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Your Calling

Sunday, February 3, 2013 — Epiphany 4 C — Jeremiah 1:4-10 / I Corinthians 13:1-13 / Luke 4:21-30

Already at an early age our children think about what they want to do with their lives. It may start out as simply wanting to be a fireman or movie star. As they age, it gets more complicated. We all long for a calling, a vocation. We want to do something with our lives that matters and makes a difference. Frederick Buechner in his book Wishful Thinking puts it well. “The place God calls you (your vocation) is where your deep gladness and the deep hunger of the world meet.”

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Good News for the Hometown

Sunday, January 27, 2013 — Epiphany 3 C — Luke 4:14-21

After having been gone from my hometown and home church for years while attending college and seminary, I was finally invited to come back and preach to my home congregation. I was nervous, not only because I was afraid of looking bad in front of the hometown folks, I was afraid that some of my old childhood friends might be sitting in the congregation who knew too much about my past.

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Love for Billy and Betty

Sunday, January 20, 2013 — Epiphany 2C — Isaiah 62:1-5

Let me tell you the story of Billy and Betty, one of those typical couples of middle class, suburban America pursuing the American Dream in their standard suburban home with two cars in the garage, two kids in hand, the latest electronic gadgets in the house, lots of debt and hardly miss a Sunday in church. However, it is not what it appears to be.

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Don’t Forget Your Nametag!

Sunday, January 13, 2013 — The Baptism of Our Lord B — Isaiah 43:1-7

At Christ Church we also want relationships to move past the nametag level. To help make that happen we have many opportunities for people to connect with others in a variety of ministries and small groups. We don’t want anyone here to feel alone or disconnected. We want people to know that we not only know their name but care about them as well. You do not have to be on a desert island to feel alone. Sometimes being in a large crowd, even in the midst of thousands of people, can be a terribly lonely place.

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Taking the Right Wrong Turn

Sunday, January 6, 2013 — The Epiphany of Our Lord — Matthew 2:1-12 / Isaiah 60:1-6

Several years ago I had to leave the men’s retreat at the Lutheran Hills camp in Brown County late on a Saturday night to get back to Zionsville to lead Sunday morning worship. It was pitch black. There was no moonlight. There were few lights in the night. Sure enough, I made the wrong turn and soon found myself winding through the hills of Brown County in the blackness of night not having a clue as to where I was. But amazingly after about 30 minutes of aimless wandering, I found myself crossing highway 37 just north of Bloomington. I had thought that I had taken the WRONG TURN. However, I had surprisingly taken the RIGHT TURN. I was able to find my way back to Zionsville, all be it in a way that I had never anticipated.

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