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 – July 5, 2020 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Amen. When my son was under a year old, I had one of those “this is what it is to be a parent” experiences. He was playing on the floor, then he crawled over to the television, pulled himself up to standing and … [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 17, 2020 – Sixth Sunday after Easter

 Grace and peace to you from God our Father ad our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Amen.        My siblings in Christ at St. Matthew, thank you. Thank you for the ministry you are doing in these days. Every congregation is rethinking ministry and how worship happens, how … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 10, 2020 – Fifth Sunday after Easter

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Do not be afraid. Fear not. You probably have heard that Jesus says something to the effect “do not be afraid” about 70 bajillion times through out the bible. Probably you were given a more exact number by a different style of preacher than I, but for the … [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...]