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

Sermons

Good Enough

It was the last session of a three-day retreat for Methodist ministers. On the gathering’s opening day, the leader had given an assignment. Each participant was to search through Scripture and find a name or a story that they could claim as their own. On the last day...

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Be the Shamash

    Arise, shine for your light has come! With these words from the prophet Isaiah we begin the season of Epiphany, often known as the season of light.  Epiphany (which actually is tomorrow) begins with the light of the star that led the wise men to the infant...

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Shouting Mary’s Song

They must be the most famous words ever uttered by any woman in history.  I’m talking about the Magnificat, also known as the Song of Mary, which we sang in place of the usual psalm today.  Mary, a poor, unwed teenager, has just heard the startling news from...

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The Family Tree

    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 us to...

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The King and I

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 most about...

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Faith’s Foundation

The words are said at the beginning of every funeral in the Episcopal Church. And no matter how many hundreds of times I have heard or spoken them, they never fail to move me with their powerful proclamation of faith and defiance in the face of death. “As for me, I...

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Dreaming With God

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 ground...

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Nevertheless, She Persisted

One afternoon this week I began my sermon writing ritual. Spread out on my desk were a Bible open to today’s scripture passage, several commentaries, and a notepad. I was just getting absorbed in the work when Dunstan suddenly appeared. For those of you who are new to...

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Who Are the Prophets?

Amos 6: 1a, 4-7 Grace to you and peace in the name of God, Creator, Redeemer, and Holy Comforter.  Amen Nearly 800 years before the birth of Jesus, the land of Israel was enjoying a long and peaceful period of prosperity under the reign of King Jeroboam.  The...

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