Sermon Archive (Page 12)

Sermon Archive (Page 12)

Easter Sunday – Deep Dawning

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! They say that while circling the earth in outer space you can see an arched line that can only be described as earth’s deep dawn; light slowly emerging from sheer darkness. No one has seen it with their eyes, unless it’s been from outer space, looking back. It’s hard to imagine an actual line… yet it is very real… I am sure there is such a thing as deep, deep dawn for each…

A Piece of Jesus’ Mind

[In our gospel lesson today, we hear of a woman anointing Jesus’ feet. This isn’t the only time it happens in the gospels. Luke is the only one who doesn’t put this well-remembered story immediately before Jesus’ passion. This story comes in the first third of Luke’s gospel, and with good reason. He doesn’t put it so close to Jesus’ death that we make the connection between the anointing and the preparation for burial. Rather, Luke places the event in…
Rembrandt's Christ and th Canaanite Woman

The Gospel for Yelping Puppies

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.  Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of…
Hands held up against an evening sky

Bound to be Loosed

We have come together on this Sabbath Day, drawn somehow by God’s goodness… and God meets us here, freeing us, at least momentarily, of that which binds us and holds us back. In this Sabbath time together, when we intentionally name and claim God’s love for us- we also recognize ways in which the gifts we have been given are not being used as fully as they could be… That God’s Spirit could help unbind us from that which keeps us from ling more fully as Jesus would have us live…. to become more fully the people God has made us to be…

Jesus, the Desert, and You

Jesus is not going to be distracted by the daring, the intriguing or the spectacular. He can’t be bought off with food, he can’t be bribed with high office; he can’t be distracted by entertainment. He can’t be put off from his purpose. That’s strength you can count on, even in your wilderness.

Looking for God

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep;…

It’s Not So Easy Being Church

 And Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”   All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”  He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure…

More Than Water & Wine

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing…

Your not-so-Secret Identity

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather…
Neapolitan Creche

“Why the Wise Men Searched”

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where…