Sermons

A 2019 Preaching Sampler

The Rev. Chuck Griffin, Pastor, Luminary UMC


Sunday, May 12
“A Good Woman”
Acts 9:36-43

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Sunday, May 5
“My Favorite Story”
John 21:1-9

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Sunday, April 28
“Total Emptiness”
Guest Preacher: Lay Speaker Z Bednarski
Philippians 2:3-8

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Easter Sunday, April 21
“I Am Making All Things New”
Luke 24:1-12

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April 14
“Burial Detail”
Luke 23:44-56

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April 7
“Bearing His Burden”
Luke 23:26-27

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March 31
“Mockers and Abusers”
Luke 23:13-25

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March 24
“Fast Friends”
Luke 23:1-12

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March 17
“The Cock Will Crow”
Luke 22:31-34

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March 10
“Open to Evil”
Luke 22:1-6

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Judas Betrays Jesus with a Kiss


March 3
“A Veil Lifted”
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

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Feb. 17
“Check Your Alignment”
Jeremiah 17:5-10 and Luke 6:17-26

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Feb. 10
“Fear of Abundance”
Luke 5:1-11

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Feb. 3
“The Greatest of These”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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Jan. 27
“Serious Words”

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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 (NRSV)

All the people gathered together in the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month. He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.

And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”


Jan. 20
“When the Wine Gives Out”
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Jan. 13
“Insert Name Here”
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