Once upon a time…

Pentecost 3C Galatians 1:11-24  Luke 7:11-17 Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl whom everyone loved. Her mother gave her a little cap and cloak made of bright red fabric and from then on, everyone called her little red riding hood. One day her mother said to her, “Little Red Riding Hood,…

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Enemies and Foreigners

Pentecost 2C    Luke 7:1-10  1 Kings 8:22-23,41-43 Though it might be difficult for us to imagine and it might even pain us to say it, Jesus had a pretty bad reputation in his day. It was just like my mother always told me when I was in school; hang out with the wrong people and…

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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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