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Archive for August, 2020

  • September 27, 2020

    “Emptying Ourselves”

    Year A - Proper 21 - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    The influence of culture on the minds and hearts of citizens is surely one of the greatest challenges of Christian life, and not just in modern times.  When we read the gospels or the letters of Paul, we see early Christians struggling to keep their balance in an ancient world shaped by Greek, Roman, and […]

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  • September 20, 2020

    “Accepting Grace”

    Proper 20 (25) – Year A - Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    One of the basic patterns of divine-human interaction is shown early in the Bible:  God gives abundant goodness, and in response human beings complain about some feature of that gift. Whether it is Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden of Eden, Noah’s drunkenness after being saved from the great flood, the Israelites worshipping the […]

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  • September 13, 2020

    “Forgiveness: the Ability to Let Go”

    Year A – Proper 19 (24 )

    Few Sunday readings from the Common Lectionary share a theme as much as today’s, all of which speak to the mercy and forgiveness of God, though sometimes in unexpected ways.  These passages also show how a common theme can appear in surprisingly different literary forms. Today’s sermon will explore this theme of God’s forgiveness and […]

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  • September 6, 2020

    “Love is the Fulfillment of the Law”

    Year A: Proper 18 (23) - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    A familiar claim of many Christians is that central to faith is the contrast between law and gospel, or a religion of laws, and a religion of love.  This claim tells us that the divide between the Judaism of the Old Testament and the gospel message brought by Jesus Christ could not be sharper, or […]

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  • August 30, 2020

    “Breaking News”

    Year A – Season after Pentecost - Proper 17 (22) -Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

    We live in a wired world!  Wherever you look people are looking and listening to their I-Phone.  They are constantly disconnected from conversation, distracted driving and inattentive to the immediate moment. Breaking news is often heart breaking, disorienting, and a source of sadness. While not carrying a cell phone on their hip and walking with […]

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