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Sermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 22, 2014

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Genesis 21:8-21 Today we hear the story of Ishmael and Isaac, the two half-brothers. When I lived in a society in which some men married multiple wives, siblings introduced each other this way: “Same father, same mother,” or “Same father, different mother.” Isaac and Ishmael were “same father, different mother.” The mothers’ animosity and jealousy […]

Pentecost (2014)

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I pray that you will witness God’s presence and feel the breath of fresh air as the Spirit flies gracefully downriver.

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter: May 25, 2014

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Acts 17:22-3,  Psalm 66:7-18, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 Earlier this week a clergy friend commented on how difficult it is to understand John’s Gospel. We hear that difficulty today, as Jesus prepares his disciples for his departure by telling them, “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will […]

Sermon for Jean Laing Murray, May 17, 2014

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As many of you no doubt know, Jean was a person of extraordinary prayer. We can well imagine the prayers offered by her mother and father in expectation of her birth. No doubt they said prayers of great joy and thanksgiving for her safe arrival. Perhaps her parents trained her in prayer…who knows? One way […]

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 11, 2014

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As some of you know, many years ago I attended All Saints’ Missionary School in Enugu, Nigeria. In our travels during the six-year stay in West Africa, my family and I occasionally saw a herdsman or herds-boys. Invariably they carried one or more sticks to help them tend and protect the animals. Today is commonly […]

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, May 4, 2014

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(A lector reads the Gospel story from Luke 24:13-35 at the ambo) On the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ followers were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  That seven-mile walk must have felt endless to […]

Sermon for Easter Day, April 20, 2014

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The disciples huddled fearfully in a locked room. Terrible images of the crucified Jesus drove away their sleep. Overwhelmed by waves of abandonment, they hid from their enemies. Equally grief-stricken, but free to come and go, the women walked to the cave early in the morning with heavy hearts. Abandoned. Abandoned. At the tomb, instead […]

Holy Week and Easter at All Saints’

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Holy Week: Preparing for Easter The powerful liturgies of Holy Week invite us to make a spiritual journey. Day by day, we follow Jesus’ footsteps: his triumphal entry into Jerusalem; his washing of the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper; his vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane; and his arrest, trial, and crucifixion. The Sunday […]

Sermon for the Sunday of the Passion – Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014

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From the cross Jesus cried with a loud voice, “ Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani.” The people were startled by this cry of dereliction. Some thought it might be a sign of God’s imminent intervention. “Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.” A loud cry. A last breath. Silence. In a […]

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 6, 2014

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The Awesome-Factor The crowd held its collective breath. No one moved. All eyes were fixed on Jesus, who stood before the tomb of Lazarus, four days dead. With tears in his eyes, Jesus looked up to heaven to pray. He was surrounded by judgment and condemnation. Martha and Mary had complained that he did not […]