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Grace

  • December 27, 2020

    "The Language of Christmas"

    Year B - First Sunday After Christmas

    I met him while I was doing my last-minute Christmas shopping and as we were standing in the checkout line. His face seemed so welcoming and friendly that I decided to strike up a conversation.  Right away I discovered that he didn’t know English very well.  He struggled to come up with the words and […]

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  • December 24-25, 2020

    “JOY: When Christ Breaks Through to Us”

    Year B: Christmas Day

    At what point during this season filled with all the glitter and wrappings, the frantic shopping, the non-stop Christmas radio stations blaring “Jingle Bell Rock” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” – did the humble and beckoning Christ finally break through to you?  At what point did you finally say—enough of the plastic, […]

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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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  • June 2, 2019

    “A Story of Freedom”

    Year C - Seventh Sunday of Easter

    I. Introduction Freedom is a precious word.  How we treasure freedom.  Freedom can be defined as the right to act, speak, or think as one chooses without restraint.  Freedom can also be defined as the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.  We find both definitions of freedom in this passage of Scripture. Acts 16:16-40 tells […]

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  • January 20, 2019

    “The LORD’s Delight”

    Year C - Second Sunday after the Epiphany

    There are a lot of reasons why people give up on God. They prayed, and nothing seemed to happen. They were dealt a crushing blow. They loved and were hurt. They tried to live a good life, but it just seemed to do no good. Someone they loved died. They lost their health, their home, […]

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  • August 12, 2018

    “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”

    Year B – Proper 14 (19) Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.

    In the Elton John song “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” he sings “Don’t let the sun go down on me. Although I’ve searched myself, it’s always someone else I see. I just allowed a fragment of your life to wander free. But losing everything is like the sun going down on me.” […]

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  • September 11, 2016

    “Tragedy to Triumph”

    Year C – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    In life we will experience tragedy.  So powerful is tragedy that many can recall where they were and who they were with upon receiving the news.  Take for instance the national tragedies of our great nation.  My grandfather remembered when he learned about Pearl Harbor, my dad Kennedy’s assassination, and my older brother The Challenger […]

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  • September 4, 2016

    “Selective Listening”

    Year C – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    A young couple living in a foreign country left early one Saturday morning to visit a local national park.  Locals told them about the beauty of the green rain forest with trees thousands of years old and the pristine streams that flowed from nearby glaciers.  Needless to say they were excited to set foot upon […]

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  • June 12, 2016

    “We are in Christ!”

    Year C – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    In my youth, I remember checking boxes on my offering envelope each Sunday.  On the envelope were boxes to check for Sunday school attendance, Church attendance, Bible brought, Bible read, offering brought etc. Even though we learned we were saved through faith, there was a lot of emphasis placed on works which brought us closer […]

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  • January 10, 2016

    “Passing Through the Waters”

    Year C – Baptism of the Lord

    In our day, when many consider it is politically incorrect to call sin sin, we stand in awe of John the Baptist.  John stood unfazed by people who branded him “intolerant” because he dared to condemn immoral behavior. He saw right through the phoniness and fecklessness of those who dismissed morals as matters of “different […]

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