Sermon – August 14, 2016 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fire and Rain The very first album I ever bought was “Sweet Baby James” - by James Taylor.  One of the songs on that album was “Fire and Rain” which is a gentle and mournful song about the end of a relationship. Fire and Rain are two elements Jesus uses in this passage - which is so hard to … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 31, 2016 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

I have a love/hate relationship with this parable. On the one hand, I love it because it strikes me as profoundly true.  People who build their lives around stuff waste their lives. On the other hand . . . look at this.  Every time I drive into the garage, I see this box - unopened - that I bought … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 17, 2016 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

The Martha /  Mary story often gets reduced to a way of comparing . . . women. Good / Better Traditional woman / Liberated woman Service / Devotion Work / Faith Busy ness / Peace Distracted / Focused We see a little slice of two long and complicated lives, and then attempt to … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 10, 2016 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Gut check  week The society in which we live gave us a gut check with this week’s horrific events - killing of not one but two black men by police officers, captured on video - making us witnesses to a violent death.  I did not watch.  To me, death should be a holy moment.  A time when the limits … [Read more...]

Sermon- June 26, 2016 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

I am a master procrastinator.  I wrote this sermon this morning.  And this is the sort of text that makes me super uncomfortable - when Jesus sets the bar high and then says Jump. The rabbi led devotions and his text was from the Mishna - The task is large.  The day is short.  The workers are … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 5, 2016 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 7:11-18 Last Tuesday (or Wednesday) I was at a meeting and looked down at my phone.  There was a text from my oldest son, who teaches at UCLA.  “Just wanted to let you know I am safe.  I took my class on a field trip.  We are not on campus.” I didn’t know what was going on, and when I … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 15, 2015 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost – Consecration Sunday

HL Menken - It’s not about the money = It is about the money. It is about the money.  But it isn’t all about the money Albert Einstein - “I’m not worried about it being paid for.  I’m worried about where I’m supposed to be going.” For us as Christians, the ticket is about knowing that we … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 28, 2015 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

First, I want to thank you all for coming back to worship this week, after I talked WAY too long last week. I apologize. You must have thought you were trapped in my favorite Lyle Lovet song – Church. You know that song? It starts: I went to church last Sunday So I could sing and pray But … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 30, 2014 1st Sunday of Advent

Waiting in the Dark Advent is a time of waiting.  And if there is anything harder to do than wait, it is to wait in the dark.  I’m terrible at it.  Which I was reminded of this very Friday - the day after Thanksgiving: This summer my family moved.  We packed up everything, managed to let go of … [Read more...]