Sermons by Rev. Anne Schaefer

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Epiphany Sunday: Star Search – Upper Room

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“This wasn’t what I was expecting.” This is likely how the Magi felt when they arrived at the stable – the place the star had led them.  They probably were expecting to meet a king or a mighty leader, or be led to a palace or a place of great importance and opulence.  Instead, they […]

Advent: Herod — Sanctuary

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When we think of the Christmas story, probably the first character that comes to mind in the story is King Herod, right?  No?  Honestly, that’s not likely to be anyone’s first answer, however King Herod does have some important lessons to teach us.  King Herod was the evil protagonist in the beautiful nativity story.  He was the one who […]

Advent: Mary & Joseph — Upper Room

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Interruptions.  That’s the story of our lives today.  It was also, interestingly enough, the story of Mary and Joseph’s lives as well.  Mary and Joseph were planning for the perfect future together, starting with the perfect courtship, the perfect wedding, and the perfect future.  Then, the angel Gabriel paid them each a visit.  And suddenly, […]

Advent: Elizabeth & Zechariah — Sanctuary

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We start the Advent season with the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah – the parents of John the Baptist.  Rev. Schaefer asked the question, “What’s in a name?”  Names in the biblical times had a lot of power.  Zechariah’s name meant ‘God Remembers.’  Elizabeth’s name meant ‘God is my Oath.’  And had they followed tradition, […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 136 — Upper Room

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This Sunday concludes our series on the Psalms with Psalm 136 – a psalm of thankfulness, which we look at on this Thanksgiving Sunday.  Psalm 136, Rev. Schaefer shares, tells of the thankfulness of God’s people.  This thankfulness has sustained them through many difficult times, even during times of trouble or war.  Even when they didn’t know where to turn, […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 86 – Sanctuary

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Today we continued with our theme of ‘Falling Into the Psalms’ with a look at Psalm 86.  This psalm, as were many of the Psalms, was written by David.  It recognizes that while we are all different and lonely, we can all come together in the presence of God.  Even David was lonely, for years […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 78 – Sanctuary

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As we recognized Reformation Sunday and the 500th Anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church, we focus on Psalm 78 – a psalm of remembrance.  We often learn about God through stories and parables.  It the way we teach about God and the things He’s […]