Sermons

Identity

There’s power in naming. The one who does the naming has the power over that which is being named. Think about the power that God bestowed upon Adam. God brought all of the animals of land, sea, and air to the man to see what he would name them. To name something, or someone is…

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A Teachable Moment

I have to confess, that the gospel for today has always thrown me. I could never figure out why Jesus sounded so harsh, so cold and calculated, so well… “un-Jesus-y”! It’s one thing to point the finger at myself, at my own inherent biases and complicities. It’s one thing to poke holes in my defenses…

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Hurricane Warnings

Warnings come in all shapes and sizes. But even the best and timely warnings don’t always prepare us. Warnings and calculations don’t always add up or lead to the right course of action. Instead, sometimes we find ourselves prostrate, sideways up a river, aground on a tiny island in the darkness of night…The greatest warning…

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Blueprint

When I look around the world, I see so much chaos, mayhem, terror, violence, suffering and need, I can feel overwhelmed. This feeling of inadequacy and helplessness escalates when I come across yet another disturbing headline which happens on pretty much a daily basis. But do not be afraid, pray BIG! Today’s gospel message is…

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New + Old

One of the things us church folk fear most in ‘times like these’, of accelerating change, is losing what we hold most dear, losing our sense of identity and tradition; afraid that the baby will get thrown out with the bath water. Well here we are, gathered together in a way most of never imagined…

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Unkempt Garden

Seeds and weeds. As Jesus elaborates: the children of God are good seed. Everybody else are weeds, bad seed sown by the Devil. But is it really, so clear cut?…But if I look into deeper soil, supposedly good fertile soil… what do I find there but weeds within myself….The ‘kin-dom’ of heaven is an unkempt…

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The Parable of the Sower

Jesus tells his listeners “The” Parable about parables. Are we the seeds cast randomly about? What kind of plant are we? Are we the soil? Take a stroll along the path, rocky ground, brambles, and ‘good’ soil. And then, consider the dandelion!

“Serpents + Doves” by Amma Susan+

Finding our way through the storm of racism – a Christ-centered Biblical understanding of how to be ‘wise as serpents and gentle as doves’ in our Christian mission. Black Lives Matter!

“Rogare” by Amma Susan

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A. The theme is Rogation days. The question: How can we be faithful during these strange and complex situations? Based on Acts 17:22-31; John 14:15-21. This sermon was given May 17, 2020 via zoom and facebook.