Sermons

Wounded and Risen Christ

April 19, 2020
John 20:19-31
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It is good to be together again celebrating resurrection even though it feels like we are still living in the tomb, in the midst of death. Death is all around us, creeping toward us, and yet we live in the midst of creation, in this gorgeous spring where Christ is revealed in so much life. […]

Christ Revealed

April 12, 2020
John 20:1-18
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Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Thank God for this day of alleluias in the midst of this pandemic experience. Some churches have considered holding off on Easter celebrations until they can once again return to their space of embodied worship together. I, for one, am grateful we are celebrating today! This moment […]

Palm Sunday Reflection

April 05, 2020
John 13:1-17
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Our element today from creation is fire; our biblical story is from John about footwashing -with water. It is easy to see that water puts out fire – but today, in the midst of the pandemic, at the beginning of Holy Week, instead of water putting out fire, these two combined point to suffering. I […]

Temptation Revelations

March 01, 2020
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11
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Today we, once again, mark the first Sunday of Lent – a forty day journey of reflection and repentance that resembles the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for his season of public ministry. Lent is a season and a space of intention and preparation. Where we focus our intention and what we […]

Ordinary Transfiguration

February 23, 2020
Matthew 17:1-9; II Peter 1:9-16
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For the past three weeks we have been hearing passages from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as found in the gospel of Matthew. Today we skip ahead in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life to another experience that happened on a mountain, the transfiguration. For the writer of Matthew, Jesus is the new Moses. Since Moses […]

On The Border

February 09, 2020
Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 5:14-16
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I have been back from New Mexico and Texas, from the borderlands, for two weeks. Thank you for your prayers and support as I traveled. Your care and concern accompanied me. It was a wonderful trip and yet it is sometimes difficult to know how to talk meaningfully about my experience there. The lectionary passage […]

Jesus Abridged

February 02, 2020
Micah 6:1-8
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It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Some of you couldn’t care less about that statement. While others of us have a mild interest in the game that will be taking place this evening. And many in this country are passionate about this annual event of gaming, theatrics, and money, money, money. For better or worse it is […]

“Can’t We All Just …?”

January 26, 2020
Psalm 27: 6-9; Matthew 4:17-22; I Corinthians 1:10-13
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Good Morning. This is the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany – when the Three Wise Men deduced that the star moving before them was leading to a baby who was god’s son and a human being. For those of us who are not wise men and for whom single stars don’t march off by themselves, an […]

A Soaring Love

January 19, 2020
Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-42
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Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the annual Laurelville Music and Worship Leaders retreat weekend. People from across the country, and even a few from Canada, gathered together for a weekend of singing, music making, and exploration of worship resources together. This event began 30 some years ago when Hymnal: A Worship […]

The Power and Humility of Baptism

January 12, 2020
Matthew 3:13-17; Isaiah 42:1-9
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I remember my baptism. I was scared to choose it and scared not to choose it. My questions and doubts about the way things were explained (or unexplained) in church overwhelmed me. But, as the pastor’s kid, I felt I had to see the membership class through to completion along with the others in the […]