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Sermons

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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December 4, 2016 – Advent 2

On Thanksgiving night, after we had eaten our fill and retired to my parents’ living room, my brother Eric announced, “I want to adopt a Canada Lynx.” “Oh..?” I responded as neutrally as I could, trying very hard not to reveal that I thought he’d lost his mind, the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes had…

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November 20, 2016 Christ the King

During the Bible study at Wednesday’s Eucharist, I was delighted when someone looked at me, confused, and asked, “Why are we suddenly back on Good Friday?!” The lectionary does some funny things around this last Sunday of Pentecost, known as Christ the King Sunday.  I pushed the question back onto the group, “So why do…

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November 13, 2016

We have a beautiful building in which to worship here—people often comment to me about it. It’s not just the visual appearance; there is a sense of holiness that has seeped into the walls because of all the prayers that have been prayed here over generations. Imagine if I said to you, “Well, yes, it…

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All Saints Sunday November 6, 2016

All Saints Sunday—at least the way I observe it—is a combination of both All Saints and All Souls. A day to remember the “great cloud of witnesses” who surround us. People whose lives were so extraordinary that we remember their names even now, hundreds, even thousands of years later. Saints like Augustine of Hippo and…

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Reformation Sunday, October 30, 2016

Today is Reformation Sunday, the day when we celebrate that 499 years ago, Martin Luther pounded his 95 Theses into the door at the church in Wittenberg, launching a series of events that ultimately led to the church in Germany (and eventually several other countries, including England) breaking with the church in Rome. Except he…

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October 16, 2016

Have you ever thought about how much of Jesus’ teaching was done through the use of parables? Rather than put forward a complicated philosophical treatise, he would tell a story to make his point. Stories which were usually multi-layered, and kept you thinking about them and discovering something new in them every time you went…

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