Epiphany 5 – February 4, 2018         

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11,20c 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39 – It’s a beautiful poem of knowing and hearing the greatness of God, our strength, and our own power and strength restored. – It’s a wonderful song of praise to God whose steadfast love gathers, heals, … [Read more…]

Epiphany 3 – January 21, 2018

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 God when you call, help us to hear and respond – not by assessing what will be required, what will happen, what will be the result, as if we could know, but to your compelling love … [Read more…]

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…]