Sermons from 2021

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“But Who Do You Say that I Am?”

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But Who Do You Say I Am?

16 Pentecost, Proper 19 – September 12, 2021 Mark 8:27-38           Today Jesus asks the question, ‘who do people say that I am’?  And Peter responds with “You are the Messiah”.  A perfect, A-plus answer, right? The whole gospel story in a nutshell, right? Wrong.  Or, at least, not quite.  Because after this, the story […]

Make a Feast out of Crumbs

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Make a feast out of crumbs

15 Pentecost, Proper 18 – September 5, 2021 Mark 7:24-37          We just heard two interesting stories about a child, someone’s daughter, and a deaf man — both were suffering from ailments that isolated them from society.  And the story of the Syrophoenician woman, the mother, is an unusual one, because Jesus insults this unnamed […]

Empty Your Cup

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Empty Your Cup

14 Pentecost, Proper 17 – August 29, 2021 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Sometimes our insight into Scripture can be enhanced by hearing a story from another source. In considering today’s Gospel, let’s look at the message through a Zen Buddhist story told about Nan-in, a teacher who was active a hundred years ago in Japan. […]

Choose Life

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Choose Jesus

Proper 16 – August 22, 2021 Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 and John 6:56-59           Today marks the end of John’s long discourse on the bread of life.  I have to admit that this year, after having just discovered that I am gluten intolerant, the concept of bread takes on whole new meaning. So, this year more […]

Eat, the Journey is Hard

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Eat, the Journey is Hard

11 Pentecost, Proper 14 -August 8, 2021 1 Kings 19:4-8 and John 6:35; 41-51           Jesus tell us “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  We heard about […]

Jesus Daily

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10 Pentecost, Proper 13 – August 1, 2021 John 6:24-35         Last week we talked about the feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus’ view of opportunity or abundance, rather than scarcity. The disciples had viewed the situation as impossible, and Jesus suggested possibility. The crowds then ate the multiplied bread and their physical hunger was […]

Love is a Verb

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9 Pentecost, Proper 12 – July 25, 2021 John 6:1-21          The feeding of the 5,000 is one of the most iconic stories in the gospels. In fact, it is the only miracle story to appear in all four of our gospels. It is termed iconic because it is a multi-dimensional story. An icon is […]

Weeping and Resurrection

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Service of Light – July 11, 2021 Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:17-45 I’ve said this before, but for many of us, it has been an extremely challenging pandemic with loss and change. And now, as things are opening back up for us, we are entering into a liminal space – living between what was, for […]

Life is Not a Competition

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6 Pentecost, Proper 9 – July 3, 2021 Mark 6:1-13          So, this morning Jesus travels back to his hometown; and we’re presented with the story of how his hometown people had difficulty believing in him. In fact, they took offense. What’s that all about? Jesus enters the synagogue of his boyhood, and begins to […]

Mysterious Seeds

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3 Pentecost, Proper 6 – June 13, 2021 Mark 4:26-34           This morning we’re hearing the parable of the mustard seed. Eugene Peterson, somewhere, has called parables “narrative time bombs” and that is certainly what today’s parables are.  They are meant to undermine our assumptions of what we think are the “givens” and even the […]