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Sermons

March 26, 2017 Lent 4

I want you all to close your eyes for a minute. Maybe even cover them with your hands. Think about what it would be like to move through the world without being able to see. How would you recognize people if you couldn’t see them? Would you learn their voice and speech patterns? Their smell?…

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March 19, 2017 Lent 3

“Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” This is how the woman at the well reports back to the people of her city. What intrigues me about her report is that Jesus did NOT, in fact, tell her every thing she had…

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March 12, 2017 Lent 3

“For God so loved the world…” How many of you who grew up going to church memorized this verse at some point? Probably in the King James Version with those great “whosoevers” and “believeths” to wrap your tongue around. And I would bet that, like me, you always understood the “so” in that phrase “For…

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March 2, 2017

I want to talk to you today about a topic that tends to make us a little uncomfortable. When this little, three-letter word is said in church, we begin to squirm in our seats. This one little word, beginning with S makes us feel vaguely guilty even if we haven’t done anything. A word that…

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February 19, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, before “Snowmageddon” began, I met my niece Caitlin at the movie theater in Windham to see Hidden Figures, a film about the black women mathematicians who worked behind the scenes at NASA in the 1960’s and helped put John Glenn into space. It is an excellent film, in part because…

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January 29, 2017

A few of you have heard this story before, so bear with me. I want to tell you all why the reading from 1st Corinthians this morning means so much to me. The last Good Friday before I was ordained, I was sitting at Trinity Episcopal in Lewiston, really struggling with the idea that God…

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January 22, 2017

One of the deep needs we have as human beings is to belong. From the beginning of our scriptures, we see that God’s intent for us to be in relationship with others, to be in community. And I believe that the overarching theme throughout the entire Bible is how God is trying to draw more…

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January 15, 2017

2nd after Epiphany                                                                      Those of you who were here last week may be having a slight sense of déjà vu today, as we hear another version of the baptism of Jesus, this time from the Gospel according to John. The lectionary for year A, the “Matthew” year, does this. It gives the Matthew version of…

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December 18, 2016 – Advent 4

A couple of weeks ago one of my Lutheran colleagues was ranting a little about how we get Joseph on “Mary Sunday,” the fourth Sunday of Advent. I have never held to those secondary designations of the Sundays of Advent, so it doesn’t really bother me. We hear Mary stories in lectionary years B and…

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December 11, 2016

I have found it amusing how many times people have mentioned to me this month that it seems like Advent is really short this year. Advent in 2016 is that rare occurrence–a full 28 days. Just wait ‘til next year when the fourth Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve, so we lose a full…

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