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

Sermons

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Proper 18B Today’s gospel reading is one of my favorite scripture stories. In it Jesus is taught a lesson about what it means to be the Messiah. And his teacher is a lowly woman. You may remember from last week’s gospel reading that Jesus has just had yet another run...

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True Religion

Proper 17B Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness, and bring forth in us the fruit of good works, through Jesus Christ our Lord....

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Take and Eat

Proper 16B For the last five weeks our Gospel readings have come from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, a very long and repetitive discourse from Jesus on the topic of bread. For week after week now we have heard Jesus saying essentially the same thing – that...

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The Listening Heart

Proper 15B In a country that potentially changes its leaders every four years, or at most every eight years, it is hard to imagine a single person ruling a nation for four decades. But that is what Israel has had with King David, a 40-year reign. But now the great...

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Sermon by The Rev. Deborah Silver

If you haven’t gotten your fill of bread over the last few Sundays, well, here we are again! John’s back and the theme is bread once again.  As it turns out, bread is spoken of quite frequently throughout Holy Scripture. Bread is a big deal. So, this got me thinking...

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Proper B13

The Hebrew Scriptures have followed David into a mess. A moral mess. The fair-haired young king has revealed a side of himself that doesn’t measure up to his popular image. He has done a terrible thing and the prophet Nathan knows it. David has caused the husband of...

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9 Pent., Proper 12B

John 6: 1 – 21 by The Rev. Deborah Silver Desperate, hungry people walking over dusty roads for miles and miles, day after day. Families. Parents clutching the hands of their children. Old and young. Driven by hunger and despair. Driven by hope for food and a better...

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Proper B11

Today’s reading from the Hebrew Scripture is all about building a house for the Lord. In one sense the reading addresses Israel’s transition from a people of scattered nomadic tribes to a more centralized identity. Now there was a king who lived in a house of cedar...

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Proper 10B

Two of the readings we heard this morning are about dancing. We’re presented with stories of two kings and two dances. David danced before the arc to the music of lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals. David’s exuberant participation in the dance and...

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The Hometown Hero

Proper 9B It has been a successful run for Jesus lately. The carpenter from Nazareth has been making quite a name for himself. No one knew him at all on that day not so long ago when he laid down his carpenter’s tools to begin his ministry in Galilee after his baptism...

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Slaying Giants

Proper 7B It is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible, the battle between David and Goliath. This tale of the young boy who, using only a sling shot, defeats a mighty giant of a warrior, has become the iconic tale of the triumphant underdog. At the church I...

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Fathers’ Day in America

Proper 6B I recently finished a haunting novel, Before We Were Yours, in which Lisa Wingate tells a fictionalized account of the true story of one of this country’s great scandals, the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and its director, Georgia Tann. From the 1920s...

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That Tempting Fruit

Proper 5B There is probably not another story in the entire Bible that has been more misinterpreted, misread, and misused than the Genesis story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent that we heard this morning. One frequent misinterpretation of this myth is that all sin is...

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Runaway Believers

Proper 4B “Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, ‘I am running away.’ ‘If you run away,’ said his mother, ‘I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.’” So begins The Runaway Bunny, which was once a regular part of the...

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