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Sermons

Love Still Trumps Hate

My sermon today begins with a preamble of sorts. That’s not the usual way to begin, but this has not been a usual kind of week. I’ve been preaching for well over two decades now. I’ve preached in many difficult situations – after natural disasters here and around the...

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Of Camels and Needles

Proper 26C Zacchaeus is not a happy man. In fact, he might describe himself as miserable. He has great wealth, but has learned the hard way that riches do not bring joy. He supposes that wealth often brings with it isolation, but most of the other wealthy men he knows...

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Dreaming With God

Proper 25C It has not been a good time for the people of Israel when the prophet Joel enters the scene. Wave upon wave of locusts have descended upon the country, each causing more and more destruction, until finally nothing is left. “The fields are devastated, the...

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Blessing the Scoundrel

Proper 24C Many years ago, when I was newly ordained,  I taught an adult Sunday School class called “Saints and Sinners.” The class took a look at those we typically think of as Biblical heroes of faith – people like Abraham, Moses, David, Peter and Paul – and...

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For the Common Good

Proper 23C It was not the word from the Lord that the Israelites were hoping or expecting to hear. God is addressing the survivors of the Babylonian invasion of their country almost 600 years before the birth of Christ. Survival meant they kept their lives, but that...

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Then and Now

Proper 19C Most of us here remember where we were and what we were doing that day. I was getting ready for work, about to scoop up four-month-old Joseph Henry from the bed and turn off the TV when I heard the news bulletin – a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I...

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Sharing What We Have

Proper 17C The homeless brought me back to church. I was living in Nashville, working for the newspaper, when one of my fellow reporters found out that I had grown up in the Episcopal Church. He was Episcopalian, too. And he went to a great little Episcopal church...

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Knowledge and Truth

Proper 16C “Watch  yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind; make them known to your children and your children’s children.” I find it very appropriate that on this Sunday that we are blessing...

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Pentecost 13-C

Pentecost 13-C Luke 12:49-56 The Rev. Maggie Harney In the name of God, Creator, Redeemer, and Holy Comforter. Amen When I was a child growing up in the Episcopal Church, there was a stirring hymn we used to sing that went like this: Once to every man and nation,...

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Muhammad Ali’s America

Propers for the Nation Several weeks ago I turned on the TV on Friday afternoon, my day off, and came across Muhammad Ali’s memorial service. Within minutes I was mesmerized. It wasn’t so much because of what was being said about Ali, although certainly he was an...

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Called to Freedom

Proper 8C Many years ago I worked in a refugee camp in Southeast Asia that housed people who had escaped from horrendous persecution in Laos and Cambodia. My job was to help prepare them for a new life in America. My students had fled their homes literally in fear for...

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