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Posts by rector_emeritus

Mother Ann’s sermon preached Aug. 30, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Aug 30, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Recently I’ve been reading a book that my niece recommended. Her teenagers are currently transitioning from high school to college, and she is taking stock of what parenting looks like now. What new roles and relationships are being forged? What gifts can one generation offer another? What is the unfinished business of the family?

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached Aug. 23, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Aug 23, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

In the course of this pandemic, I am picking up a new life skill.  Because I cannot see whether masked faces are smiling at me or turning up their noses, I am starting to read more subtle signals. Eyes for instance, whether people are inviting engagement or averting in disinterest.  Brows too, whether they are arched in questioning or lowered in scowling.  Beyond that I am learning to take cues from body language—hand gestures, to be sure, but also posture and gait.  Not being able to read people by what they are deliberately communicating, I am learning to read them by their expressive actions.

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached Aug. 16, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Aug 16, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Recently an old friend called to see how I was doing. We swapped stories about socially distant visiting with grandkids, ordering groceries online, and resorting to Zoom for worship and meetings.  Then our conversation broadened to challenges facing our whole nation—the relentless pandemic, the racial tensions, the struggling economy—and a note of deep sadness slipped into her voice.  It seemed overwhelming to her that peace and prosperity were faltering from coast to coast, and that the upcoming presidential race promised even more heat, and even less light. She ended with a lament that struck right at a preacher’s heart: “I really don’t need to hear one more sermon,” she sighed, “about way back then, when Jesus fed 5000 and walked on water.  I need to hear a message of hope for all of us, for today.”

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached Aug. 9, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Aug 9, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Perhaps at some point you’ve shared a Passover dinner with Jewish friends, and been introduced to the tradition of Elijah. The prophet Elijah is the long-awaited guest for whom the front door is left cracked, an extra chair is pulled to the table, and a glass of wine is poured. His Passover appearance is fervently awaited, to usher in God’s final redemption of the world.

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached Aug. 2, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Aug 2, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

A few weeks ago Luke, Carolyn and I visited the high desert of central Oregon. Our stay was enhanced by a full-service Fred Meyer at the turn-off, where we picked up our online grocery order. We drove on to a lovely home overlooking the Deschutes River, where we could read on the deck in the morning and float the gentle currents in the afternoon.  After that there were thirty miles of sun-dappled bike paths winding through the lanky lodgepole forest.  Ours was a trek into the desert without deserting any creature comforts at all.

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