Contributing sermons since Sep 21, 2003
Contributed on May 9, 2006
ROGATION - Spring Farm Blessing - Some may think that it’s our efforts that produce growth, but the credit really belongs to God. Includes three jokes related to farming!
Additional texts: Ezekiel 34:25-31 Psalm 65 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 Gospel text of your choosing Grace to you and peace, from God our Father,and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ. Amen One spring, a farmer purchased an old, run-down, abandoned farm. The fields were grown over with ...read more
Contributed on Aug 27, 2005
Pentecost 13A: First person sermon. The table scraps that Jesus graciously offers the Canaanite woman’s daughter is better than her daughter usually is treated. However little faith we have, that’s enough for Jesus to work with.
Grace to you and peace, sisters and brothers in Christ, for though we all are Gentiles, Christ welcomes us to the house of faith. Amen Thank you for welcoming me to your house of worship today. Earlier in my life— when I was a few thousand years younger— a woman would not have been ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2005
Lent 3A: First person sermon. The Samaritan woman recounts her meeting with Jesus, and how sharing with others what God has done in your life can help your faith grow.
Grace to you and peace, sisters and brothers, from God our Father, and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus— who is * the Messiah. Amen I have a story to tell you today about something that happened when I was much younger, a few thousand years younger. It happened when I was living in the small ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2004
Thanksgiving C: We give thanks, not just for all the things God gives us, but because of who God is and who God has called us to be. Illustration from the Pilgrims.
Grace to you and peace, brothers and sisters in Christ— blessed by God, blessed to be a blessing. Amen Thanksgiving is here again— the beginning of the holiday season. Supposedly this is the end of fall, though there’s no doubt this year that winter is already here to stay. But Thanksgiving ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2004
Easter C: In jokes, the third person often provides the punch line. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus raised two people from the dead, but his resurrection was different-- God’s punch line.
Please join me again in proclaiming the Easter greeting: Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! Among our brothers and sisters in Christ in Eastern Orthodox traditions, Easter is a time for humor. After the seriousness of Lent, and the heaviness of Holy Week, Easter ...read more
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Contributed on May 23, 2004
One Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about. The daughter answered, "Don’t be scared, you’ll get your quilt." Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2004
Joseph of Arimathea was a very wealthy Pharisee, a member of the council, and a secret follower of Jesus. It was Joseph who went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body after the crucifixion. And it was Joseph who supplied the tomb for Jesus’ burial. Well, it seems that someone pulled him aside ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2003
I once saw a famous painting that helped me understand the feelings of Matthew on that day. The Call of Saint Matthew, by the Renaissance painter Caravaggio, shows the scene. On the left side of the painting, Matthew sits at a table, counting coins that he has earned in his work as a tax ...read more