Lent 5: March 21, 2021

Texts: First Reading Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-12 Or alternate Psalm Psalm 119:9-16 Second Reading Hebrews 5:5-10 Gospel John 12:20-33 Manuscript: The Lord says, in today’s lection from Jeremiah: “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” The Psalmist writes “Create in […]

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Lent 3: March 7, 2021

Texts: First Reading Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19:1-14 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Gospel John 2:13-22 Manuscript: Our lection from 1 Corinthians today begins: “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18). I know that most, if not all […]

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Lent 2: February 28, 2021

Texts: First Reading Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Psalm 22:23-31 Second Reading Romans 4:13-25 Gospel Mark 8:31-38 Manuscript: The story of Abraham, Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans, is a story of faith. God’s covenant with Abraham, that he would be the father of multitudes, of many nations, is, Paul says, rooted not in the Law, which would […]

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Lent 1: February 21, 2021

Texts: First Reading Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-10 Second Reading 1 Peter 3:18-22 Gospel Mark 1:9-15 Manuscript: There is truly something magical about rainbows. Even understanding the basic science behind them, even being able to create one at will with a prism or the mist setting on a hose attachment does not diminish that magic. Smaller rainbows like those, or […]

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Texts: First Reading 2 Kings 2:1-12 Psalm 50:1-6 Second Reading 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Gospel Mark 9:2-9 Manuscript: Today is a transitional Sunday in the lectionary, one that moves us from the season of Epiphany, focused on the revelation of Jesus divine role into Lent, a season focused on reflection, introspection, and penance. In this coming week, the focus of […]

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Texts: First Reading Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c Second Reading 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Gospel Mark 1:29-39 Manuscript: My first Sunday in this church was Transfiguration Sunday, which, last year, fell on February 22. The church and civil calendars do not always line up perfectly. The beginning of the church year, Advent, can fall either the last Sunday in November […]

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Texts: First Reading Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm 111:1-10 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Gospel Mark 1:21-28 Manuscript: It is probably a good thing that I am preaching to a camera today. Not only because of the continuing, and mutating pandemic, not only because of the snow that continues to fall, but because it prevents me from asking for a show […]

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Texts: First Reading Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm 62:5-12 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Gospel Mark 1:14-20 Manuscript: I expect many of you know the children’s Sunday School story version of Jonah. I think most people remember the story about Jonah and the whale, or, more properly, big fish. The story about how, like Jonah, we cannot run from God, […]

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Texts: First Reading 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20) Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Gospel John 1:43-51 Manuscript: This is another week that has been hard to write. We have heard threats of more domestic attacks, some for today, on state capitols, the federal capitol, and even on perceived “liberal” churches, particularly in Arizona and Montana. We have […]

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Texts: First Reading Jeremiah 31:7-14 Psalm 147:12-20 Second Reading Ephesians 1:3-14 Gospel John 1:(1-9) 10-18 Manuscript: A few weeks ago, the Session had a special meeting for the sole purpose of discussing plans for a return to in-person worship. We had already taken some steps. Over the summer, we added hand-sanitizer stations at the doors. We had all the […]

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