Faith@First
The Baptism of Jesus

The Baptism of Jesus

January 17, 2020

January 12, 2019
Matthew 3:13-17 NRSV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

It is in baptism where God’s promise to Jesus overflows from his life and spills into ours.

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The Magi

The Magi

January 8, 2020

January 5, 2019
Matthew 2:1-12 NRSV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

The outward journey is an expression of the inward journey, the journey within one’s self to help see with greater clarity who it is that God has created in you, and to commune with the Christ who lives in you.
Leaving home to be challenged and stretched. To be terrified and excited. To be confronted with the world’s depth of sadness, its surprising joy, and the particulars of everyday life, help you understand the journey within, and better understand yourself.

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The Word Become Flesh

The Word Become Flesh

January 8, 2020

December 29, 2019
Matthew 2:13-23 NRSV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

You are God’s creative Word that has become flesh. You are God’s living Word speaking life and salvation. You are God’s eternal Word dwelling in Your world, wherever you are, and wherever you go.

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

January 8, 2020

December 24, 2019
Luke 2:1-14 NRSV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

This Christmas, perhaps the best way to celebrate Jesus’ birth, the arrival of the divine into our world, is, with prayerful intention, to grow more fully into who God created You to be, and to offer that beautiful human self to others to help them grow. So that we all may grow together. This Christmas, may the baby Jesus, the Christ Child, the divine arrival, be born in you again today, and awaken you to the divine in yourself and in others. May you continue to grow more fully into who God has created you to be. May God’s image grow more clearly in you each day.

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Love - Advent 4

Love - Advent 4

January 5, 2020

December 22, 2019
Matthew 1:18-25 NRSV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

The third Sunday in Advent is the Sunday called "Love." It is important in this advent season to listen to and discern where God is leading us. Discernment doesn’t stop. Life is a constant quest that requires ongoing discernment, ongoing listening, ongoing questioning. And ongoing purposeful action.

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Peace - Advent 2

Peace - Advent 2

December 11, 2019

December 8, 2019
Isaiah 11:1-10 NRSV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

This second Sunday in Advent is the Sunday called “Peace.” Change can happen in our world, not just by protesting, or winning elections, or lobbying those in power.

But the real change, the real power comes when people recognize each other’s shared humanity, each created in the image of God, serving one another, being served by another, putting aside egos and agendas, learning from those who are different from us, hearing stories that may disturb us and opinions that infuriate us, then finding common connection, finding friends in the unlikeliest of places, and the spirit of the Lord resting upon us.

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Hope - Advent 2019

Hope - Advent 2019

December 5, 2019

December 1, 2019
Isaiah 2:1-5 NRSV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

This first Sunday in Advent is the Sunday called “Hope.” I invite you during this coming week to listen to your life with hopeful ears, listen to your community, listen to your neighbours, and ask yourself, where are you seeing hope? Where are you hearing hope? Where are you living hope?.

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Christ the King

Christ the King

November 26, 2019

November 24, 2019
Luke 23:33-43 NRSV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

As servants of Christ our King, the God on the cross, may you be known by how much you love, radiating the Christ who loved us so much that he died rather than lift a finger against those who were killing him, so that he would rise to transform the whole world into his loving likeness.

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The Problem with End Times Theology

The Problem with End Times Theology

November 24, 2019

November 17, 2019
Luke 21:5-19 NRSV

Kevin Powell
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

Are we living in the End Times? No, we are living in this time. You are living in your time. All we really have is this moment, until this moment ends. Your moment ends. And another moment emerges.

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Living with Downs Syndrome

Living with Downs Syndrome

November 21, 2019

November 10, 2019
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 NRSV

Laurie Bennie
First Lutheran Church
Calgary, AB

Guest Preacher Laurie Bennie talks about her experience, the challenges and joys, of her first daughter being born with Downs Syndrome. How her heartbreak at the news that her daughter had a disability has, through prayer, turned to joy in the amazing person her daughter Michelle is.

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