Sermon – August 20, 2017 – Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost

The New Story   So, I’m going to allow myself a moment of personal privilege if you don’t mind.   My dad was a World War II veteran. He served in the 28th Infantry Division, in the 109th Combat Regiment.  They landed in Normandy a couple of weeks after D-Day.  The 109th was the … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 13, 2017 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Stepping out in Faith In his January, 1933 inaugural address, President Frank Delano Roosevelt issued those famous words, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” As a new president of a country reeling from the Great Depression, banks had failed, the dollar had dwindled, pessimism … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 6, 2017 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 14:13-21   The crowds grew larger and larger and were gathering around, hoping to hear or maybe just to see Jesus.  The disciples recognized that there was no place for these people to go and eat, as they were in a deserted place, and so they ask Jesus to send the crowds away so … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 30, 2017 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Eighth Sunday of Pentecost The Kingdom   Just in case you were wondering, the kingdom of heaven is about five hours due east of here. It’s in Ohio. I know, because I saw it on the map. Siri showed me the way after I asked her.   Actually, that is the kingdom of heaven … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 23, 2017 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 13:24-30,36-40   For the past couple of weeks we’ve been digging into some of Jesus’ parables and we get to hear another one today. This parable, the parable of the weeds and wheat, is unique to the Gospel of Matthew—meaning that no other versions are found in Mark, Luke, John, or … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 16, 2017 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Sixth Sunday of Pentecost   After the cross   If you have flown over this area at any time during this time of year, you see miles and miles and miles of blocked out fields of corn and soybeans. There are all carefully set at right angles, the rows are long and straight. A … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 9, 2017 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Stressed Out So, how are you feeling this morning?  What kind of week have you had?  Feeling a little stressed?  Well, if your are, join the club.  We’re all more stressed out that we used to be.  That at least is the conclusion of a study published in February by the American Psychologial … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 2, 2017 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome.   …   Shalom.   …   Willkommen.  …   Aloha.   …   Bienvenido.   …   Welcome.   Throughout the world, and throughout history as well, there have been numerous ways to express the warming and open spirit of welcome to one’s guests and visitors. We have our own little expressions to … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 25, 2017 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

Grace and peace to you, this day and everyday, from God our Creator, Christ our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit, who gives us faith. Amen.   When did you know things were different? … Did you know things were different at the birth of your first child; astounded at the miracle of life and … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 18, 2017 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:35-10:23   This weekend marks the two year anniversary of the Mother Emanuel massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. On June 17th, 2015 21-year old Dylan Roof walked into Bible Study at Emanuel African Episcopal Church, one of the oldest black churches in the country. He was … [Read more...]