Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes

Easter B – April 1, 2018

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” John 20:18 Our Greek and Russian Orthodox sisters and brothers have a wonderful tradition of telling jokes on Easter. Since it’s April Fool’s Day, I’ve decided to follow their lead with a couple of jokes, the first an old one from the Smothers Brothers. Three guys die and find…

Lent 5B – March 18, 2018

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:33 It was a Sunday morning in the Spring of 1976 just weeks before my graduation at Susquehanna University. Our Chaplain, Ed Brown, had made arrangements for the pre-theological students to have a preaching experience before heading off to seminary in the fall. So, I…

Lent 4B – March 11, 2018

“For God so loved the world…” John 3:16 Let’s begin with the snakes. When we meet Jesus today he is in the middle of a conversation with Nicodemus, a religious leader who visited him one night to ask “Who are you?” They proceed to have a conservation where Jesus is on one level and Nicodemus on another, never quite connecting. Maybe you’ve…

Lent 1B – February 18, 2018

“And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.” Mark 1: 12 Last Wednesday my day began with mixing the gray dust from burnt palms with a bit of olive oil to make a paste to be used to mark the sign of the cross on foreheads while saying: “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” For me,…

Epiphany 5B – February 4, 2018

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40: 31 So, are we ready for some football? Well, not quite yet. Although looking around the Church today a visitor, especially a Patriots’ fan, might not feel very welcomed.…

Epiphany 2B, 2018 – January 14, 2018

He found Philip…. Philip found Nathanael…. Come and see. Four words stand out in today’s Gospel. The first is found. Jesus found Philip and then Philip found Nathanael. Found. Have you ever been lost? I mean more than taking a wrong turn on a country road or plugging an address into your phone and being directed to place you did not want…

Christmas 1B – December 30, 2017

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace…” Luke 2:29 Simeon showed up early this year. This righteous and devout man did not wait until 40 days after the birth of Jesus to make an appearance. He was here on Christmas Eve at the 4 pm service no less – the one for children, the one with a degree of chaos…

Christmas Eve B December 24, 2017

“…. to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11 Before you extinguish your candle, take a moment and look around…see the light transforming the darkness…see one another in heavenly peace…see the dawning of a new hope… Take a breath, in – out. And another, deeper and let it the…

Advent 3B – December 17, 2017

For nothing will be impossible with God. Luke 1:37 Years ago, when our Music Director, Tom Snyder, introduced a new carol to the Adult Choir – in fact the very one they are singing today – he said, “This is a lovely carol entitled, ‘And Mary Said Yes.’” Immediately a response was shouted out, probably one of the Basses, “And Joseph said,…

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