Sermons by Drew Downs

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Why Baptism?

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Why Baptism

Those of us inside the faith tend to forget why baptism is so important. It isn’t as complicated as we think. It just takes admitting that’s true. A question at the heart of Christian faith. The Baptism of our Lord |  Matthew 3:13-17 “Why Baptism?” I should have understood the question. It’s my kind. Question […]

Blessed with a Name

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Blessed with a Name

Our names are more than what we call each other. They help define our identities and beliefs. How we name one another is everything. Identity and the blessing of God Christmas 1A | Numbers 6:22-27 I don’t know how old I was. Maybe 8 or 9. Around my daughter’s age when I first learned what […]

And Darkness Did Not Overcome It

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And Darkness Did Not Overcome It

The opening to John’s gospel gives us a still-radical view of Christmas, the Feast of the Incarnation, as it goes beyond the baby and on to us. The Light of Christ and God’s children Christmas Day |  John 1:1-14 “In the beginning was the Word” When we read these words on Christmas morning, they feel […]

The Song of the Flesh

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The Song of the Flesh

In Christmas, we often see Jesus as coming to quiet the noise. But perhaps it is more like helping us hear the music of creation. In the Incarnation, the Word dwells among us. Christmas Eve |  Luke 2:1-14(15-20) This Advent several of us gathered Sunday evenings to eat together, to talk, to explore the birth […]

Echoes of Fear and Salvation

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Echoes of Fear and Salvation

But there’s a wrinkle here. GOD doesn’t just swoop in and fix our mistakes like a helicopter parent. There isn’t a single moment when all salvation is going to happen. Instead, we have a sign which not only marks that something is happening but also how long it takes. A frightened king, murder in Aleppo, and a […]

Waters Shall Break Forth

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Waters Shall Break Forth

These images reveal the beauty of creation and of GOD’s mission in the world. Of a dream that is not yet realized but will be. Will be! God’s message draws us to the margins Advent 3A |  Isaiah 35:1-10 When I first visited my grandparents in Green Valley, I really didn’t know what to expect. […]

Lions Don’t Want to Eat Straw

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Lions Don't Want to Eat Straw

To be changed. We have to change. So that we don’t fear each other. The different. The foreigner. We give up our bigotry. We change. Regardless of whether or not they do. The Incarnation Is More Radical Than We Care To Admit. Advent 2A |  Isaiah 11:1-10 “A shoot shall come out from the stock […]

The Innocent Man

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The Innocent Man

If the problem is an earthly king, enthroned in power for years, then GOD revealed to us instead a Messiah, enthroned on the cross for a matter of hours. Jesus invites us to follow a weak Christ rather than a mighty king Last Sunday after Pentecost C |  Luke 23:33-43 Our church year ends this […]

This is where the church stands

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We stand here today because this is our work. To stand in the breach. To bridge the gaps and bring peace to a people at war. Not with false offerings of unjust silence, but in waging reconciliation. How to find unity in the church at time we feel so divided Proper 28 At convention this […]

You are blessed.

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You Are Blessed

In the midst of our anxiety, we have a cloud of witnesses attesting to the truth of what it really means to be blessed by God. How we see the light only when it’s dark All Saints’ Observed C |  Luke 6:20-31 When I went to vote on Thursday, I drove around the one-way streets […]