Sermons

Becoming A River

June 8, 2017

Pentecost—June 4, 2017 Texts: Numbers 11:24-30; Acts 2:1-21; John 7:37-39 THIRST FOR DIGNITY Something that’s being discussed currently in American culture is the status of the white worker.  For a number of months J.D. Vance’s book, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis has been near the top of the readers’ list.   […]

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Ultimate Assurance

June 8, 2017

Easter V—May 14, 2017 Texts: Acts 7:55-60; I Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14 TROUBLED HEARTS “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”  For those of us who have attended funerals in the Episcopal Church, we readily recognize this opening sentence from the 14th Chapter of the gospel of John.  The death of a loved one brings […]

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The Narrow Gate

May 10, 2017

Easter IV May 7. 2017 Texts: Acts 2:42-47; I Peter 2: 19-25; John 10:1-10 GATES, BOUNDARIES, NARROW PLACES It’s a fact of life: we contend with gates, boundaries and narrow places.  It’s starts at the beginning: the birth canal is narrow.  And our end we all have to pass through.  People who had a near […]

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Can These Bones Live?

April 4, 2017

April 2, 2017, Lent V Texts: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45 RESURRECTION IN SIGHT For those of us that are inclined to tell time by the liturgical calendar as well as by work, social and secular calendars, we are fast approaching Easter.  With over four weeks of the Lenten journey behind us we are […]

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God For Us

April 4, 2017

Lent III —March 17, 2017 Texts: Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5: 1-11; John 4:5-42 OPEN TO THE BEYOND A couple of weeks ago when watching the News Hour on Public Television, I noted what appeared to me to be a slight bow to the Christian season of Lent.  Along with the more dramatic news of  the […]

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Seeing What We Need To See

March 14, 2017

March 12, 2017—Lent II Texts: Genesis 12:1-4A; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 BLIND SPOT Occasionally, Anne and I hire a woman to come to our home to do the deep cleaning.  We’re happy to keep things in order and straightened up but typically before a holiday we prefer that the house take on a shine.  […]

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Up Against the Edge

February 20, 2017

Epiphany VII February 19, 2017 Texts: Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18; I Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23; Matthew 5:38-48 “Some people say you can’t change but life is all about change.  Believe you can do it, exercise your will. Change is you destiny. Embrace it.  Move on.”  This is my recollection of words of encouragement coming over the sound system […]

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Celebrating Salt and Light at St. George’s

February 6, 2017

Epiphany V February 5, 2017 Texts: Isaiah 58:1-9A; I Corinthians 2:1-12(13-16); Matthew 5:13-20 SALT AND LIGHT “You are the salt of the earth…” “You are the light of the world…” We recognize these words as coming from Jesus as he gives his so-called “sermon on the mount.”  He has called his disciples and in doing […]

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Looking for Morning Light

February 6, 2017

Epiphany IV January 29, 2017 Texts: Micah 6:1-8; I Corinthians 1:18:31; Matthew 5:1-12 DISCONTENT AND MOURNING “Now is the winter of our discontent..”  Doubtless many will recall this famous quote by William Shakespeare—the opening line of Richard III.  Taken by itself, it helps us express the natural human feeling that simply attends to daily living.  […]

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Four to Nine

February 6, 2017

January 15, 2017 The Second Sunday After Epiphany Isaiah 49:1-7; I Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42 FOUR O’CLOCK As the curtain lifts on John the Baptist in our reading from today’s gospel lesson, we notice how he takes action.  In seeing Jesus coming toward him, John speaks up in what might be a fairly loud voice: […]

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