Sermons from 2020

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Forgiveness is life

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Forgiveness is Life

15 Pentecost, Proper 19 – September 13, 2020 Matthew 18:21-35           “How many times do I need to forgive my brother or sister?” That’s the question which prompts the parable of the unmerciful servant that we hear today. This passage follows on last week’s reading, which Jesus concluded by assuring us that wherever two or […]

The Messy Middle

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The Messy Middle

14 Pentecost, Proper 18 – September 6, 2020 Matthew 18:15-20           Wherever two or more are gathered….well, it can be really hard to get along. Right? Today’s gospel caused me to say Oh, no!, when I first read it.  But then, I realized this is relevant to what we’re going through right now. This exhausting […]

A Rock?

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A Rock?

12 Pentecost, Proper 16 – August 23, 2020 Matthew 16:13-20                 Today’s gospel is a bit intimidating. Jesus is calling Peter a “rock” and blessing him with a mighty blessing. I wonder how Peter felt at the time….I would guess he thought to himself….’”what?  I’m no rock and I don’t want that power you’re talking […]

Life’s Struggles

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Life's Struggles

9 Pentecost, Proper 13 – August 2, 2020 Genesis 32:22-31 and Matthew 14:13-21           This morning we have one of my favorite stories – Jacob wrestling with an angel. It is close to my heart as I am reminded of the times I have wrestled with God in my own life.  And we have the […]

Flour and yeast

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8 Pentecost, Proper 12 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Our gospel this morning presents us with five short parables about the kingdom of heaven: the mustard seed, the leaven, the hidden treasure, the priceless pearl and the net. Of interest in these parables, are the diverse socioeconomic settings represented there:  a sower of seed, a woman baking […]

What kind of soil are you?

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What kind of soil are you?

6 Pentecost, Proper 10 – July 12, 2020 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23           The story line in our gospel today seems simple enough. A sower goes out to sow, and casts seed extravagantly, abundantly, so that they land in four kinds of places, with four different results. The seed that lands on the hard path is […]

What is your Picture of God?

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What is your Picture of God?

5 Pentecost, Proper 9 – July 5, 2020 Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Perception is a fascinating thing. The definition of 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’s intuitive understanding and insight. […]

Make a New Map

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2 Pentecost, Proper 6 – June 14, 2020 Matthew 9:35-10:8-23  This morning we are hearing from scripture about Abraham and Sarah having a child in their old age. Something unexpected and wonderfully new and creative.  And we hear about Jesus sending the twelve out to the Israelites to proclaim the good news. He describes sending […]

The Dance of the Trinity

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Trinity Sunday – June 7, 2020 Genesis 1:1-2:4a and Matthew 28:16-20           Today is Trinity Sunday, the Sunday we’ve set aside to honor the doctrine of the Trinity.  That mysterious concept of the three in one and one in three.  You know, God is three in one, but really one, even though God is also […]