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

Sermons

Christmas in the Dark

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness -- on them light has shined."     Usually on Christmas Eve preachers don't pay a lot of attention to the first two readings of the evening. Isaiah and...

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Giving Thanks in 2020

    The calendar says today is November 22, but the liturgical calendar says this is the last Sunday after Pentecost, which means it is the last Sunday of the Church year.     The regular calendar says we still have almost six weeks left in 2020, but in...

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Light in the Darkness

I was about 10 years old when psychic Jean Dixon predicted the exact date of the end of the world. Somehow in those days before the internet and social media the news of this impending doom raced through our fifth grade classroom, both exciting and terrifying us. ...

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Who Will We Serve?

    "Choose this day whom you will serve."     It is a defining moment for the people of Israel. Slavery is behind them, the long years in the wilderness are over, they have at last arrived in that land that God promised to their ancestors Abraham and...

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Keeping the Memory Alive

    Today is All Saints’ Day, one of the major feast days of the Church, and one of my favorite Sundays of the year. This first day in November is the time that we remember the saints of the church – all of them, those who are important and have their own day on the...

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Love God, Vote

    Today's gospel reading is one of a string of stories in Matthew where the religious authorities are questioning Jesus, trying to trap him into saying something wrong or heretical.     Today it's the turn of a religious leader who is also a lawyer....

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Our Changing God

What a difference a week makes! Last Sunday we heard one of the most important stories of the people of Israel, God giving them the Ten Commandments. The commandments are not just a list of rules; they are a covenant between God and God’s chosen people. As God says to...

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All the Way Down

This may be an apocryphal story, but it still rings true. The great philosopher Alfred North Whitehead had just finished his opening lecture in a course on cosmology, the study of the universe, when an agitated student came up to him. “I’m sorry, professor, but...

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An Ocean of Grief

Two hundred thousand. Two hundred thousand people. Two hundred thousand deaths. Two. Hundred. Thousand.     That is the number of deaths from the coronavirus we reached in this country this weekend, or we should say that is the official death count....

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