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...]

Sermon – June 11, 2017 – Trinity Sunday

Matthew 28:16-20 Trinity, Year A   Today our church calendar is marked as the festival of the Holy Trinity. It is the day set aside specifically to remember the three parts of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit— aka, the Holy Trinity. It’s typically a day that is dreaded by preachers… … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 4, 2017 – Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday   The Real Thing   Amid all of the rushing winds and pyrotechics of the Pentecost story described for us in Acts, a most important thing was going on that we must not miss.  And that what is happening here is the giving of a gift.  Christ has died, has risen … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 28, 2017 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

John 17:1-11, Acts 1:6-14   Always being made new.  You may have heard this phrase before. The ELCA has been using “Always being made new” as the slogan for their multi-year campaign to invest in the church’s future, deepen ministry partnerships, and expand advocacy, especially in areas … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 21, 2017 – Sixth Sunday of Easter and Confirmation

John 14:15-21   Today is a special day in our church, Confirmation Sunday! Confirmation is a joyous day, full of celebration and thanksgiving and it’s one of my favorite days in the church, but sometimes it’s a little misunderstood. So, before we start digging into our gospel story for … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 14, 2018 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Easter 5 A   If You Have Seen Me, You Have Seen the Father   It was in the midst of a panolply of cultural gods and deities that the God of Israel, Yahweh, was revealed.  You remember the prophets contended with Baal and Asherath, with nature and fertility gods.  As the years … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 7, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Easter 4   The Good Shepherd Most of the time when I ask families in crisis or grief what favorite scripture brings them comfort, they tell me the 23rd Psalm.  We learn it as children, we turn to it as adults and often as we are laid to rest, the final words said over our graves are … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 30, 2017 – Third Sunday of Easter

Easter 3 So, I do want to make you feel uncomfortable or talk out of school, but I know where you have been. I know where you have been, and I know who you were with. I know because I saw you there, because I was there, too. So was that person sitting next to you, and the whole pew behind you. … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 23, 2017 – Second Sunday of Easter

John 20:19-31 Easter 2 Year A   Christ is risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!   Christ is risen… so what? The resurrection is the culmination of Jesus’ story— it is the exclamation point of his ministry and life. But the reverberations of this miraculous event are felt … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday     Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, hallelujah! That’s pretty much it.  That is the essential proclamation, the key message of the Christian faith. Without that proclamation, we have nothing to say. That is the message from the messenger. “He is not here. He … [Read more...]