Apples, Thanksgiving 2021

Happy Thanksgiving! How have you been part of community this year? I worked largely with the collect for Thanksgiving: Creator of the fruitful earth, you made us stewards of all things. Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness, and steadfast wills to use your bounty well, that the whole human family, today and in […]

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Alone, October 2021

When Jesus talks about divorce, I always feel like I need to address it. Given that it’s the first time this passage has come up at this Church, I said this: I worked most closely with Mark 10.2-16

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In Such a Time as This, September 2021

Today we hear parts of Esther’s story. Which I love but seems newly relevant today. I worked with all of Esther, which can be read online here.

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I don’t tell people what to do with their bodies in worship

My first Sunday at my current Church I stood in front of the congregation before the service began introducing myself, asking for patience as I learn what they do, then I took a big breath and said,“You need to know something about how I celebrate a service.  Anglican worship is full of movement.  We sit, […]

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Ode to a Faithful Church: Rewriting Proverbs 31

Every 3 years the Church reads Proverbs 31, which is a beautiful and misused passage. Three years ago, I spent time talking with parishioners about how this passage, used as a hymn of praise from a Jewish husband to his wife, would sound if we reworked it to be a song from Christ to his […]

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God who Challenges, September 2021

This sermon is about Proverbs and brainteasers. (I would say more but we got a puppy this afternoon. Also why this is going up so late tonight.) Here’s a link to the texts.

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Tradition, Care, and Struggle, August 2021

The question about handwashing just hits differently in the middle of a pandemic. Which can’t be a whole sermon. But it did help shape this sermon. Listen: I worked most closely with Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

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Faith that Gnaws, August 2021

For the sermon before a week of needed vacation, I’m quite happy. However there are a few details I want to correct or elaborate on. First, there are 39 Articles of Religion. Although the one I quote is the 29th, so perhaps we can assume that’s the basis for my confusion? Second, for my fellow […]

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Raise them Up, August 2021

I kept hearing this hymn in my head every time I read this passage. It’s a favourite of mine and very clearly drawn from this text. Which lead to some other trips through earlier thoughts I’ve had about this passage. I worked most closely with John 6.34 41-51.

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Belief and Community, August 2021

I was particularly caught up by Jesus’s focus on the work of the people of God (which is belief). After so many months of our church communities faith being expressed online and in their homes, I also had the emphasis in Ephesian on our unity in the back of my mind. This swirl of thoughts […]

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