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

Sermons

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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We Rise

Easter 7A The story we heard in today’s reading from Acts may be one of the strangest in the New Testament.  One moment the resurrected Jesus is talking with his disciples, the next he is lifted up into the clouds, ascending into heaven. I have to admit that this...

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To The Known God

Easter 6A One of the biggest changes that has occurred in this country in the last few decades is the increase in religious diversity. When I was growing up you could safely assume that most people went to church, and that the church they attended was a mainstream...

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Words of Comfort

Easter 4A Every year the fourth Sunday of the Easter season is known as Good Shepherd Sunday. It’s easy to see why. Several of our readings today have images of sheep and shepherds. The shepherd, or more accurately the good shepherd, is one of our most prevalent...

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Seymour’s Fat Lady

Easter 3A Rummaging through my desk recently I found a brochure I received in the mail a while back inviting me to a seminar on “The Fascinating World of the Apocalypse!” On the brochure’s cover is a color picture of Jesus appearing in the heavens on a horse, followed...

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This Fragile Earth

Easter 2A Years ago, Christine Bird gave me a cartoon that pictures a man in a lab coat standing in front of a door labeled, “Scriptural Biology Lab.” In smaller letters the sign continues, “Please close mind behind you.” The truth behind that cartoon makes me both...

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Life Conquering Death

Easter Sunday Death with life contended: Combat strangely ended! Life’s own Champion, slain, yet lives to reign. This 11th century verse sums up the reason we are here today. Death with life contended. We ended church on Friday with Jesus’ limp and lifeless body taken...

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A Night of Passages

Easter Vigil Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by...

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A Christlike Betrayal

Good Friday “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.” The hour is drawing near, and Father Sebastian...

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