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Sermons from 2019

Compassionate Joy

Texts: Isaiah 63:7-9 and Matthew 2:13-23 I want to start this morning with a poem by Ann Weems entitled “Angels Still Appear:” Angels still appear to those ready to receive blessings in spite of the barren impossibility of their lives. Elizabeth still recognizes Jesus and calls him Lord, receiving him to her heart, in spite […]

Looking Back with Thanks

Text: Deuteronomy 8:1-18 I imagine that many of you will engage in a ritual around the holiday table this Thursday, in which you and your loved ones will name one thing for which you are grateful. Many will lift up family, friends and health; others may focus on the food that’s on the table. For […]

Freedom Songs

(After Swing Low, Sweet Chariot) What do you think that song is about? (responses) I ask because, for the songs we’re going to sing together today, there may be more than meets the eye. The music we call spirituals, that arose from the experience of slavery in the United States, was a special form of […]

Signs

We left off last week in the middle of the conversation that Moses has with God speaking out of the burning bush — and I introduced you to the concept of “call reluctance,” a term widely used in the field of sales, which has a great deal of resonance for me when I consider the […]

Drawn Out for a Purpose

Is there a story behind your name? How many of you were named after a relative or after a famous person? (responses) Did any of you receive a name that had to do with the circumstances of your birth — perhaps after a saint, or, as in today’s Bible story, because of something that happened […]

Life Abundant

I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly. — John 10:10b The driving force of American consumerism is the idea, well-woven into our culture, of scarcity. It is a principle that is drilled into our brains from early on; we are told, over and over, until we start telling ourselves, and […]

Father & Son Silhouette

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

I can’t think of a day better than Father’s Day to talk about the Lord’s Prayer -­ or, as many Roman Catholics call it, the “Our Father.” While the claim that Jesus was somehow unique in referring to God as “Father” is not true (a more accurate statement would be that he was steeped in […]

Let the Kingdom Rise

My kids might not remember this story now, but when they were younger, they used to laugh about something funny Katie once said back when she was probably six or seven, and her brother was ten or eleven. The three of us were in the car, driving to or from school, and Tom and I […]

On Waiting, Resting and Rising

It’s one of my favorite Bible verses, Isaiah 40:31: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” I love the version we sang a few minutes ago, which was composed by a […]

Easter Sunday

For some reason, the Easter story as recorded by Matthew is not included in the lectionary (that schedule of Sunday scripture readings, created by an ecumenical commission in the 20th century, which enables a congregation to hear most of the content of the gospels over a three-year cycle).  Our Wednesday Bible study group, this past […]