Sermons

Nov. 25, 2018   Proper 29B   Last Pentecost         I can’t read this passage from John without adding the next line. It’s not a punch line, but I think it is the real conclusion of this part of the story. …

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Nov. 17 & 18, 2018  Proper 28B         The news this week has been somewhat surreal. But probably no more so than other weeks.       The first group of migrants has reached our border. This is but a small …

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Nov. 11, 2018    Proper 27B         The widow of Zarephath and the widow of the Temple treasury. We always read these two stories in the midst of our annual pledge time. It sounds as if the Scriptures are giving …

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November 3 & 4, 2018   All Saints Sunday, B         There is a tree beside the Seekonk River that has become a tree of prayer. People have tied strips of fabric as prayer flags on the tree. They flutter …

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October 28, 2018    Proper 25,B         Who do we stop for?       Everywhere I drive there are people standing at crossroads holding signs asking for help.       Sometimes I stop right beside them.       What to do?       I …

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October 20 & 21, 2018    Proper 24, B         I love the reading we just heard from Isaiah. It’s part of the “suffering servant” passages, and I’ve been singing “All we like sheep” for days!       But Handel’s “Messiah” …

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October 14, 2018     Proper 23, B         Recently I’ve noticed that some local businesses have changed their name to “Life Storage.”       These are places where you rent a space and fill it with all the stuff you don’t …

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October 6 &7, 2018     Proper 22B         We remember St. Francis today. Because of his love for animals we bless our beloved pets. And Francis was known for much more than this. He is quoted as saying, “Preach the …

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July 22, 2018    Proper 11B         There is a cartoon that is supposed to make us laugh, but it always makes me cry.       A dog is sitting, staring out into the distance. He is thinking, “What if I …

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                September 8 & 9, 2018    Proper 18,B       “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” So says James in his letter that we heard today. Mercy triumphs over judgment.       Mercy is an attribute of God that I sometimes describe as …

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