Sermons

A TIME TO PLANT AND A TIME TO HARVEST

The two parables in today’s gospel passages are pictures of the Kingdom of God. There are various ways to interpret the first parable. Some would say it is a picture of God scattering the seed, and then when the grain […]

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Family Harmony

Growing up I cannot remember when I got my first lesion on morals. Very early on I was told not to tell lies. And if I did there were to be consequences. The first time I can remember being caught […]

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

What do we know about this passage, and what do we not know? We know that Mary and Elizabeth were first cousins. That would make Jesus and John second cousins. We know that Mary was very young, and Elizabeth was […]

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The Power of Love

The Power of Love: Text of Bishop Michael Curry’s Royal Wedding Sermon And now in the name of our loving, liberating, and life-giving God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, amen. From the Song of Solomon in the Bible: “Set me […]

PENTECOST IS THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH

Do you enjoy celebrating birthdays? Do you enjoy birthday parties? I usually do, unless it’s my own. Birthday parties are intended to be joyful occasions. We celebrate birthdays for everything that is important to us, and that includes extremely joyous […]

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BEING CLOTHED BY FIERY WAVES OF GLORY

You are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. (1 Peter 4:14) The God of unknowing has made Himself known to us through Jesus Christ in Easter and will again through […]

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Sometimes a Hug is Just not Enough

Remember the Beatles song: What goes on in your heart? What goes on in your mind? You are tearing me apart when you treat me so unkind. What goes on in your mind? When we are talking to people do […]

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Life Is Like a Mountain Railway

Life is like a mountain railway With an engineer that’s brave We must make this run successful From the cradle to the grave Heed the curves and watch the tunnels Never falter, never fail Keep your hands upon the throttle […]

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PEAR BLOSSOMS GIVE HOPE FOR A GOOD HARVEST

I am not a good resource for the proper way to grow and care for grapevines. And, what I know about grapes, other than I like them, will be of little help in this sermon. However, I did grow up […]

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JESUS LIVES! JESUS IS LORD!

Without Easter, we probably wouldn’ t know about Jesus. If his story would have ended with his death he most likely would have been forgotten, or remembered by the historian Josephus as another religious zealot crucified by the Roman Empire, […]