Speaker: Intern Pastor Miriam Hanson

Sermon at Nazareth

This week, Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth. As the town that raised him, the Nazarenes ought to have an all-access pass to Jesus’s restorative power, right? Furthermore, as Jesus’s followers today, shouldn’t we expect full and immediate access to the Good News whenever we please? Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores how sometimes the Good News is for the benefit of someone else. Sometimes there is no home team advantage. 

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 146, Luke 4:14-30

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Boy in the Temple

In this week’s lesson, Mary and Joseph lose an adolescent Jesus in Jerusalem, only to find him days later among teachers in a temple. We see a new perspective of God’s unconditional love for and value of children. Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores how we too can get trapped in our routines and invites us to approach this new year and each other with a fresh perspective.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 2:7-8, Luke 2: 41-52

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Spirit of the Lord upon Me

At the end of a year where many of us feel broken down and brokenhearted, it can be difficult to imagine how we will ever rebuild society and spirits. This week the prophet Isaiah reminds us that God is the greatest architect and that the Spirit of the Lord rebuilds us and brings life from the rubble. Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores how we too can bring joy and renewal to those around us during this Advent season.

Accompanying Scripture:
Isaiah 61:1-11, Luke 4:16-21

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Daniel’s Hope in God

Our world is full of tension: so often we are stuck between doing what we want and what we know is right. For the prophet Daniel, tension rose as his faith – his hope – was tested. As we begin a new season in the church year – Advent – we find ourselves waiting and hoping in the tension of this pandemic life. But we have a God who waits with us, a God who abides in the tension with us. On this first week of Advent, we hold onto hope.

Accompanying Scripture:
Daniel 6:6-27, Luke 23:1-5

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Jonah and God’s Mercy

The story of Jonah is often told with an emphasis on the big fish that swallows Jonah up, but that’s only part of the story. Before he’s thrown overboard, before the fish, Jonah and his shipmates face a grueling, tempestuous storm. In these days following the election, you may very well feel caught in a tempestuous storm of your own. Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores where God is in the midst of such anxiety. Will God still the storm?

Accompanying Scripture:
Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10; 4:1-11, Luke 18:13

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All Saints’ Sunday

This Sunday we celebrated All Saints’ Day, a day where we remember the lives of those who have died in the past year. As we gathered to mark their lives, we heard from the prophet Elijah, whose story reminds us of the vulnerability of the human condition. Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores how despite our fragility as earthly creatures, we have a God who promises to sustains us daily, both in this life and forever.

Accompanying Scripture:
1 Kings 17:1-24, Luke 4:24-26

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Golden Calf

Let’s face it: We are pretty impatient people. Waiting in lines, waiting for people to call us back, waiting for mail to arrive… Isn’t this what gave rise to same-day delivery, instant shopping online, and meal delivery services? Why wait when you could have it now! The Israelites struggled with waiting too. This week their impatience gets the better of them. Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores what we do when we are afraid and more specifically, what we do when we are afraid that God isn’t there for us.

Accompanying Scripture:
Exodus 32:1-14, Luke 23:34

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God Works through Joseph

This week we hear the story of Joseph – the favorite son blessed with dreams from God and a beautiful coat from his father – sibling rivalry almost turns deadly. Joseph says, “You intended to do me harm, but God intended it for good.” Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores what this really means for us, and how God uses bad moments for good.

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 37:3-8, 17b-22, 26-34; 50:15-21, Luke 6:35

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Getting Along

Whenever two or more are gathered…it can be hard to get along. While this isn’t quite what Jesus says to his disciples in this week’s readings, it certainly does seem to be a fact of life for us. Jesus talks about listening: Listening to those we disagree with, to those who have wronged us, and to those we have wronged. How well do we listen? Listen as Intern Pastor Miriam explores how to move forward when we haven’t heard.

Accompanying Scripture:
Ezekiel 33:7-11, Matthew 18:15-20

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Forgiveness

In the versions of the Lord’s Prayer we know, “debts” often gets translated as “trespasses” or “sins.” As we continue our sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer, Intern Pastor Miriam explores what it means to trespass against God, and how forgiveness comes to us even in the midst of a perpetually sin-filled world.

Accompanying Scripture:
Numbers 14:19-24, Matthew 6:9-13

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Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

703.525.9283 (Church)
703.525.1375 (Preschool)

Worship Times

10:00 AM Streaming Worship

We invite you to join us this Sunday.