Monthly Archives: August 2012

Proper 15, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found here. I worked most closely with Ephesians 5:15-20.

“Where is God in the middle of all of this?”

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon starts. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Proper 15, 2012

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SR Proper 14 8-12-12: Ephesians, anger, and Church

Sermon Review

Link:
Proper 14 8-12-12

Summary of what I was saying and why:
We get angry. We aren’t perfect. We never have been. With God, we’re working on it.

Theology: community
Jesus Count: low
Good News: The ideal church (we heard about last week) can be found among us. As we work toward it.

What did I change on my feet?
Honestly? Almost all of it.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
The conclusion. The one I wrote didn’t work (at any point in time) but I’m not a huge fan of the one I found.

What did work?
I still like the “don’t push send”/”be angry but do not sin” comparison.

Other sermons I liked:
The Rev Whiteley’s
This may be the sermon I wish I preached.

The Rev Jones
Laughter, history, and the Gospel.

The Rev Pankey
Gospel, Old Testament, and real world tie ins.

(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)

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Proper 14, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found here. I worked most closely with Ephesians 4:25-5:2.

“Be angry but do not sin.” Ummmm….that’s trickier than it sounds.

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon starts. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Proper 14, 2012

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Hair Loss

My mother wore her hair long until cancer and chemotherapy left her bald. I remember her telling me, from the first of many hospital beds, that she’d chosen to have them shave her whole head. As far as I can remember she handled baldness well with wigs, scarves, and bare scalp.
A few years and inches of hair later, I remember her combing through my even longer hair after her cancer returned and was rediagnosed as we talked about her hair. I mentioned how much I looked forward to her hair growing out again and she said, gently, that that was never going to happen. That was the moment when I really knew she was going to die.

I remember when my second brain tumor was diagnosed and my neurosurgeon mentioned radiation. I read and read and read research. Surgery, yes, radiation, no. ‘No’ in part, in large, because I could not take the thought of that loss on top of the rest of a horrid year.
‘No’ until after my third tumor was found and removed 3 years later. I remember collecting handfuls of hair every night for weeks. I never went bald. In fact, I have so much hair no one else noticed. But there was something about the drain-clogging hair loss that was extra real.

After spending most of the last year debating, I cut my hair today. By a lot. 12+ inches.

12 inches of hair and the bag it goes into before being mailed

I know what I’m doing. I’ve done this exact thing before–four other times if I’m remembering correctly. I like shorter hair (shoulder length now). I like long hair. So from time to time, I go back and forth.

Whenever I do cut this much hair off, I donate it. So my pony tail of superfluous hair goes out in tomorrow’s mail. Not because I’m a good person. Because I know about hair loss. Because this particular loss, this particular grief, is mine too.

We are all more injured, more scarred than we often think. In this we are alike. Just a little.
In this we are not alone.

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Sermon Review: Proper 13, Ephesians, Baptism, and Eucharist

Sermon Review
Link: Proper 13 8-5-12

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Ephesians 4 starts with a great section on Christian unity. Which is really difficult and we never quite achieve, but we keep practicing. A lot more than you may think. Especially through our baptism and Eucharist.

Theology: Baptismal and Eucharistic theology
Jesus Count: low
Good News: Growing up into the body of which Christ is the head is difficult, but it is made possible because Jesus keeps saying yes first.

What did I change on my feet?
The conclusion got tweaked (it almost always does).
I added back in the comments about Ephesians 4:11–about how we all have different tasks.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
In my manuscript I had this line: “We say yes at every step–starting at baptism, continuing every time we come to Eucharist, every time we prayerfully make a decision, we say yes.” I feel like the sermon was missing that connective line of theology.

What did work?
I am happy any time I get to make connections between the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible and I am happy every time I talk about Baptism, so I was pretty happy.

What do you think?

Other sermons I liked:
People who preached on the Old Testament:
The Rev Robertson
I’ve long enjoyed Josephine’s work, but anyone willing to say “the Bible doesn’t give you any crap” deserves a mention.
The Rev Toles
Preaching on David and sin, not an easy task but John does it well and with humor.
The Rev Jones
This one had me laughing and mentions donuts and Eucharist. Bonus points for a good Jesus count.

(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)

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Proper 13, 2012

The lessons for Sundayshe can be found at this link. I worked most closely with Ephesians 4:1-16.

The author of Ephesians starts this section of his letter with a passage on Christian unity. Which is always a bit difficult and something we practice.

There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon starts. Thank you for your patience.

Listen: Proper 13, 2012

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Sermon Review: Proper 12, David, Bathsheba, and sex

Sermon Review
Proper 12 6-29-12

Listen to the sermon here

Summary of what I was saying:
David and Bathsheba have sex. Adulterous sex or possibly rape (the text is unclear about motivations). This leads to pregnancy, murder, and marriage.
Both text and Jewish tradition are fairly silent about D&B’s motivations.

Good News: The story is told. Every story–big, little, scary, easy–can be told here. “This, here, is God’s house and every story is important.”

Theology: low anthropology (humans don’t come off so well) but God’s love does

Jesus Count: low

What did I change on my feet?
I cut out a bit about how Christian tradition has treated this story.
I tweaked the very end. It was a minor change that made things better. I hope.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I think I started off too slow–could have spent less time on David being King and gotten to the point more directly.
There is a point where instead of saying aggressive I say whatever.

What worked?
I preached on the beginning of David and Bathsheba’s relationship without casting all of the blame on either of them, saying sex is evil, or trying to avoid the fact that this is about sex.
Pastorally, being able to say, “This happened. We have heard your story.” is a good starting place for a lot of people.
(Especially since the Church should be God’s house where every story is important.)

Am I right? Am I wrong? Am I missing something? Leave a comment and let me know.

Other sermons I liked:
Megan’s
Because we do need to find God and theological insights in the ordinary.
Steve’s
Loved this treatment of Divine possibility and plenitude.

(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)

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