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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May 17, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, May 17, 2020 in Easter, Sermons

Let’s focus on the Acts reading some today, for two reasons. First because of what we just heard in John’s Gospel, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.”

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May 10, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, May 10, 2020 in Easter, Sermons

It’s good to hear from Thomas again today, and yes — it’s still Eastertide — even though this reading takes us back to the events of Maundy Thursday and what transpires right after Jesus has washed their feet. So we already know things are a bit confusing and emotions are running high. I’ve always loved Thomas, because to me he’s like that one kid in class who asks the question the rest of us feel stupid asking! We all want the answer, we just don’t want to appear not to have it yet.

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May 3, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, May 3, 2020 in Easter, Sermons

John’s Gospel is unique in that Jesus offers seven “I am” sayings. Today he says, “I am the gate.” We recall God had self-revealed in the Hebrew scriptures as “I am”, like a name or more correctly, God’s identity. Only a few days earlier people challenged Jesus for saying he had seen Abraham rejoice, as Jesus couldn’t possibly be old enough to have known Abraham. Jesus says to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” On Jesus’ lips we hear these words to mean, I am in the eternal now. So Jesus becomes the authentic realization of the object of the metaphor. In his feeding the five thousand he says, “I am the bread of life.” Jesus enters our world and draws us into himself. Today he’s talking about salvation itself, and we hear, “I am the gate.” 

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Apr. 26, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Apr 26, 2020 in Easter, Sermons

Ironically, our gospel reading today finds two disciples traveling close together, joining in with a third person, conversing as they go — at a time we cannot. They invite the stranger to stay that evening, they are together at that table, seeing him bless and break the bread. Which we also don’t get to do. We have shown ourselves to be creative and resilient in this, to find Easter hope and alleluia joy in what we can do, in the ways we can gather. We are perhaps made for rising to this challenge! Seeing this gift from God come about is beautiful beyond my ability with words. Our collect prays God will “open the eyes of our faith.” This is what has happened as we experience the Alleluia of the risen Christ, and there were tears as we experienced a newly defined wholeness as the Body of Christ. 

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