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Costly grace – Sermon for 3/19/2017

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We are at the midpoint for our Lenten journey, there are only 2 Sundays and Palm Sunday before Easter. Today’s gospel reading was a juxtaposition to last week’s: this week was the long story of the Samaritan woman at the well as counterpoint to the brief story of Niccodemus last week. The readings are often […]

What is missing…? Sermon for March 12, 2017

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In worship we heard the story of God’s call to Abram to go from Haran to the Promise Land. God promised to bless Abram; interesting because Abram, by most human standards, was blessed with family, things, and land. We also heard the pearl from John 3 and the interchange between Jesus and Niccodemus. Ultimately, Jesus […]

Sin & grace in Lent – sermon for March 5, 2017

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Our worship begins a reflective journey, touching the “old language” of Rite I; not because Rite II is especially more joyful but because the change makes us pay attention. Our lessons today begin by laying out the first sin of Adam and Eve – the knowledge of good and evil and how that leads to […]

Where is your treasure? Sermon for Ash Wednesday 2017

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Grace and peace at the beginning of your Lenten journey. I find it interesting that I’m led to a new place every Lent, into a journey looking for the place God is inviting me this year. The end goal is the same but the path seems to change every year, partly because I change every […]

Sermon for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany at St. John’s

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As we bring a close to our Epiphany journey we see one of the biggest Epiphany moments in the New Testament – the Transfiguration. The story is told through the eyes of Matthew and the writer of the second letter from Peter – both reiterating the message of God is found in the relationships we […]

Be holy as God is holy – Sermon for Feb. 19, 2017

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Today we heard three “vamps” on the phrase “be holy as I, the Lord, am holy…” (or perfect instead of holy). We wonder what it means to be holy, especially in a world where holiness isn’t always embraced. Our gospel today, a portion at the close of the Sermon on the Mount, is troubling and […]

God is not divided: Sermon for February 12, 2016

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In worship today we realized it was the 6th Sunday after the Epiphany and that the journey has become a bit “old hat” at times. We’ve heard about the Epiphany about Jesus as savior and God incarnate. As we began our sermon we took a poll: which denomination do you claim as your founding denomination? […]

Tension leads to change – Sermon for January 29, 2017

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source of dissonance in our lives. Jesus offered the Beatitudes: Blessed are… and a few items that don’t appear to be appealing in our conventional perspective. More difficult on some levels but more engaging on others is the lesson from Micah, which distills to: the good in life comes from doing (being) just, loving kindness […]