Mar. 15, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Mar 15, 2020 in Lent, Sermons

When the congregation I served in Seattle was driven out of the church building by an earthquake, we moved to the parish hall and reminded ourselves “The church is not the building.” When I visited Haiti and saw the cathedral whose roof had just collapsed, the people gathered in song and worship outside the rubble and said, “The church is not the building.” And today, as we cannot safely worship together in this lovely space, we too must remember, the church is not the building; it’s the people! You are the body of Christ, a community gathered around Jesus life and ministry, even when we cannot be side by side. As awful as this pandemic is, God is with us in this new way and we can be transformed by love and courage and service in responding. 

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Mar. 15, 2020 – 10:30 AM – Online Worship

Posted by on Sun, Mar 15, 2020 in Lent, Livestream

Mar. 15, 2020 – 10:30 AM – Online Worship

An archival video recording of the March 15, 2020 10:30 AM online worship service streamed live to Facebook and via Zoom. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONELICENSE.net License No. A-706794.

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Mar. 8, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Mar 8, 2020 in Lent, Sermons

Nicodemus comes to Jesus by dark of night—and we all recognize how the gospel of John uses the metaphor of Jesus as the Light which shines in our darkness. Often, we assume this is referring to his not yet being public in his following of Jesus, or his unwillingness to accept the rigors of discipleship. As we put ourselves into this scene, I wonder if perhaps the darkness was more like confusion or uncertainty, fear of trusting something so very bright, so to speak.

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Mar. 1, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Mar 1, 2020 in Lent, Sermons

Episcopal author Barbara Brown Taylor tells the story of a doting grandfather who brings his two-year-old grandson into the pool for the first time.  Like many toddlers this boy is a handful, thrashing mightily and demanding to be let go to paddle for himself.  As Grandpa resolutely holds on, the boy impulsively scoops up armfuls of water, and swooshes them toward the old man’s face. But he misjudges the distance, and ends up slapping his grandfather’s cheek. Oh no! Silence…then comes the roar of indignation as Grandpa jerks back and holds the beloved boy at arm’s length.

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Feb. 26, 2020 – Ash Wednesday – sermon

Posted by on Wed, Feb 26, 2020 in Lent, Sermons

What can God do with God’s ‘beloved dust? This Ash Wednesday gospel never mentions it. No mention of Lent or our forty-day journey, no mention of taking up or giving up things, nor of repentance or forgiveness. Jesus is speaking of what a life in the presence of God is to be—now and always. Not a Lenten discipline for the coming six weeks, but what we do with God’s beloved dust.

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Apr. 7, 2019 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Apr 7, 2019 in Lent, Sermons

Our gospel text is brief today, what happens isn’t much about the words at all; it was about feeling, about love. Imagine that moment; the satisfying warmth of a meal with friends, then the scent of costly perfumed ointment filling the air, Mary kneeling, the firm touch of her hands massaging his tired, dusty, calloused feet, then the feel of her hair as she wiped them afterwards. Was she embarrassed at taking this bold action? I’ll bet she was yet did it because it expressed what words could not. I can see her self-consciousness fall away as she felt his body sigh and relax, still wordless. The message was in the aroma, the ointment penetrating rough skin and dirty toes, the quiet awareness of a powerful moment, the pleasure of how good it feels to have one’s feet massaged, and how good it felt to give him that gift. The loving care is surely reciprocal, ‘agape’ love between these two who call themselves ‘sister,’ ‘brother,’ ‘family.’ Yet perhaps its greatest impact is how love seeks a future, love wants to take hold and go on, keep spreading!

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