Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes (Page 4)

Epiphany 5C – February 10, 2019

“When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me.” Psalm 138:3             Over my 38, almost 39 years of being a preacher, I have seldom focused upon the psalms, 150 of which make up the hymn book for the people of Israel.  Psalms were sung in the temple, accompanied by string instruments and drums.  They are poetic prayers which…

Epiphany 4C – February 3, 2019

But strive for the greater gifts.  And I will show you a still more excellent way.  1 Corinthians 12:31  In the 2005 movie, The Wedding Crashers, during one of the early scenes Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, who play best friends, are at a wedding ceremony when the pastor announces that the bride’s sister will now read scripture.  Owen says to…

Epiphany 2C, 2019 – January 20, 2019

They have no wine…. John 2:3             Something goes wrong at every wedding – no matter how meticulously planned, how much money is spent, how carefully every detail is attended to.  The veil’s forgotten in the hotel room making the bridal party late for the ceremony;  the ushers are hung-over from the night before; the limo driver shows up late; the flower…

Epiphany C – January 6, 2019

Then opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 Today we’re in Act 3 of the Christmas Pageant. In Act 1, Joseph and a very pregnant Mary arrived in town of Bethlehem where there were “No Vacancy” signs flashing everywhere. They finally find a place to rest, a stable behind an inn, and there the…

Christmas Eve 2018

“Glory to God in the highest heaven…” Luke 2:14 Just this. Just now. Nothing else. Not the things left undone nor the things done. Just this. Just now. It’s more than enough, always has been, always will be. This. Now. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Open your eyes and look around. See the light pushing back the…

Advent 4C – December 23, 2018

Luke 1:39-55 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” It was a dilemma none of us expected. Usually the competition over the coveted role of Mary in the Sunday School Christmas Pageant at St. Bartholomew’s Lutheran Church in Trenton was fierce. In the past tears were shed over it. The Sunday School teachers always took great care in picking just the…

Advent 3C – December 16, 2018

Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3 Joy! Isn’t that what we all want for Christmas? Joy! Isn’t it what’s behind everything we do – the shopping, baking, decorating, sending cards, entertaining, even coming to worship, preparing the Christmas pageant? We all want a little joy in our lives. The…

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…

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