Sermons by Drew Downs

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Baptized in Love

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Baptized in Love

The Baptism of Jesus is often treated like the necessary means of getting Jesus into the right space with the cosmos: that if he doesn’t get dunked, he’s stuck. Or else we treat it like the perfunctory reason behind our religious rite. But baptism is way more than that. It’s the start of something awesome. […]

In the Light

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In the Light

In the Epiphany, the church concludes the Christmas season in the same spirit with which it began: that a light comes into the world in the midst of darkness to be for us a permanent reminder of God’s presence and love.   Reinforcing the Christmas Light is in us The Epiphany  |  Matthew 2:1-12 We […]

Love Grows Love

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Love Grows Love

The prologue to John (John 1:1-18) is the Christmas gospel. It reveals how shallow our view of Christmas is. That deep down, we must realize our love is more than practical and theological ideas about God and the nature of Jesus. It’s in every aspect of creation and our very humanity. The Incarnation of Jesus and the […]

Why Stephen?

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Why Stephen

In our crass consumer culture, we get the Feast of St. Stephen which reminds us giving comes with sacrifice and love comes with challenge.   The Feast of St. Stephen is the moral corrector for a shallow Christmas. The question we’ve all asked at some point, even if that point was a short time ago […]

High-Tops

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High-Tops

When someone speaks of their desire to put the Christ back into Christmas, I like to ask which part of Christ is missing: the revolutionary or sacrificial? The Christmas Story is told in the stories of giving shoes and coins Christmas III  | John 1:1-14 Several years ago, when my daughter was very young she was […]

In the Dark

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The Dark

Like our Celtic ancestors, we gather in the dark, in our greatest darkness to be present to the light–because this is how light is best known.   In the darkest night, we can know God’s love best. Christmas II  | Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 Tonight we gather like our Celtic ancestors did long, long ago. On […]

From the Darkness Comes a Great Light

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The Dark

In the sharing the Christmas story, we’re invited to begin with what we’d avoid. We begin in darkness so we can see how bright the light is.   preparing the whole story Christmas I  | Luke 2:1-14(15-20) Tonight we gather at the setting sun like our Celtic ancestors did long, long ago. They would gather […]

Magnifying God

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There’s a way we turn Mary into a stock character for the plot rather than the key to understanding who Jesus is supposed to be for us.   How Mary helps us better see what God is doing Advent 4B  | Luke 1:26-38 This morning I remind you that it isn’t yet Christmas! The sun […]

Standing Among Us

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Standing Among Us

John the Baptist returns for Advent 3B (John 1:6-8,19-28). But do we handicap the truth by expecting honesty in response to a dishonest question? How dishonesty keeps the faithful from seeing Jesus Advent 3B  |  John 1:6-8,19-28 Who are you? This is the question the priests and Levites were sent to ask. Sent. By whom? The […]

Repentance–Turning Toward Love

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Repentance--Turning Toward Love

In preaching repentance, John reveals the surprising truth about the mission of Jesus. That we are first called to admit that we were wrong. the radical heart of an unconventional faith Advent 2B  |  Mark 1:1-8   Reading the opening verses of Mark, we’re often struck by what’s not there. There’s no Mary and Joseph. […]