Sermon – October 9, 2016 – Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 20 Giving Thanks What a great story. What a dramatic narrative. It is one of those stories where each element is essential to the whole. Everything matters. There are no throwaway lines. It is though it was staged. Each time I read it, I see it played out in my mind like I am watching … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 2, 2016 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 17:5-10 Year C Pr. Bob and I meet with other clergy and lay leaders in the area every month for a gathering. This past week at our gathering we were asked to answer a few questions from a large list to discuss with our colleagues. As I was glancing over the list, one particular question … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 25, 2016 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 16:19-31 Year C I think Pr. Bob and I are probably both ready to be done with Jesus’ parables in Luke. Is it the end of November, yet? Jesus has had some tough words for us in our lectionary cycle these past few weeks and the teaching is not getting any easier. As a reminder, this fall we … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 18, 2016 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 18 “Sweat the Small Stuff” On more than one occasion in my days as a journalist, my news director would look over my copy and tell me that I had buried the lead. That's Newspeak for not getting the most important fact in the most important place, at the top of the story. I think in … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 11, 2016 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 17 “The Company You Keep” Like most of you may have experienced, my folks were fond of giving me pithy little bits of wisdom they thought would benefit me down the road. My dad's most egregious bit of advice was, "if you are not early, you’re late." Whaat?  Of course, that has haunted … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 4, 2016 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 16 C So, it is it is your first time visiting St. Matthew or maybe even if it is the first time that you come to a church and want to find out more about this business, let me be clear at the outset that it is not one of our principal confessions and doctrines that we hate our mom and … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 28, 2016 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 14:1-14 8/28/16 Year C Our gospel story for today has me thinking a lot about blessing. Jesus gives this long speech about etiquette then finishes by saying, “If you do this, you will be blessed.” I feel like “blessing” is one of those nice Christian phrases that we often say that makes us … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 21, 2016 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 13:10-17 8/21/16 Year C I’m a rule follower. I always follow the speed limit; I’ve never gotten a traffic violation. I turn paperwork in on time; I don’t cut in front of people in lines. Sure, I don’t follow the rules all of the time. I distinctly remember one time when I was in … [Read more...]

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 – August 7, 2016 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:32-40 Year C 8/7/16 What do we fear? There are a lot of options: terrorism, violence, war, economy, politics, global warming, unemployment, hunger, poverty, illness, homelessness, death, maybe even God. Fear tends to drive the way we orient ourselves in the world. Marketing or … [Read more...]