Ridiculous, June 2020

Every time I preach on this text, I can’t help but mention that Abraham laughed to. The laughter wasn’t about Sarah, it was about the promise God is continuing to make to them. I have laughed that sort of “stop kidding me” laughter at what God promises. I suspect that there is a lot of […]

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Scarred by Love, Pentecost 2020

Jesus comes to his disciples and shows them his scars. Which isn’t our normal greeting. What do we learn from Jesus’s actions? I worked most closely with John 20.19-23 (link).

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That we all may be one, Easter 2020

Jesus prays that his followers may be one as he and the Father are one. Which I’ve always heard with a mournful tone as the Church is so often not one. Right now, as Churches are open so differently and we are learning new answers to the question of how we are a community, this […]

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Love and Command, Easter 6 2020

Jesus offers his disciples the comfort of “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  Which, as a person who sometimes struggles with following Jesus, doesn’t always sound comforting.  How do we hear that in ways that help us navigate our world today? I worked most closely with John 14.15-21.  You can find the […]

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Our Hearts Were Burning, Easter 3 2020

(Oops! It’s only Easter 3!  Edits have been made where possible.) It’s hard to preach on Eucharist when we aren’t celebrating Eucharist.  I couldn’t come up with anything more true than what I’ve lived, so I shared a couple of those stories and reflected on the Gospel text briefly. The Gospel text is Luke 24.13-35 […]

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Questions, Easter 2 2020

I’m a solo rector, and have been for most of my ordained life, so usually I don’t preach on Easter 2 because we do a service of readings and hymns.  Both so that I get a bit of break and it’s a lovely service that gives us a chance to sing all the alleluias. However, […]

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Beloved Friends, Maundy Thursday 2020

This is a weird Maundy Thursday.  In my part of the world we aren’t worshipping in our buildings (we are worshipping together and in person, just online).  One of the effects of this is that we are fasting from the Eucharist.  One of the other effects is that we are limiting the spread and #flattenthecurve […]

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God Chooses Us, Palm Sunday 2020

With the kids we talked about Palms and how people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem and some of the ways we can welcome Jesus.  Then in the sermon, as a part 2, I preached on God’s preferential option and God chooses us, in all the complexity and potential sorrow of humanity. Most of my parish has […]

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Out of the Depths, Lent 2020

The lectionary, from which we get our Sunday readings, has been super on point recently.  If you, like me and so many others, have been asking the hard questions about what to do in times of trouble and where God is when we are sad and overwhelmed, these are readings for us. I worked with […]

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Sense at the End, Lent 2020

At Christmas and Easter I usually note that I preach on the theology of the day more than the lections.  This sermon may need a “preached during a global pandemic” note. The blind man and Jesus have this messy encounter.  What wisdom can they teach us about how to live faithfully through this messy time? […]

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