Sermons from 2015

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I am the Bread of Life

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10 Pentecost, Proper 13 – August 2, 2015 John 6:24-35 Some things are worth complaining to God about. Sometimes, asking God for assurance that God is still with us is understandable, even appropriate. When Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate […]

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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9 Pentecost, Proper 12 – July 26, 2015 John 6:1-21 So, do you all know Dorothy? Dorothy Gale, an orphaned teenager who lived with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry on a Kansas farm in the early 1900s. Like most teens, in fact, like most adults, if we’re honest, the grass was greener on the […]

Think About Who We Are Serving

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7 Pentecost, Proper 10 – July 12, 2015 Mark 6:14-29 What a story! John’s head on a platter.  But why does Mark tell this story: the longest of the Gospel’s anecdotes and its only flashback? Aside from the Golgotha plot (Mark 14:1-2 + 10-11) and discovery of the empty tomb (Mark 16:1-8), this is the […]

Failure Can Lead to Better Things

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6 Pentecost, Proper 9 – July 5, 2015 Mark 6:1-13 The Gospel passage appointed for today has a lot to tell us about what it means to be a disciple, a disciple in a challenging, difficult, confusing, and at times painful world which is also and simultaneously a place of beauty and wonder and beloved […]

Each Event, Each Person, Changes Us In Some Way

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St. Cyril’s Day (Proper 8)– June 28, 2015 Mark 5:21-43 Indian wisdom says our lives are rivers. We are born somewhere small and quiet and we move toward a place we cannot see, but only imagine. Along our journey, people and events flow into us, and we are created of everywhere and everyone we have […]

The Two Pitchers

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3 Pentecost, Proper 6 – June 14, 2015 Mark 4:26-34 Almost 80 years ago, in 1936, a sociologist named Robert Merton developed a theory about “unintended consequences of deliberate acts.” He was studying the behavior of people who were trying to cause positive social change. He looked at people who had very good intentions and […]

Friends and Foes

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2 Pentecost, Proper 5 – June 7, 2015 Mark 3:20-35 “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” said Sun Tzu, the Chinese general and military strategist who lived six centuries before Christ. “It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls,” said the ancient Athenian playwright […]

Maybe God Likes Disequilibrium

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Trinity Sunday – May 31, 2015 John 3:1-17 And so, on the church seasonal calendar, today is called Trinity Sunday. And we are Trinity Church. The Trinity – God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The three-in-one. The Triune God. So, let’s think about the number three. Numbers were very important in Jesus’ day and so […]

This is No Tame God Who Comes to Us

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Pentecost – May 24, 2015 Acts 2:1-21 Violent wind, fire….if we didn’t know it before, we surely know it now, as the second chapter of Acts unfolds: this is no tame God who comes to us, no safe and predictable deity. This is the God whose loving sometimes takes the form of scorching. Before he […]

You Did Not Choose Me, I Chose You

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6 Easter – May 10, 2015 John 15:9-17 Last Sunday we heard John speaking about abiding.  Jesus saying, “Abide in me as I abide in you”.  Jesus’ words continue this Sunday with  love and joy – “Remain in my love” and “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and […]