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Sermon for Easter Day, 2015

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And the angel said to the women, “He has been raised; he is not here. He is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” After this stunning proclamation, Mark tells us that the women fled in fear, and told no one. At one time, this account […]

Sermon on the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (March 29, 2015)

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Dear John: I am sorry for the death of your good friend. He was way too young to die, and I know your heart is broken. You probably feel like screaming at the universe that life isn’t fair. It isn’t. Such tragedy makes all of us protest that life isn’t fair, and pushes us to […]

Sermon for Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Guilt has been used for so long as a whipping stick to scare people into faith that the blessing of guilt has been lost. Guilt has been considered to be a psychological dark hole used as a way of avoiding treatment for depression for so long that its blessedness has been lost. Can anything good […]

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 1, 2015

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Deuteronomy 18:15-20 | Psalm 111 | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | Mark 1:21-28 We began the liturgy this morning by praying, “in our time grant us your peace.” Even though the collect was written hundreds of years ago, it is very fitting and timely. Whether because of interior disquiet, ideological tensions, international threats, or worry about ecological implosion, we crave the peace […]

Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ, January 11, 2015

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Genesis 1:1-5  |  Psalm 29  |  Acts 19:1-7  |  Mark 1:4-11 When the dove descended, God-the-Spirit greeted God-the-Son. With that greeting, it was time for Jesus to go into the wilderness. He might have wanted to run away, but how do you run from God when you are God? In the desert, Jesus was tempted […]

Christmas Sermon

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When the-night-before-Christmas-and-all-through-the-house ended, and visions of sugar plums faded with the morning light from our heads, sister Cindy and little Ricky dashed excitedly from our bedrooms. What to our wondering eyes should appear but a mound of gifts wrapped in festive cheer. Crisscrossed ribbons guarded each hidden treasure from our inquisitive fingers. We pinched the […]

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Mary’s response, “Here I am,” is a powerful affirmation of personal faith. With these simple and humble words, Mary models trust in the God who dwells within our hearts and minds. However, Gabriel’s message to Mary was not only about a personal relationship with God. His words “great,” “throne,” “reign,” “David,” and “kingdom” describe God’s […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]