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Sermons from 2010

Christmas Travels

San Williams

December 26, 2010
Matthew 2:1-12

12-26-2010 SermonA typical topic of conversation this time of year is “where are you going for Christmas?”  One person I asked laughed and said, “Well, Christmas Eve we’ll be with our children in Houston.  After opening gifts Christmas morning, we’ll …

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Christmas Eve

San Williams

December 24, 2010
Luke 2:1-20

There’s nothing like a newborn to melt hearts, dissolve hard-feelings and bring smiles to even the most solemn face.  I suppose that’s one reason the Christmas story about the birth of a baby lying in a manager is so compelling.  …

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Don’t Be Afraid

San Williams

December 19, 2010
Isaiah 35:1-11; James 5:7-10; Matt. 11:2-11

12-19-2010 SermonThe realization that there are only five more days till Christmas may stir up anxiety and raise your blood pressure. These last few days of Advent can be stressful, especially if you haven’t finished your shopping, planned out your …

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The Festival of Lessons & Carols

Chancel Choir and Congregation

December 12, 2010

Since 2005 UPC’s Festival of Lessons & Carols Service has been an Advent tradition for us on the third Sunday of the season.  It is a beautiful way for us to recognize God’s extraordinary providence, not only in offering us, …

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Where Peace Resides

San Willliams

December 5, 2010
Isaiah 11:1-9

12-05-2010 SermonIsaiah’s vision in Chapter 11 is perhaps the most lyrical and poetic vision of peace in all of scripture–a wolf lies down with a lamb, the lion eats straw like the ox, the cow and the bear graze together …

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Waiting with Hope

Judy Skaggs

November 28, 2010
Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 23:36-44

11-28-2010 SermonThere is a Dr. Seuss book called Oh, the Places You’ll Go! that makes reference to a waiting place. Here is what it says: The Waiting Place…for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus …

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Seeing What the Thief Saw

San Williams

November 21, 2010
Luke 23:33-43

11-21-2010 Sermon Christ the King Sunday is the last Sunday of the church’s liturgical year.  It may also be the most problematic Sunday of the church year.  For one thing, we Americans don’t resonate with kings.  In fact, our country was …

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Stewardship Sermon

Carol Tate

November 14, 2010
Isaiah 65:17-25 and Philippians 2:1-11

11-14-2010 Sermon I am honored to be invited to be your preacher this Sunday as we celebrate the culmination of the annual stewardship campaign.  There are many preachers who preach stewardship sermons, but there are few preachers who are more grateful …

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Focusing on the Future

San Williams

November 7, 2010
Haggai 1:5b-2:9

11-07-2010 Sermon Projects sometimes flounder. Dreams don’t always materialize and great plans sometimes fall short.  Case in point:  At 17th and Lavaca Street here in Austin sits a development called La Vista on Lavaca.  La Vista was envisioned as an …

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Chancel Choir Sermon in Song

Chancel Choir

October 31, 2010
Ephesians 1:11-23

Chilcott Requiem Chancel Choir Sermon in Song Requiem   by Bob Chilcott  Be sure to click on the audio button to hear the wonderful music. Born in Plymouth, England, Bob Chilcott began his musical journey as a chorister at King’s College, …

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