Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes

Advent 2C – December 9, 2018

In the fifteenth year of the reign of….. Luke 3:1 Of all the Gospel writers, Luke pays careful attention to history, to dates, to getting things in the right context. After a brief introduction, he begins his Gospel with “in the days of King Herod of Judea” putting what he is about to write into history. On Christmas Eve we will hear…

Christ the King B – November 25, 2018

Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” John 18:37 On Wednesday evening, St. John’s was honored to host the Phoenixville Community Inter-faith Thanksgiving Worship. It was a wonderful evening full of many gifts. The first was this beautiful house of worship, next the music of our musicians, especially the choir, an excellent sermon from Pastor Mark Young of First Methodist who…

Pentecost 26B – November 18, 2018

“Look teacher, what large stones and what large buildings…” Mark 13:1 The Jerusalem temple was astonishing. Begun about 20 years before the birth of Christ, when Jesus and has disciples entered, the building was completed only a few years earlier. And what a building it was! Herod the Great completely remodeled the second temple of Zerubbabel. From Herod’s perspective that 500 year-old…

All Saints’ Sunday B – November 4, 2018

Isaiah 25:6-9, Revelation 21:1-7, John 11:32-44 “See the home of God is among mortals….” Revelation 21:3 There is a cost to love. For when we love another, a spouse, a child, parent, sister, brother, friend, when they die or merely move away, we grieve. This year in our community of faith there’s been deep sorrow for a dozen of our brothers and…

Pentecost 22B – October 21, 2018

“What do you want me to do for you?” Mark 10:35 You have to admire the audacity of the Zebedee brothers in our Gospel today. They know their value and seek to grow it. Pro-active guys, they take charge of their lives. With boldness they approach Jesus and come right to the point, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever…

Pentecost 21B – October 14, 2018

“Jesus looking at him, loved him and said….” Mark 10:21 You got to love the young man in today’s Gospel. He’s earnest, good and honorable. He runs ups to Jesus and kneels before him. He correctly answers Jesus’ question. He obviously paid attention in Confirmation for he knows the commandments, and not only that, he’s keeps them! He’s the pride of his…

Pentecost 19B – September 30, 2018

Have salt in yourselves…. Mark 9:49 It’s been a tough week and then instead of the Gospel providing comfort for our anxious souls, it ups the ante with the threat of drowning, dismemberment and blindness. At the end of it when I announced, “The Gospel of the Lord,” did you hesitate for just a moment before proclaiming, “Praise to you, O Christ?”…

Pentecost 18B – September 23, 2018 – 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Pr. Tom Kochenderfer

“Then he took a little child and put it among them….” Mark 9:36 What a joy to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of the Rev. Thomas T. Kochenderfer today! Family and friends have gathered, special music prepared, Pastor Kochenderfer serving as our celebrant of grace-filled worship where he got to pick all the hymns and then a party afterwards.…

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