Sermons

April 8/9, 2017     Palm Sunday A         Palm Sunday is the saddest Sunday of the church year. We start out with a parade, (perhaps) an enthusiastic procession. Then the day goes downhill rapidly, and we end with Jesus in …

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April 2, 2017       5 Lent, A         A friend once said to me, “We need to have a different idea of death.”      She may not have even known it, but she was referring to the idea of death …

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March 25/26, 2017     4 Lent, A  Charities        John’s Gospel is full of surprises!       When I was little I got crepe paper balls each Christmas, wrapped around a handful of small trinkets—each one a surprise. I never knew …

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The Rev. Robert P. Travis Palm Sunday Sermon – 9:00am Chapel of St. John the Divine, Saunderstown RI RCL Year A 4/9/2017   Scripture Text: The Liturgy of the Palms Matthew 21:1-11 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 The Liturgy of the Word …

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The Rev. Robert P. Travis Lent 5 Sermon – 5, 8 and 10:00am Church of the Ascension, Wakefield RI RCL Year A 4/2/2017   Scripture Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45 Psalm 130 Sermon Text: This gospel story is …

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The Rev. Robert P. Travis Lent 4 Sermon – 9:00am Chapel of St. John the Divine, Saunderstown RI RCL Year A 3/26/2017   Scripture Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41 Psalm 23   Sermon Text: Have you ever …

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The Rev. Robert P. Travis Lent 3 Sermon –  5, 8 and 10:00am Church of the Ascension, Wakefield RI RCL Year A 3/19/2017   Scripture Text: Exodus 17:1-7 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 Psalm 95 Sermon Text: A few weeks ago, …

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March 19, 2017  3rd Sunday in Lent, A        Water is the most abundant material on earth. Even we are mostly water, but that is of no help when we are thirsty.      When my kids and I visited …

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The Rev. Robert P. Travis Lent 2 Sermon –  8 and 9:30am Chapel of St. John the Divine, Saunderstown RI RCL Year A 3/12/2017   Scripture Text: Genesis 12:1-4a Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 John 3:1-17 Psalm 121 Sermon Text: My mother was …

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March 26, 2017 2nd Sunday in Lent, A         So, my friends, have you been “born again”?       Are you “saved”?       That is how many people read this story of Nicodemus, and it’s an easy mistake, because the …

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