Sermon – July 23, 2006

Rest Awhile Our gospel lesson this morning begins with the disciples gathered around Jesus telling him all they had done and taught.  It is helpful to recall what they were doing and reporting on.  Earlier in Mark’s narrative the disciples had been sent out to minister in Jesus name and they had … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 14, 2006

In my back yard on the edge of my deck, I have a beautiful tree called a Pagoda Dogwood.  It has a canopy that is so thick and rich that it actually starves its own lower branches of sunlight.  So, each year I have to get out the saw and prune out the dead wood so the tree can continue to grow and … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 7, 2006

We Meet Again We meet again, old friend!  Didn’t you feel a little like that when we chanted the 23rd Psalm together?  That’s our psalm!  And it is an old friend, a true blue, lifelong friend.  We’ve memorized it, contemporized it and set it to music and prayed it.  It’s followed us into the … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 23, 2006

I imagine that as the disciples huddled that day in the upper room, they spoke in quiet and furtive voices, and the lights were low.   For now, that locked door separated them from that which they feared.   As happens with frightened people, their imaginations ran that the fate of Jesus would be … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 16, 2006

So We Proclaim If you have read the newspaper or watched television in the last couple of weeks, you have seen the stories about the newly translated Gospel of Judas, an ancient text which offers another interpretation of Jesus' relationship with the one who betrayed him. It is a much more … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 9, 2006

Mark 11: 1-11  A Dissonant Day Today is Palm and Passion Sunday.  This is the closest thing we get to experiencing multiple personalities around here.  Today, schizophrenia reigns at church.  On one hand, we celebrate today as no other because Jesus rides into Jerusalem amid shouts of joy and … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 5, 2006

The Desert As Jesus rises out of the waters of Baptism in the Jordan River, the voice of God proclaims, “You are my Son my beloved, in whom I am well-pleased.” As God puts the stamp of divine approval on Jesus in the presence of those who witnessed this event and to all who bear witness to this … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 26, 2006

In Peter's Eyes Mark 9:2-9 Transfiguration 2006   The Transfiguration story is one that leaves us breathless. What are we to think and how are we to interpret this miracle on the mountaintop?  Perhaps it would be easier for us to imagine what it was like in the eyes of a loyal disciple?  … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 12, 2006

Just Do It! Some things in life we can only learn by taking a leap of faith.  It’s kind of like having a kid…you don’t know how it’s going to be, you just have to trust in God that God will guide you and direct you as a parent.  Another example would be when you first learned how to ride a bike. Do … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 5, 2006

Remembering Let me begin with a light-hearted poem by a former U.S. poet laureate, Billy Collins, called Forgetfulness.   The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one … [Read more...]