Written Sermons

January 2, 2017

The Eighth Day

Luke 2:21-40 by Daniel Harrell Happy New Year—we hope. 2016 left a lot to improve upon—the hottest year on record both politically and climatologically. I’ve resolved to go to church […]
December 26, 2016

Christmas Eve

Psalm 23; Isaiah 40:1-11; Luke 2:8-20 by Daniel Harrell Any familiarity with tonight’s Old Testament passage from Isaiah 40 likely comes from having heard it sung as part of Handel’s […]
December 4, 2016

Who Is This?

Matthew 13:53-58 by Daniel Harrell Having spent all fall in Matthew 13 with Jesus’ kingdom parables—seeds, weeds, dirt, yeast, pearls and fishnets—I would be remiss to skip this last part […]
November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving Day

Amos 8:1-14 by Daniel Harrell We gather together to worship the Lord this day as we imagine the Pilgrims of old may have worshipped—albeit without buckles. I read this week […]
November 14, 2016

Separation Anxiety

Matthew 13:47-52 by Daniel Harrell This morning’s parable from Matthew 13 draws its comparison to Galilean fishermen who hauled their daily catch ashore and sorted the good from the bad. […]
November 7, 2016

Treasure Hunt

Matthew 13:44-46 by Daniel Harrell Well, Tuesday is almost here. Election Day. Judgment Day. The outcome feels scary whichever candidate we choose or personally don’t choose. I remember a philosophy […]
October 10, 2016

Weed Whacker

Matthew 13:24-29; 36-43 by Daniel Harrell Throughout the early history of Christian biblical interpretation, theologians regularly resorted to allegory as a way of understanding the Bible. For believers, Scripture contained […]
October 2, 2016

Big Trees

Matthew 13:31-32 by Daniel Harrell We’re back to Matthew 13 this morning, plowing forward a few verses, but still sowing seeds, in this instance one single seed, the famous mustard […]
September 19, 2016

The Riddler

Matthew 13:10-17 by Daniel Harrell What a splendid kickoff Sunday last week! A full house of wonderful worship, moon bounces for the kids and great weather, fun food and fellowship […]
September 14, 2016

Small Seeds

Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23 by Daniel Harrell So we’re trying something different this year for our kick-off Sunday. Since a strength of Colonial Church has always been its community life, we […]