"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord."

Sermons

Empty Prayers

Proper 27A Robert  Marshall, age 56; Karen Marshall, 56; Keith  Braden, 62; Tara McNulty, 33; Annabelle Pomeroy, 14. Peggy Warden, 56; Dennis  Johnson, 77;  Sara Johnson, 68; Lula White, 71; Joann Ward, 30; Brooke Ward, 5. Robert Corrigan, 51; Shani Corrigan, 51;...

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Unfinished Business

Proper 25A For the last two months our Old Testament readings have been following the story of Moses and the people of Israel as they journey through the wilderness to the land that God first promised to Abraham and Sarah long, long ago. When the story begins, the...

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Showing God’s Goodness

Proper 24A What a strange story we have in today’s reading from Exodus about Moses and God. God is still more than a little angry at the people of Israel, who you may remember from last week’s reading, have  provoked God’s wrath by making a calf out of gold, and...

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All the Way Down

Proper 21A The great philosopher Alfred North Whitehead had just finished his opening lecture in a course on cosmology, the study of the universe, when an agitated student came up to him. “I’m sorry, professor, but everything you said about the structure of the...

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Easier Said than Done

Proper 19A “Peter came and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often shall I forgive? As many as seven times?’ “Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but I tell you, seventy-seven times.’” One of scriptures clearest mandates to...

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Look for the Helpers

Proper 18A The last two weeks have been unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Hurricane Harvey causing historic floods across Houston and much of Texas. Epic wildfires raining ash across the West. The strongest earthquake in a century rattling our neighbors in...

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From Hero to Goat

Proper 17A Last week’s hero is this week’s goat. Last Sunday we heard Peter, the first-called of all the disciples, praised for correctly answering Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” Peter quickly blurts out....

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Faithful Resisters

Proper 16A “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” That simple statement is a warning that difficult days are ahead for the people of Israel. Joseph, the Hebrew boy who was sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers, who through his...

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Lighten Our Darkness

Proper 15A When Joseph Henry was little we had a book called Adam and Eve’s First Sunset.  The story imagined what the very first day of life on earth was like for the very first two humans created by God. Initially, Adam and Eve thought life in the Garden of Eden was...

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Chain of Compassion

Proper 10A The original source of the quote is uncertain, but the words have stayed with me since I first heard them in seminary many years ago. “A preacher,” the theologian said, “should have the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” Since I spent many...

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A Gracious Invitation

Proper 9A For the last three Sundays in our Gospel readings we have heard Jesus telling his disciples what life will be like for those who follow him. At first, life as a disciple sounds pretty good. Jesus gives his friends and followers the authority to cast out...

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Stranger Love

Proper 6A It is another hot day in the desert. Abraham is sticking close to the shade of his tent, grateful for even a little respite from the sun’s merciless glare. But when he looks up and sees three strangers approaching, he runs to greet them. He doesn’t just give...

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Sealed With A Kiss

Trinity Sunday A The pattern is the same every year. We celebrate Easter and God’s victory over death in the resurrection of Jesus, the son of God. Then 50 days later we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples at Pentecost. And then the next Sunday,...

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