Sermon on Luke 1:39-45, for the 4th Sunday in Advent, about Elizabeth and Mary, and their encounter rejoicing about the coming birth of Jesus, the Savior. What does it mean to wait in hope and joy for Jesus? Why is faith not opposed to waiting? What are the blessings of discipleship that Elizabeth and Jesus both proclaimed? How is an infant, still in the womb, and an aged woman, equally seen as vessels of the Holy Spirit, and recipients of His gifts?
Sermon on Philippians 4:4-7, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, about what the place of joy is in this world of violence, war, and bad news. How can we genuinely rejoice in the Lord always? What is the relationship between Christian joy and peace, and how do we receive them? How do they shape the attitude and spiritual life of disciples? What is the place of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving in the life of the Christian?