May 20, 2018 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, May 20, 2018 in Easter, Pentecost, Sermons

The Day of Pentecost & Ground Breaking for the Parking Lot and Rain Garden May 20, 2018 What an exquisitely spirited weekend this is! We come to celebrate Pentecost, The team worked incredibly hard these past weeks to get ready for upcoming construction, we break ground for our new parking lot, and we Episcopalians get to feel joyful pride at having our own Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry preach at the royal wedding yesterday (from an iPad no less!). It was a wonderful sermon—I hope if you’ve not already seen it you’ll take some time this week to do so. His words about...

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May 13, 2018 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, May 13, 2018 in Easter, Sermons

You’ve been hearing about next week’s Pentecost and groundbreaking celebration, when we’ll wear red and orange and yellow – flame colors symbolic of the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, as she appeared like flames above each of them as the received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Today is the last Sunday of Eastertide, and this past Thursday was Ascension, when the church honors Jesus’ post-resurrection ascent to heaven. We are between Easter, Ascension and Pentecost, which means we’re in the middle of much lively change, both in our church year and in our life as a congregation. We have not yet left Eastertide, nor entered Pentecost, so we are in that waiting place. I often want to see it as a straight path with milestones or scenic views, like ‘Christmas up ahead” or “City of Easter in 6 Lenten miles!”—maybe even “Warning, Pentecost crowd and fire hazard—slow down!” Alas, that clarity is not before us.

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May 6, 2018 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, May 6, 2018 in Easter, Sermons

The Sixth Sunday of Easter May 6, 2018 This passage from John’s gospel is dearly loved and points us towards the change in Jesus’ relationship with the disciples—both of greater demand and greater love. Here he shifts them from being his disciples to being friends. It includes a line which can be troubling because it sounds like Jesus is saying their friendship is conditional; “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” I think of friendship as two people who accept each other and love each other as they are, and yet here Jesus makes it conditional upon their doing what he commands....

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Apr. 29, 2018 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Apr 29, 2018 in Easter, Sermons

The Eunuch whom Philip the deacon and evangelist encounters, looks at the water and says, “What is to prevent me from being baptized?” I admit I’m a bit envious that the queen’s treasurer, someone out on the road, asks Philip, “What is to prevent me from being baptized?” Outside of this community, many of the conversations I have with people about faith and baptism are from the reverse perspective; ‘why should I get baptized?’ —as if I can argue them into it or offer Jesus up as the simplistic answer to all that they think is wrong with their lives.

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Apr. 22, 2018 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Apr 22, 2018 in Easter, Sermons

God asks a lot of us, and it’s awfully hard to imagine being able to live up to it, given the example Jesus sets for us. Who can be that good? Maybe that’s why we try to redirect Good Shepherd readings at clergy, since we’re often referred to as shepherds of ‘our flocks,’ and yet—this is first of all about Jesus, and then about each of us, and finally about all of us. First, I’d like to call out a connection between the reading from the first letter of John and the reading from the gospel of John, namely the phrase about laying down our lives for someone. There is no harder ask, and yet it is the crux of what is being called for here.

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Apr. 15, 2018 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Apr 15, 2018 in Easter, Sermons

The Third Sunday of Easter April 15, 2018 Last week we heard John’s gospel telling of Jesus’ appearing after his resurrection, and today we heard Luke’s version. Specifics differ and yet much is the same. Peace be with you he says, and they are startled and terrified. Frightened, thinking they are seeing a ghost. He reassures them with physical evidence and they begin to lean towards joy in the possibility—yet still filled with disbelief and wondering. Luke tells us he then eats a bit of their fish as further proof of his presence, teaches them from scripture, opening their minds to...

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