Sermons

FORGIVENESS IS A DAILY PRACTICE

I was thinking about the Gospel reading this morning, and how as Christians, we are encouraged to acknowledge that we are not perfect, and that is why whenever we come together on Sunday, immediately following the Prayers of the People, […]

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CELEBRATING LABOR DAY

I recently watched a series on PBS about the beginnings of the automobile industry in America. It was quite an eye-opener, when Henry Ford started mass producing cars, using as his template, the slaughtering plant. The difference is that the […]

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GOOD PEOPLE ARE NOT ALWAYS NICE…

The Rev. Ivor Kraft was guest Celebrant & Preacher on the 11th Sunday after Pentecost. He opened his homily with the profound proposition: Good people are not always nice, and nice people are not always good.

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TREASURES THAT ARE BOTH NEW AND OLD

In the Gospel passage this morning, Jesus tells a series of six parables or simple stories illustrating moral or spiritual lessons. The first five are about the kingdom of heaven, and the last explains the meanings of the first five. […]

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DEVELOPING DEEP LISTENING SKILLS

The gospel passage from Matthew reminds us of the importance of learning how to listen deeply, and in that listening, planting the seeds of God’s truths deep within our heart. Planted deeply in enriched soil, well cultivated, well-watered, and well-tended. […]

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BRING YOUR BURDENS TO THE ALTAR AND LEAVE THEM THERE

Our pericope this morning comes to us from the Gospel of Matthew:  “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; […]

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TRAVELLERS AND SOJOUNRERS PASSING THROUGH

The second reading this morning is a passage from the letter to the Hebrews and begins with the travels of Abraham: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive […]

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS, AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN

Jesus looked at the crowd. He noticed how lost they were, and how out-of-place they appeared. They were a needy people, and He had compassion for them. He says: “The harvesters are plentiful, but the workers are few. Pray therefore […]

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GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS

Our gospel pericope this morning is taken from the Gospel of Matthew. Let’s look at it again. This is probably the most famous mission statement that Jesus ever made. “The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which […]

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WHAT PENTECOST MEANS FOR THE CHURCH: CHRIST HAS NO BODY BUT YOURS

When the day of Pentecost had come the disciples were all together in one place, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. […]

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