The Lost

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32  Lent 4C When I was about eleven years old, the daughter of a friend of my mother’s ran away from home. It was a typical, though heartbreaking story. Abusive older boyfriend, strained relations within the family, assorted illegal activity including drug abuse. There were months of worrying, handwringing, second guessing, anger and…

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I’m So Sorry

The sermon for tonight’s Lent Wednesday service comes from this essay I wrote a few years ago about apologies. The essay is below (not the sermon itself. Guess you have to come to church to hear it this time! 😉 ) I am repeatedly grateful for those who have had the courage to face their…

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Fig

Luke 13:1-9  Lent 3C Once upon a time there was a fig tree growing in the middle of a large orchard. It was an orchard of peach trees and apple trees and fig trees and lots of other trees as well. It was a lovely orchard with trees that were strong and beautiful, short and…

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Because God First Loved Us

Luke 10:25-37 Last Wednesday evening I wish I had brought a camera to the pulpit with me so I could have taken a quick snapshot of everyone when I mentioned that we were going to spend some time during Lent thinking and talking about forgiveness. The expression on many faces was something like: “Really? Do…

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Ashes To Life

Phil 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35  Lent 2C Well, believe it or not, it is already the second Sunday of Lent. This season has crept up on me this year and I think I am not alone in that. It has come quite early, since it is set by the date of Easter and that date changes…

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Gravel In The Heart

Lenten Wednesday    Matthew 5:21-24 21“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a…

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The Greatest of These

Today is a day we celebrate a very famous saint and he is probably every bit as well known as St Nicholas. It is St Valentine’s Day. Over this past week, everywhere you looked, people were talking about love. St Valentine was a real person and is a real saint recognized by the Catholic church,…

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