David Meriwether
 
David Meriwether

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Through the Christian Year
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I've lived in the Christian Year for more than 8 of the 3 year cycles. I think it is genuinely the most evangelical thing a Christian can do. We live the time-line of Christ's life - each day, every year. We mark time by God's calendar, beginning the year with longing for a Savior in Advent, and ending it hoping for that time when Christ is a King who is Lord of earth and heaven. The pattern of the year becomes a teacher for living a full-of-faith life, and turns each "ordinary day" into another day closer to the rule of God's love in all the cosmos.
So I preach from the Lectionary (except when I "drop out" because it leaves out some passages and themes here and there). I hope a selection of sermons through the seasons gives you some added nourishment in whatever season you find your life.
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Advent
December 10, 2006, Advent 2 - Malachi 3:1-3, LUKE 1:68-79 "In the Middle of the Mess"  [listen]

We think peace is the opposite of war. And since war seems to be the way we have always lived, there will never really be peace. But what if peace is something very different in the middle of the mess of our wars? What if the real war is the one we wage within ourselves that causes the other ones? Can we find a very different peace?

December 17, 2006, Advent 3 - Micah 5:2-5, LUKE 1:47-55, "A Misunderstood Mother"  [listen]

Mary may be one of the more misunderstood mothers of all time, and we Presbyterians have never really given her the honor she is due. If we want to know herand be more like her, we just need to pay attention to her song.

 

Christmas
January 2, 2011, 2nd Sunday in Christmastide, Ephesians 1:3-14, Matthew 2;13-21; "The Other Cost of Christmas"[Listen] [PDF]

In the escape to tensil and holiday celebration, we forget that Christmas is the announcement of the birth of a Savior to will overcome sin and Evil, ours and the world. We know there are evil people in the world - like Herod - who do terrible things - like murder children. But they remembered and told the story, because God was willing to bear the other cost of Christmas so that Evil would always be conquered by divine love.

 

Epiphany
January 6, 2008, Epiphany: Isaiah 60:1-6, MATTHEW 2:1-12; "No Need for a Star"[Listen]

An Epiphany is a light shining in the dark, and now we have a light the dark cannot overcome.

February 22, 2009, Sunday of Transfiguration "More Than A Prophet" [Listen]

They thought he was Torah or Prophets returned to lead them, but he was more than a prophet. He was Messiah and Christ and Lord.

 

Lent
February 10, 2008: Lent 1: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, MATTHEW 4:1-11; "Same Old Temptation"[Listen][PDF]

Temptations are all pretty much the same: wishing we didn’t have to live with the limits of humanity - wishing we didn’t have to live by faith.

February 17, 2008: Lent 2: Genesis 12:1-4, JOHN 3:1-18: "Feel the Wind"[Listen] [PDF]

Nicodemus was asking questions about second birth in theory, and Jesus answered that new comes from a spiritual reality - the wind!

 

Easter
March 23, 2008: Resurrection Sunday: Colossians 31-4, John 20:1-18 "Empty Tomb or Risen Lord" [Listen] [PDF]

There were lots of explanations for the empty tomb, but the real withess to the resurrection was the living Lord - in the living of the followers!

May 24, 2009, Sunday after Ascension: John 17:9-19 "A Sense of NOT Belonging" [Listen]

In the church and in the world, we talk about "a sense of belonging" that usually means we are not alone. Jesus means something very different. he means that we belong to Him, and that means "a sense of NOT belonging in the world."

 

Pentecost
June 7, 2009, Trinity Sunday: Matthew 28:16-20 "Reversing the Order" [Listen]

Trinity Sunday gives us the chance to talk about the different ways God come to us, but we recognize more easily if we reverse the order. It is Holy Spirit / Son / Father.

July 12, 2009, 15th Sunday, Ordinary Time: Ephesians 1:3-14 "Living the Pre-Destiny" [Listen]

Ask anyone what Presbyterians believe, and you’ll hear about predestination. But there is a world of difference between pre-destination and pre-determinism. Grace gets us through a world full of choice and chance, consequences and calamities. Hope leads us always toward the destiny.

August 9, 2009, 19th Sunday, Ordinary Time: Ephesians 4:17-5:2 "A Genuine Imitation" [Listen]

Paul tells the followers in Ephesus that the common theme in all their living is for them to become "imitators of God." And when we see who God is in the grace of Jesus, we never see ourselves as a cheap imitation.

October 21,2007: Children’s Sabbath, 2 Tim 3:14-17, MARK 10:13-16; "A Lesson for Children"[Listen]

Children and Youth led every part of worship on Sunday, and the sermon became an extended Lesson for Children so that even adults could have a new picture of the messages we get from the furniture in the sanctuary.

Nov. 20, 2005, Christ the King - Matthew 25:31-45 - King in Beggar's Clothing [Listen]

I'm not one to preach those "hell fire" sermons. But then this text was assigned for Christ the King Sunday. I realized that the problem with those sermons is the part about hell but the part about what can send us there. Jesus warns us about eternal punishment, and the reasons we might be sent there should put some healthy fear in all of us.

November 26, 2006, Christ the King Sunday: 2 Sam 23:1-7; JOHN 18:33-37, "The Misplaced Comma"  [Listen]

Pilate - powerful and clueless - asked, “What is truth?” And Truth was standing in front of him, face-to-face. Christ is more than Truth. Christ is King, even to the ones like Pilate who do not know it. To us who know Christ, doing his will on earth makes his kingdom of love come.

The recording is longer than usual because we include a pastoral prayer that was particularly appropriate to the sermon themes.