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4 sermons to complete Year A

posted Nov 6, 2011, 2:53 PM by Tim Isbell   [ updated Nov 8, 2011, 12:02 PM ]
Here are the last 4 sermons to finish up Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary.  You can find these at the end of those listed in this filing cabinet.  I hope you have found some material to help you in your preaching over this past year.  Later this month I'll post some Year B, Advent season sermons.

Proper 28 (11/13): Stewardship

Matthew 25. 14-30 (Parable of the 3 servants who were put in charge of the rich man's wealth when he want on a trip)

This sermon on financial stewardship is also part of the series: Interactive Sermons on Character and Conduct in the New Life.  It's thesis:  Even when it comes to money: Do not be afraid, trust God in everything.

This is a very practical sermon from the premise that God owns everything and we are his managers.  It coaches people on how to manage money, including the tithing.  For more background on this kind of material, click on Tithes and Offerings.

Proper 29, Christ the King Sunday (11/20):  Intercession

Ephesians 1.15-23 (Paul's intercessory prayer for the Ephesians)

Thesis:  God invites us to intercede between himself and our world, at least partly to grow us up.

This is a very practical prayer designed to help people engage in intercessory prayer.  It traces a thread of Old Testament stories about people interceding in prayer for various situations.  Then it suggests that the reason God gives us this responsibility is to grow us up to equip us for reigning with him.  It concludes with some very practical tips on how to do this kind of prayer and what to expect from it.

Proper 29, Christ the King Sunday (11/20): Jesus is Lord, Now and Forever

Ephesians 1.15-23 (Paul's intercessory prayer for the Ephesians)  This sermon also uses Mark 16.19, Hebrews 1.3, Romans 14.10-12,  Philippians 2.8-10,  and Colossians  2.8-10.

Thesis:  Christ is seated at the place of honor at God’s right hand; ultimately he will judge our lives on how we trusted him, loved his people, and carried out his assignment to care for the weak .

Since this sermon was preached on Year A's Christ the King Sunday, the final Sunday before starting the Advent Season for Year B, it starts out with a short teachable moment regarding the Revised Common Lectionary.  In this section, it also encourages people that the following week (Advent) is a great time to start fresh on a daily (or at least weekly) scripture reading and reflection habit.

The core of the sermon, though, drives home the point that Jesus IS Lord of everything now (as opposed to the idea that Jesus may be Lord of the church now but only someday will be the Lord of everything).  It also includes the concept that the primary difference between Christians and everyone else is simply that we recognize that Jesus is Lord of all, and choose to live in this reality in this life.  And we do it through the power of the Spirit of Jesus.

Proper 29.5, Thanksgiving Day: Giving Thanks for Daily Bread

Deuteronomy 8  This is the lectionary scripture for Thanksgiving Day, which usually falls between Christ the King Sunday and the first Sunday of Advent.  It fits well on either the Sunday before or after Thanksgiving Day.  It  connects the Matthew 6.7-15 passage where Jesus teaches the Lord's Prayer, the Matthew 4.1-11 story of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness, and the Old Testament story of God's daily provision of manna in the wilderness.

Thesis:  God wants us to understand that we depend on him for everything, to cultivate a sense of gratitude for the big and small things of life, and to remember that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can fully satisfy the hunger in our souls.

Although you can easily change this, the sermon leads to a time for the congregation to share their thankfulness for God's blessings of the year, and to a prayer time at the end.