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Posts by katherinesedwick

July 5, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Jul 5, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

We hear the tension between people in Matthew’s gospel—like children across the square choosing up sides and declaring who is right. The ascetic John comes and attracts followers, and his detractors say he has a demon. Jesus came enjoying all sorts of people, eating and drinking with them—he must be a glutton and drunkard, friends with all the wrong sorts of people. The same story could well be told with different accusations in our own cities and streets. Then Jesus puts both these allegations out on their ear by that simple sentence ringing with truth: “Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” Indeed she is! If we look at how assertions are acted upon, and what outcomes are wrought in the wake of those professing them, we will see—or not see— the wisdom of which Jesus speaks. 

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June 28, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Jun 28, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8A) June 28, 2020 So often we have better hindsight than in-the-moment insight. Hearing from the prophet Jeremiah today makes us temped to think the truth should have been obvious to them, as undoubtably future generations will say about us, about this pandemic, about racism, about our leaders. Jeremiah has told them the truth. Prophets aren’t known for popularity or sugar-coating the message; the real ones tell the truth even when painful to hear and contrary to what people want. Hananiah on the other hand is telling them what they want to hear. He...

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June 21, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Jun 21, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7A) June 21, 2020 This small iron ox is one of a pair made by my great grandfather. He was apprenticed to an ironmonger and continued with him until he could demonstrate sufficient skill to be admitted to the Ironmonger’s Master Guild. These oxen were his proving project to conclude his apprenticeship and begin for himself the work he was now trained to do. I imagine a man with a young family, proudly ready to begin this new work, hoping these years of watching and learning will serve him well and pay off. He’s both excited and a bit worried about how...

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May 31, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, May 31, 2020 in Easter, Pentecost, Sermons

“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America.” Words of former President Barack Obama on the death of George Floyd, a black man in police custody. “It can’t be ‘normal.’ If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.” His statement Friday came as protests erupted across our country. This is hardly the first time such a thing has made national news, and tragically not even the only act of violent racism this month. Yes, as Obama says, it falls to Minnesota leaders to “ensure Floyd’s death is fully investigated, and that justice is ultimately done. But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station—including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day—to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.” 

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May 24, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, May 24, 2020 in Easter, Sermons

The Seventh Sunday of Easter May 24, 2020 From the first letter of 1 Peter this morning: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place … as though something strange were happening to you. … Resist, [and be] steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering…and know that the God of grace will “restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.” Today we honor Ascension Day, calling us to reflect on the the post resurrection ascension of Jesus into heaven. We began prayer this morning by...

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