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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 […]

Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 5, 2014

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When I was in kindergarten, we lived on Waikiki Drive. I could walk to school, and I loved the big weeping willow tree in our backyard. My neighbor was also named Ricky. He was older and much bigger, so everyone called him Big Ricky and me, Little Ricky. Once the two Rickys built a fort. […]

Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 21, 2014

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Oh God, Hear us, Speak through us, and make yourself known to all peoples. Amen. Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name; Make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, And speak of all his marvelous works. Glory in his holy Name; Let the hearts of […]

Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, August 3, 2014

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Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17: 1-7, 16, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21 Jacob wrestled with an angel on his homeward journey. The enemy Jacob encountered turned out to be God’s messenger, one who blesses. Limping after the wrestling match, Jacob was finally ready to be reconciled with his brother, Esau. When we wrestle like Jacob, God transforms […]

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 20, 2014

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Genesis 28:10–19a Jacob was running away because his brother, Esau, had threatened to kill him. In running away, Jacob had abandoned his inheritance. He was heading back to Uncle Laban and the family clan, to the territory the family lived in before his Grandfather, Abraham, had some crazy dream from God calling him to a […]

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 13, 2014

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We moved from Boston to Carmel about two years ago, and were so excited about living here. John had been called to be the interim minister of the local Unitarian Universalist Church and I was recovering from two cancer surgeries. Father Rick was most welcoming and agreed that it would be wise for me to […]

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 6, 2014

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The Declaration of Independence still inspires us, because it articulates the vision for these United States of America. Likewise, the Constitution entrenches our core values and life goals. In these two documents we inherit the dream of the founding generation. Each subsequent generation has advanced that same dream along different fronts. Fifty years ago a […]

Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 29, 2014

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Soon after my family had moved to Manhattan from Dallas, John and I had the opportunity to take part in a trip to Israel. It was designed for Christian leaders to experience first-hand the many faces of the country, facets/aspects, both historical and modern. There were twelve in the group, 9 men and 3 women. […]