Transformation in Whoville

Transformation in Whoville

Many of the Christmas classics describe the transformation of their characters. But there are only two where the transformation comes about through an encounter with Christmas itself. One begins, “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.” The other begins, “Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot.”

Watch  or Read

Text: Luke 2:1-12
This sermon was delivered to Crawford Memorial UMC by Rev. Anne Robertson on December 20, 2020.

The Shepherd Channel

The Shepherd Channel

Why did God broadcast the news about Jesus’ birth to shepherds? Why show the angel chorus and light show on the Shepherd Channel and not the Royalty Channel, the Temple Channel, or the local news? Because shepherds were the ones who would understand.

Watch or Read

Text: Luke 2:8-16
This sermon was delivered to Crawford Memorial UMC by Rev. Anne Robertson on December 13, 2020.

Bending Low

Bending Low

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear was written by Unitarian Minister Edmund Sears in 1849. Both angels and people do a lot of bending in that carol. Why? Why did they cut out the third stanza back in 1935? What did it say, and what might we gain if we put it back? 

Watch  or Read

Text: Philippians 2:5-11
This sermon was delivered to Crawford Memorial UMC by Rev. Anne Robertson on November 29, 2020.

Royal Thanksgiving

Royal Thanksgiving

This sermon brings us the intersection of a secular holiday (Thanksgiving) and a Christian Holy Day (Christ the King or the Reign of Christ). The first celebrates gratitude and the second the day when human power will give way to the rule of Christ in the realm of God. Viewed separately, each has its pitfalls. But when we look at the two days together—the holiday and the Holy Day—the key to protecting ourselves from both errors comes into view. Watch and learn about the humble mind of Christ.

Watch or Read

Text: Philippians 2:5-11
This sermon was delivered to Crawford Memorial UMC by Rev. Anne Robertson on November 22, 2020.

Love the Spider

Love the Spider

If there’s one thing that 2020 is asking of us, it’s to have courage. But how do we get there? Where does courage come from and how do we get it when we don’t feel like we have enough?

Watch or Read

Texts: 1 John 4:18
This sermon was delivered to Crawford Memorial UMC by Rev. Anne Robertson on November 15, 2020.

What She Did for Love

What She Did for Love

Leaving home is hard, whether we are leaving our physical or metaphorical home. But there comes a time when we all need to do it; and, when we do, we can find the courage to walk out the door into a new world through love. The story of Ruth shows us what that looks like.

Watch or Read

Text: Ruth 1:11-19a; John 15:9-17
This sermon was delivered to Crawford Memorial UMC by Rev. Anne Robertson on November 8, 2020.