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