Sermon – October 25, 2020 – Reformation

Formed and Re-formed                 Ever since it was published in 2012, The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle has been the preacher’s best friend, especially on Reformation Sunday.  In it, the late scholar and … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 13, 2020 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Have Mercy!                 Forgiveness can be a tricky thing.  We all know there are times when we need to give it and times when we need to receive it.  And most of us are pretty good at dealing with the small … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 30, 2020 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

High Aspirations What a long list of traits Paul offers up as what new life in Christ looks like! All this talk about loving and welcoming, about giving and—oh, my!—forgiving… not just people we like, but even our enemies…. It seems pretty daunting, more than a little overwhelming. Great things … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 12, 2020 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Of Seed and Soil… Summer is hard upon us.  If the change of the calendar page a couple of weeks ago didn’t bring that home for us, the heat and humidity that has marked this past week certainly has.  This is the time when we can begin to see and feel and taste the hard work we have … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 14, 2020 – Trinity Sunday

Stuck in the Middle with You At first glance, the two scriptures I want us to think about today don’t seem to have very much in common with one another.  After all, one deals with setting in motion the stars, the galaxies and all creation, while the other consists of the words Jesus speaks … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 24, 2020 – Seventh Sunday after Easter

Time to Wait Forty days.  That’s how long it’s been since the events of that first Easter.  Forty days since Jesus was crucified, died, was buried and then raised again.  Forty days when he had been alive again and among his followers in a new way, a way they could never have … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 3, 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Hearing Our Shepherd’s Voice in Trying Times The fourth Sunday of the Easter season is always Shepherd Sunday.  Today’s gospel reading is the preface leading up to Jesus assuring his followers that he is the Good Shepherd, the one who always watches over his sheep and cares for their needs, … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 23, 2020 – Transfiguration

Seeing in a Different Light   We stand today on the threshold of the church season of Lent, that time for us to pause and reflect on how we are doing at being followers of Jesus, at being disciples.  But before we enter this season of quiet and reflection, we have one more burst of revelation … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 5, 2020 – Epiphany

Star-Journey   Well, another Christmas Day is in the books.  In the stores, all the shiny little bits and bobs that once looked so festive and bright have been marked down 60, 70, maybe even 90 percent, shoved onto out-of-the way shelves to make way for the hearts and flowers of … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 13, 2019 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

What Are the Odds? A few years back now, novelist and writer on the spiritual life Anne Lamott wrote a book suggesting that all human prayer, when distilled to its essence, comes down to three simple words.  No matter what our life circumstances, no matter how many words we pour into our … [Read more...]