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

Sermons

Christmas Eve 2017

Dear Baby God It is good  to be gathered here with you tonight on my favorite night of the year, the night that we celebrate the birth of a baby who will change the world. Everything about this evening is special – the music that our choirs have practiced so many...

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Jesus’ Birth Announcement

Advent 3B - Jesus’ Birth Announcement This third Sunday of Advent we light the pink candle on our wreath, to symbolize the joy expressed by Mary when she learns she will bear a son who will be the Savior of the world. Mary bursts into song at this unexpected news, the...

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Preparing the Way

Preparing the Way - Advent 2B What do you still need to do to be prepared for Christmas? Do you still have gifts to buy? Decorating to do? Cards to mail? Baking and cooking? Wrapping? There is so much to do between now and December 25. I imagine that most of us spent...

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In the End, Hope

Advent 1B Let me be the first to wish you a happy new year today. That’s right. Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new year in the church calendar. And as always, we begin with a paradox. Instead of countdowns, celebrations, and champagne, the new...

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Empty Prayers

Proper 27A Robert  Marshall, age 56; Karen Marshall, 56; Keith  Braden, 62; Tara McNulty, 33; Annabelle Pomeroy, 14. Peggy Warden, 56; Dennis  Johnson, 77;  Sara Johnson, 68; Lula White, 71; Joann Ward, 30; Brooke Ward, 5. Robert Corrigan, 51; Shani Corrigan, 51;...

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Unfinished Business

Proper 25A For the last two months our Old Testament readings have been following the story of Moses and the people of Israel as they journey through the wilderness to the land that God first promised to Abraham and Sarah long, long ago. When the story begins, the...

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Showing God’s Goodness

Proper 24A What a strange story we have in today’s reading from Exodus about Moses and God. God is still more than a little angry at the people of Israel, who you may remember from last week’s reading, have  provoked God’s wrath by making a calf out of gold, and...

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All the Way Down

Proper 21A 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 everything you said about the structure of the...

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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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