Category Archive for: ‘sermons’

“Not Who but How”- Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, John 16:12-15– May 22, 2016

I want to talk about God this morning. Not that we don’t talk about God every Sunday morning. It’s just that Trinity Sunday gives us an excuse to talk about this God whom we earlier affirmed that Cameron and Neely are children of, an excuse to continue the conversation begun centuries ago by our forefathers and mothers in faith. I …

“Everyone Could Hear”– Acts 2:1-21– May 15, 2016 -–Pentecost

The pictures from Fort McMurray, Alberta are hellish–at least the stereotypical images of hell–flames, smoke, wrecks of trees and structures, people terrified and crying, their faces smeared with soot; the tongues of fire merciless in their destruction. And then the images from Oklahoma and the south this week, where tornadoes have raged through community after community, their mighty winds hurling …

“Freedom for One–Freedom for All”– Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26–May 8, 2016

When Julia Ward Howe and other women first declared a “Mother’s Day” in the mid-19th century, it was rooted in social activism and peace advocacy, lifting up the bond between mothers on all sides of war and conflict whose sons were being used as “cannon fodder.” “No more!” these mothers cried. These women saw themselves as “social and political activists …

“At Home in You”- Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, John 14:23-29 — May 1, 2016

  Some of you know that Bruce and I drove down to North Carolina over the school break to visit with my mom for a few days. At 96, she is still living in her own home, though with the support of a wonderful community, and while she’s cut down her daily walks from 6 miles to 2 , and …

“Everything I Need”- Acts 9:36-43, John 10: 22-30– April 17, 2016

From the instant of the Big Bang, it seems that things have been flying apart, falling apart, tearing apart, however you want to think about it. The 2016 presidential primary campaign seems to be the epitome of this, as both Democrats and Republicans have spent an inordinate amount of time and money tearing each other up. I can’t help but …

“Resurrected into the Ordinary”- Acts 9:1-6, John 21:1-19– April 10, 2016

My father-in-law used to tell the story of a farm wife in one of his parishes whose husband died during Holy Week. The woman didn’t come to church that Easter Sunday morning, but when Russ went to visit her early in the week and asked how she was doing, she said, “Sunday morning I got up and went out to …

“Daring to Doubt”- John 20:19-31– April 3, 2016

The Gospel of John’s story of Thomas’ demand to see the mark of the nails in Jesus’ hands and put his hand inside the hole in Jesus’ side before he will “believe” is always the gospel reading for the Sunday after Easter. It’s as though there were this one Sunday for doubting–we’re allowed at least this day– when actually, any …

“Whose Story?”– Isaiah 65:17-25, John 20:1-18– Easter– March 27, 2016

All four gospels have Resurrection stories, and none of them are the same. In some, Jesus appears to all of the disciples together, in others to only two of them, in the one from John which we heard a few minutes ago, Jesus first appears to one person, a woman, Mary Magdalene. The only thing all these stories have in …

Early Easter 2016 – March 27, 2016

It’s only a 3-letter word, but it runs through Luke’s whole account of what happened on Easter morning.  That 3-letter word is “but”–a “conjunction,” if you remember that from grammar, a word that joins phrases. Luke’s account in chap. 24  actually begins with “But”–which you’re technically not supposed to do–but it’s a “defiant conjunction,” as one writer puts it [Theo. …

“The Fragrance of Life “– Isaiah 43:16-21, John 12:1-8 — March 13, 2016

Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days, we are told, getting clear about who he was and Whose he was, and these 40 days of Lent are meant to help us do the same thing. We’ve explored different kinds of wildernesses–the geographic ones, like desert, mountains, ocean, forest, not intentionally leaving out the wilderness of the Great Lakes, as …

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