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Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent

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In today’s gospel Jesus ironically juxtaposes the calamities of the end times with the lesson of the fig tree that sends forth new leaves in the spring. We’re told that the seemingly dead branches of violence and desolation portend God’s coming. We don’t know when the end will take place, but we do know that, […]

Advent/Christmas: December 2014

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Advent reminds us that faith is a journey, and All Saints’ invites you to join in undertaking our annual Advent pilgrimage.

Sermon For All Saints Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Joshua 3:7-17   Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37   1 Thessalonians 2:9-13   Matthew 23:1-12 Coming at the beginning of Jesus’s earthly ministry in Matthew (5:1-12), the Beatitudes set his agenda of saintly blessings. The Beatitudes shocked his first-century audience, who perceived blessings to come in the form of health and wealth. Based on this understanding, the faithful people reasoned […]

Discernment Meeting Follow Up Report

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Two discernment meetings were held in August and September of 2014. At these meetings, the congregation was invited to offer feedback to the vestry. The results are documented in this report. Two discernment meetings were held in August and September of 2014.  At these two meetings, the congregation was invited to offer feedback to the […]

Sermon For The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 28, 2014

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Exodus 17:1-7  Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16  Philippians 2:1-13  Matthew 21:23-32 Is the Lord Among Us? Is the Lord among us? And if he is, is God a he or she? What does God-among-us look like? What does, God among us, do? How do we know that God is among us? We spend time in our discernment about what kind […]

Sermon For The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 14, 2014

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Exodus 14:19-31  Psalm 114  Romans 14:1-12  Matthew 18:21-35 Returning Together There is an American Indian painting called “Returning”. The figures in the painting are dancing together as they used to. They are moving on across the page, in pastel colors, they are not dancing to create war. In this painting they are moving together to peace. They were […]

Sermon For The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost, October 19, 2014

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Exodus 33:12-23  Psalm 99  1 Thessalonians 1:1-10  Matthew 22:15-22 Who is Walking the Way? See all these signs, up and down the aisles? What’s that all about? Who is walking the way? What is the Way? Am I alone? There aren’t enough of us! How can we make this church function without more money and more people? God […]

Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 12, 2014

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Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 After reading today’s lessons, I wrote an imaginary letter to God. It’s really a letter from any man listing a synopsis of the human complaints about God reflected in today’s lessons. Dear Jehovah: What have you done for me lately? You led me out of bondage in Egypt, but now the […]