Proper 24: October 18, 2020

Texts: Exodus 33:12-23 Psalm 99:1-9 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22 Manuscript: One of the disadvantages of standing here, in the year 2020…and I will try to keep my focus on just this one, because I do not think there are many I need to name. I am, after all, still talking to a camera, at least […]

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Proper 22: October 4, 2020

Texts: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Psalm 19:1-14 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46 Manuscript: Last week we read verses 23 through 32. Jesus is teaching in the Temple when the chief priests and elders interrupt him to ask “By what authority are you doing these things and who gave you this authority?” Jesus answers with a question: “Did […]

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Proper 21: September 27, 2020

Texts: Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 Manuscript: I have been thinking a lot about Harry Potter this week. Before I go further, I guess I should give warning about some minor spoilers to the overall series and more significant spoilers to the fifth book and movie, but really, the book was published […]

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Proper 20: September 20, 2020

Texts: Exodus 16:2-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 Manuscript: One of the small (very small) silver linings of the past few months is that, due to the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, UVA gets another year as the reigning national champion. I said it was a small thing. I grew up […]

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Proper 19: September 13, 2020

Texts: Exodus 14:19-31 Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 Manuscript: I do not know how many of you watch police procedurals on TV—if we were in person, I might ask you to raise your hands, and I briefly considered testing out Zoom’s poll feature to ask, but it really is not that important. You […]

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Proper 18: September 6, 2020

Texts: Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149:1-9 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 Manuscript: If you have been paying close attention these last few weeks, you could be forgiven for being a bit…confused right now. Two weeks ago, I started talking about Romans 13:1-7 and the context around it, beginning with Romans 12:1-8 in the first week, then finishing chapter […]

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Proper 17: August 30, 2020

Texts: Exodus 3:1-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 If you were at with us last week, or listened to the whole service online, you may have recognized our prelude. Once again, we used Joseph Haydn’s “Austria,” a piece with a complicated history, including as the tune for the Austrian and German national anthems, […]

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Proper 16: August 23, 2020

Texts: Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124:1-8 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Manuscript We have a great deal of musical talent in our congregation, so I suspect a fair number of you recognized our prelude and know a bit about its history. You might know the tune best from the hymnal. It is number 81 in Glory to God, […]

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Proper 15: August 16, 2020

Texts: Genesis 45:1-15 Psalm 133:1-3 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 Manuscript: My thanks to Maggie for giving us some of the background to our Genesis text during our Time for Young Disciples. Forgiveness is an essential component of our faith, a critical practice of Christianity, and a difficult one. We are called to work toward […]

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Proper 12: July 26, 2020

Texts: Genesis 29:15-28 Psalm 105:1-11, 45b Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Manuscript: Since we have been meeting remotely, few of you have seen our garden. Creating this garden was one of the things that excited us about coming here. Finding enough space with decent sunlight in DC is either difficult or expensive…often both. We are pleased […]

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