Sermons from 2017

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Perception

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Perception

5 Pentecost, Proper 9 – July 9, 2017 Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Today I”d like to talk a little bit about perception.  Perception is the state of being or process of becoming aware of something through the senses. It is a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression or picture. It is intuitive […]

Even a Cup of Cold Water

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Even a cup of cold water

4 Pentecost, Proper 8 – July 2, 2017 Matthew 10:40-42 “Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” The rawness of Jesus’ words here should not be lost on us–simply a cup […]

What would you dare to do?

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What would you dare to do?

Trinity Sunday June 11, 2017 Matthew 28:16-20  Today is Trinity Sunday when those of us who are preaching may try to find some grand way to explain the concept of the three-in-one, the one-in-three: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You may recall I have used the example of 3 forms of water – water, […]

Breath of Fresh Air

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Pentecost – June 4, 2017 Acts 2:1-21 Consider creation. Genesis tells us that God made humanity from two ingredients.  One is dust, mud, dirt, the stuff we now find under our feet. God shapes us from this earthy clay like a kid making a mud pie. But, the Creator does not stop there. God breathes into […]

Look for the Helpers

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Look for the Helpers

7 Easter – May 28, 2017 John 17:1-11 Terrorism is tearing at the fabric of our common humanity today as we hear Jesus, still saying his goodbye that spans four full chapters (nearly 25% of John’s Gospel!) The long discourse and, in today’s reading, the prayer, are all intended to prepare the disciples for their […]

Goodbyes

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Goodbyes

5 Easter – May 14, 2017 John 14:1-14 Our gospel reading this morning is one that is often read at funerals, and for good reason. It is comforting in the face of the death of a loved one. But this piece of scripture is not only about life after death, it is a text that […]

Jesus the Sheep Gate

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4 Easter – May 7, 2017 John 10:1-10 This morning Jesus speaks to us about shepherds, sheep and gates. In fact, he says that he is the gate. “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal […]

We Had Hoped

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We Had Hoped

3 Easter – April 30, 2017 Luke 24:13-35 Our gospel story this morning fills this account of Jesus’ resurrection with the paradox of the Christ who is stranger and companion. Two quotes from Augustine convey the beautiful paradox: “The teacher was walking with them along the way and he himself was the way.” “And because […]

Easter is Ongoing

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Easter is Ongoing

Easter Day – April 16, 2017 Matthew 28:1-10 So, what did Jesus come for?  Was it to give us less death or to give us life? To give us less death or to give us life? While the answer to that question may seem obvious, we live in a society that is obsessed with less […]

No Bones are Too Dry

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No bones are too dry

5 Lent – April 2, 2017 John 11:1-45 Such big stories today. Ezekiel’s valley of the dry bones and the story of the raising of Lazarus. Big stories. It’s hard to know where to begin. So let’s begin where they do, with something terrible happening – I think we can all relate.And in your gut […]