Archives: Sermons

THE SMALL SPACE BETWEEN YOU AND GOD

When the Temple police brought out the apostles, they had them stand before  the council. The High Priest said to them: We gave you strict orders to shut up and not talk about this Jesus …

04 / 28 / 19

LIFE IS TO BE LIVED FORWARD, BUT IT IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD BACKWARDS

(Luke 24:1-12) The theologian Soren Kierkegaard said, “life is to be lived forward, but it is to be understood backwards”.  In order to understand the significance of Easter, we must look back to the first …

04 / 21 / 19

PARTICIPATING IN THE JOURNEY CALLED THE WAY OF THE CROSS

I have had a problem with calling this day Good Friday. From my first impression I have to say: So, what’s good about the day that Jesus is crucified. To me it’s always seemed like …

04 / 19 / 19

MAUNDAY THURSDAY

Have you ever had a sore back and really felt like a backrub would be the ticket for you, or have you ever felt like the thing that would really help your disposition and tired …

04 / 18 / 19

PRODIGAL CHILD RETURNS

Our story the Prodigal Son is set in the context of a crowd of people gathering to hear Jesus, and a group of Pharisees and scribes are grumbling about how Jesus welcomes people they consider …

03 / 31 / 19

PILGRIMS AND SOJOURNERS JUST PASSING THROUGH

I know I’m beginning to feel like a Californian (the real thing, the people on the inside, those who have called this place home for a long time, the people who know things about Southern …

03 / 17 / 19

FREE ACCESS INTO GOD’S MOST HOLY PRESENCE

In our first reading Moses came down from Mt. Sinai, and we are told that when he came down from being in the presence of God, his face was so bright that people were afraid …

03 / 03 / 19

WALKING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES

Our nation and the universal church have become increasingly polarized and divided; we say mean and hurtful things to each “other” and quit listening to each other. Our gospel passage begins with this: “But I …

02 / 24 / 19

SPEAKING TO LARGE CROWDS OF PEOPLE

Have you ever wondered how large crowds could hear the voice of Jesus? In our reading in Luke, which is referred to as the Sermon on the Plain, and from the harmony account in Matthew, …

02 / 20 / 19

HERE AM I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME

What is it about children that give us pause from whatever we are involved in at any time of the day or in whatever situation we are in? When I see a child I get …

02 / 04 / 19