Proper 11: July 19, 2020

Texts: Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Romans 8:12-25 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Manuscript: This, standing here in this pulpit and preaching to Katherine and a camera, is starting to feel normal. I know it is not. I know that this is still strange, and it may well still feel strange for many or most of you, but […]

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Proper 10: July 12, 2020

Texts: Genesis 25:19-34 119:105-112 Romans 8:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Manuscript: If, somehow, I was given the power to make one decree, write one rule for everyone, it would be…I should note, this is not the first time I’ve said this, and it won’t be the last: Everyone must work in the service industry for at […]

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Proper 9: July 5, 2020

Texts: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Manuscript: I’m about to blatantly steal a story from one of my friends, Jeff. Jeff is a multi-talented man. Leading and arranging worship music is one among his many gifts. Somewhere along the way of developing this talent, Jeff encountered a […]

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Proper 8: June 28, 2020

Texts: First Reading Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13:1-6 Second Reading Romans 6:12-23 Gospel Matthew 10:40-42 Manuscript: Most of us know today’s text from Genesis pretty well. God tests Abraham by asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, now Abraham’s only son since Abraham sent Ishmael away. God asks Abraham to kill Isaac, the only son born to Sarah. God asks Abraham to […]

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Proper 7: June 21, 2020

Texts: First Reading Genesis 21:8-21 Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 Second Reading Romans 6:1b-11 Gospel Matthew 10:24-39 Manuscript: This is all very strange. We’re here, outside, at St. Luke’s, and if I stop the sentence there, it might seem like any other summer. At least, I hope so. This is my first year with y’all, so it’s all new to me. […]

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Baptism of the Lord: January 10, 2021

Texts: First Reading Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29:1-11 Second Reading Acts 19:1-7 Gospel Mark 1:4-11 Manuscript: I do not think I have ever deleted everything and started over as many times as I did, trying to figure out what I would say right now. Pages of text about the Holy Spirit, the meaning of Baptism, the nature of “the beginning” […]

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Trinity Sunday: June 7, 2020

Texts: First Reading Genesis 1:1-2:4a Psalm 8:1-9 Second Reading 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Gospel Matthew 28:16-20 Manuscript: It has been a week. It has been a week since I stood here on Pentecost, asking what good news we would proclaim, and asking how long, O God, until we can finally stop placing unnecessary boundaries between ourselves. It has been a […]

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Pentecost: May 31, 2020

First Reading Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 Gospel John 7:37-39 Manuscript This is it! Today is the day! Last week we talked about the ascension, about the disciples asking Jesus when they would free Israel, when they would overthrow Rome, when they would get to start the revolution! They had been following Jesus for […]

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Ascension Sunday: May 24, 2020

Texts: First Reading Acts 1:6-14 Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 Second Reading 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 Gospel John 17:1-11 Manuscript: What are you looking at? What are you waiting for? Why are you just standing around? Stop wasting time. We have many ways of keeping and marking time. According to our most common method, the moment I am speaking these words, […]

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