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

Sermons

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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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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