Transformed

Transfiguration Sunday     Exodus 24:12-17    Matthew 17:1-9 If someone told you they had a mountaintop experience, what would you think they meant? Most of the time, people mean they had an experience that changed them. They went someplace or to an event or perhaps just experienced something in a new way that they never…

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Fear

Easter 2B    John 20:19-31 “…the doors of the house where [they] met were locked for fear…” This is the opening scene of our Gospel text for today and a description of Jesus’ disciples on that first Easter evening. They were afraid; so afraid, in fact, that they were hidden behind locked doors. It is…

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Because I Am Generous

Pentecost 16A    Jonah 3:10-4:11,  Matthew 20:1-16 I love the book of Jonah. It is a remarkable story and there is something about Jonah that always feels very familiar. His frustration, his desire to run away from God and God’s call, and his disappointment in God doing exactly what he always knew God would do…

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Standing In The Shadow

Pentecost 11A   Matthew 15:10-28 Around this time tomorrow, people in this area and in a wide strip across our nation will be gathering together to look up. We will have a chance to see a wonderful and probably once in a lifetime sight: a true total eclipse of the sun. The moon, following its…

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The Kingdom of Heaven is Coming

Epiphany 4A  Matthew 5:1-12 Last week in our gospel story we were at the seaside. We heard the story of Jesus calling to Peter, Andrew, James and John to be his followers. He just showed up at their place of business one day and said: Come follow me and I will make you fish for…

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Welcome Christmas, Come This Way!

For several years I have read the much loved Dr Seuss story about the Christmas hating Grinch as the Christmas Eve sermon. While this is an unconventional sermon theme, this story has always been a clear and easy to understand version of our human comprehension of Christmas and the Divine purpose of the Incarnation; what…

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The Grit of Hope

Times are dark in this world for many. I see posts of despair on Facebook and have conversations face to face hearing words from hearts longing for the hope they feel has abandoned them like a beloved companion who absconded in the night. Nostalgia that paraded as something meaningful has disappointed yet again. Violence tears…

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