Epiphany 2 – January 14, 2018

Rev. Lyle McKenzie Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria 1Samuel 3:1-20 Ps139:1-6,13-18 1Corin. 6:12-20 John 1: 43-51 God, help us faithfully follow Jesus and your calling each of us and all of us together to come and see even greater things than these in your redeeming this world. Amen This is a calling Sunday … [Read more…]

Baptism of Our Lord – January 7, 2018   

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1: 4-11 We thank you God for the waters of creation and the life they hold for the world and each of our lives. We thank you God for the waters of Baptism and the life they hold … [Read more…]

Christmas 1 – December 31, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40 – It’s a beautiful and compelling scene, unique to Luke’s Gospel – combining Jewish rituals of purification for a new mother and redemption of a newborn in dedication to God, Mary and Joseph keep the law, presenting … [Read more…]

Christmas Day  2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Isaiah 52:7-10, Psalm 98, Hebrews 1:1-12, John 1:1-14 I believe it is Anne Lamott, who tells a story of a member of the congregation where she belongs who when they first met, mumbled something that took some time to understand. What she mumbled coming into … [Read more…]

Christmas Eve, 2017 – 5 PM and 7 PM

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Luke 2:1-20 I began this morning’s sermon wondering, in this unusual year, with the fourth Sunday of Advent this morning on the 24th of December, and now Christmas Eve Candlelight worship tonight, and Christmas morning Holy Communion tomorrow, all within these … [Read more…]

Advent 4 – December 24, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria 2 Sam. 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:46b-55; Rom. 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 This unusual year, with the fourth Sunday of Advent on the 24th of December, with Christmas Eve Candlelight worship tonight and Christmas morning Holy Communion tomorrow, all within these 25 hours, we can uniquely … [Read more…]

Advent 2 – December 3, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie            Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2,8-13; 2Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 Last Sunday, as part of the ecumenical leadership exchange, I was at Knox Presbyterian and I thanked the congregation for welcoming me home. Like many times before, I was asked that morning how someone with the … [Read more…]

Advent 1 – December 3, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie  Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria at Knox Presbyterian Church Isaiah 64:1-9 Ps 80:1-7,17-19 1Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37 More than a few times, people have said to me, “With a name like McKenzie, what are you doing in the Lutheran Church? My typical answer is, “They would have me,” or “They needed … [Read more…]

Reign of Christ – November 26, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie            Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 / Psalm 100 / Ephesians 1:15-23 / Matthew 25:31-46 God, you care so much for the little ones of this world that it is like you are them, and our acts of care are for you. And so also in us, … [Read more…]

Pentecost 24 – Nov. 19, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie         Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Judges 4:1-7 Psalm 123 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30   O God, how could you entrust humanity with everything you have created, and how do we find our way to faithfulness over division, disparity, and self-destruction. Only you know the way and continue to … [Read more…]