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...]

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...]