Fourth Advent: December 20, 2020

Texts: First Reading 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Response Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 Second Reading Romans 16:25-27 Gospel Luke 1:26-38 Manuscript: I hope our call to worship this morning seemed, at least, a little familiar. Last week, we talked about how Mary was, let’s say “undervalued” by the Reformation and remains so by many Protestant churches. There are other practices the […]

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Third Advent: December 13, 2020

Texts: First Reading Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Gospel Luke 1:46b-55 Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Gospel John 1:6-8, 19-28 Manuscript: I once heard a story about a Dutch Reform Church in the Netherlands. A new minister arrived and noticed that every Sunday as the people left the church, they paused before the same spot, and many reverently touched the […]

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Second Advent: December 6, 2020

Texts: First Reading Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Second Reading 2 Peter 3:8-15a Gospel Mark 1:1-8 Manuscript: A voice cries out in the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord. If you were paying attention, you might have noticed a slight difference between the passage from Isaiah and the way that passage is quoted in Mark. In Isaiah, the […]

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First Advent: November 29, 2020

Texts: First Reading Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Gospel Mark 13:24-37 Manuscript: Advent is, I always feel, an odd time. It’s a season often overlooked, wedged, as it is, in this country between Thanksgiving and Christmas, filled with the rush to find, wrap, and possibly mail gifts, and, in a normal year, studded with […]

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Christ the King Sunday: November 22, 2020

Texts: First Reading Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Psalm 100:1-5 Second Reading Ephesians 1:15-23 Gospel Matthew 25:31-46 Manuscript: Today is Christ the King Sunday, it is, as Maggie mentioned, the end of the liturgical year. It is also a bit of an odd day. Pope Pius XI first instituted the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of October […]

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Proper 27: November 8, 2020

Texts: First Reading Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Psalm 78:1-7 Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Gospel Matthew 25:1-13 Manuscript: We were supposed to be back together, in-person today. I know some of y’all are disappointed we are not, just as I know some of you would have been with us on Zoom today either way. I know, months ago, I promised […]

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May 17, 2020 – In Front of the Areopagus

  Texts: Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21   Manuscript I hope the labels I put on the background picture this week have been helpful. Each week I try to find something that is at least tangentially related to the scripture readings and is also free for us to use. This week’s picture, for those who can’t […]

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All Saints’ Day: November 1, 2020

Texts: Revelation 7:9-17 Psalm 34:1-10, 22 1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12 Manuscript: It is a rare day that the lectionary brings us the Revelation of John. Revelation is a strange book. It is one scholars often struggle with—as one example, John Calvin wrote a commentary on every other book of the New Testament, and Zwingli, another […]

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Proper 25: October 25, 2020

Texts: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46 Manuscript: About eight months ago, I stepped behind this pulpit for the first time to talk about the Hebrews around Mt. Sinai, watching as Moses climbed the mountain and stepped into a cloud to meet with God. We talked about not knowing the path, not […]

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