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Advent Practices for the Shortest Days and Darkest Nights, V: Wonder

Date: December 20, 2020

Bible Text: Luke 2:19 |

Even with its crushing pace and sometimes saccharine sentimentality, December is a poignant month, almost wistful. Like the buttery paper-thin layers of a croissant, every Christmas in living memory somehow stacks one on top of the other creating a rich warm tapestry of beauty. Or maybe more like a metamorphic rock formed by heat and

Carved In Stone

Date: October 25, 2020

Bible Text: Matthew 22:34–36 |

The Greatest Commandment When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ In her introductory essay for a poetry anthology, Eavan Boland tells the story

Sacred Song, V: Song of Justice

Date: August 30, 2020

Bible Text: Exodus 15:20–21, Luke 1:46–56 |

Songs matter. That’s the thrust of this sermon series. And so today, we’ll look briefly at two songs of justice from scripture, songs that celebrate God’s presence in the midst of impossible situations, songs that celebrate God’s work for justice, making possible what had once been thought impossible. The Song of Miriam Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s

Sacred Song, IV: The Sound of Silence

Date: August 23, 2020

Bible Text: 1 Kings 19:11–13 |

1 Kings 19:11–13 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there

Sacred Song, II: Earth’s Song

Date: August 9, 2020

Bible Text: Psalm 148 |

that every part of this cosmos we call home is part of the great praise band, the infinite chancel choir, with a song of rejoicing sung by the universe in its entirety. God writes the Gospel, not in the bible alone, but on the trees, flowers, clouds and stars. God’s song of love can be

Sacred Song, I: Created by Song

Date: August 2, 2020

Bible Text: Genesis 1:2 |

  In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. —Genesis 1:2  

Saying “Yes” to God

Date: April 19, 2020

Bible Text: Confirmation |

Click here to listen to this sermon. “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”  —John 20:29 Gospel Lesson: John 20:19–29 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week,

The Defects of Jesus, V: Impossible Dreams

Date: March 29, 2020

Bible Text: Luke 4:14–21 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. The mind is an old crow Who knows only to gather dead twigs, Then take them back to the vacancy Between the branches of the parent tree And entwine them around the emptiness With silence and unfailing patience Until what was fallen, withered and lost

Denting the Darkness

Date: February 23, 2020

Bible Text: Luke 9:28–36 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; —Luke 9:33   I have long felt disconnected from this mountain top story: Jesus’ transfiguration is unfamiliar, often skipped over and full of mystical, science-fiction tinged