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

Sermons

Just a Little Bit

Lent 1A Baptisms are usually causes for big celebrations. Family and friends gather from far-flung places to rejoice and take part in the service, the welcoming of a new person into the family of God. Almost always there is some kind of post-service celebration – a...

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Listening to Jesus

Epiphany Last A Today we come to the end of the season of Epiphany, one of those seasons that varies in length according to when Easter falls. Easter is late this year, so we’ve had a long Epiphany. But no matter how long the season of light is, it always begins and...

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Not Business as Usual

Epiphany 7A Today, for the fourth week in a row, our Gospel reading comes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The fact that our Sunday lectionary spends so much time on these teachings is a clue to how important they are. This sermon is Jesus’ first recorded public...

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Choosing Life

Epiphany 6A It’s the end of the road for Moses. He has been leading the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 long years. Now they are perched on the edge of the Jordan River, on the verge of crossing over into that land which was first promised to the childless...

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The Scandal of the Cross

Epiphany 4A The symbol has become so familiar to us, so common, that even the most faithful among us often see it without thinking. I’m talking about the cross. We see it in church every Sunday. We wear it around our necks. We often decorate it with fine metals and...

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Matthew 4

Matthew 4:12-23 Epiphany 3 In the name of God, Creator, Redeemer, and Holy Comforter.  Amen Jesus was born into anxious times.  It was a time when a threatened Jewish King Herod could order the slaughter of innocent children under the age of 2 because some Magi came...

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Welcome to the Herd

Christmas Eve 2016 On this holy night we gather to begin again the story of our redemption. It is a story so wonderful that, as the psalm for this night says, the very heavens and earth, the seas and the trees of the forest shout with joy. The joyous shouting reminds...

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Surprised by Joy

Advent 3A In the past weeks as the world around us ratchets up the frenzy of Christmas preparations, our scripture readings have been decidedly unfestive. The first week of Advent, we heard about the apocalypse and were warned to be ready for the end of time. Last...

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The Family Tree

Advent 1A In recent years, researching one’s family tree has become a very popular hobby, aided by genealogy websites on line. Finding out about one’s ancestors and history can help give us a sense of who we are, where we came from, what transpired in history to bring...

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The King and I

Proper 29C When I was young, one of my favorite books was Anna and the King of Siam. I read this tale of the young Englishwoman who taught in the exotic Far East country of Siam, now known as Thailand, over and over and over again. One of the things that intrigued me...

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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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