Almost every month in the year has a secular holiday -- and on those "special" Sundays, preachers need to balance honoring the occasion with maintaining their focus on the proclamation of God's Word. It can be a challenging task, but it also presents a great opportunity to uncover the religious significance of our civic celebrations. In this extensive volume of inspiring messages, Alex Gondola draws on the rich variety of American culture and scriptural insight to remind us that holidays truly are holy days. Great for personal reading, adult study groups, or fresh sermon ideas, "Holidays Are Holy Days" is a versatile resource that you'll draw on throughout the year.
Sermons are included for:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- Super Bowl Sunday
- Valentine's Day
- Presidents' Day
- St. Patrick's Day
- April Fool's Day
- Earth Day
- Mother's Day
- Memorial Day
- Father's Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Grandparent's Day
- Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day
- Halloween/All Saints
- Reformation Sunday
- Veterans' Day
"How does one avoid simplistic, even overly sentimental, preaching and yet address themes that are important to many American churchgoers? In this book Alex Gondola masterfully navigates his way into insightful sermons on themes which often tax the imagination of excellent preachers. Novice and seasoned preachers will benefit from this book, and all persons who read it will be inspired."
Andover Newton Theological School
"This is biblical preaching in the best sense: informative, creatively theological, challenging, invitational, occasionally wry, always participatory, and faithful to the God whose interests inform every page. In these sermons Gondola weaves hard data, history, and practical theology in the service of challenging Christians to live faithfully in the 21st century."
Nancy S. Taylor
Minister and President
Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
"Designed for those special days in our "civil religion" that preachers often find challenging, these expertly crafted sermons make an intelligent, creative use of scripture that demonstrates the relevance of those ancient texts to the present day. Filled with stories from everyday life, they reach both the head and the heart, and they have a social conscience."
John Price Crozer Griffith Professor of Theology Emeritus
Colgate-Rochester-Crozer Divinity School
Author of "Rejoicing in Life's "Melissa Moments""
Alex A. Gondola Jr., is senior pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He previously served Dennis Union Church in Dennis, Massachusetts. A graduate of Allegheny College (B.A.), Andover Newton Theological School (M.Div.), and Colgate Rochester Divinity School (D.Min.), Gondola has also studied at Hartford Seminary and the New College of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). He is the author of "Come As You Are, Pray Like This..." and "Don't Forget The Child" (CSS), and also contributed several stewardship sermons to the CSS anthology "From Every Angle."