Sermons

Here’s a sample of what we think about at St. John’s:

You can read more of Kara Wagner Sherer’s sermons in Many Paths: Reflections on a Christian Journey. Available at St. John’s or on Amazon.

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 15, 2017 The Kingdom of Heaven is like Potato Salad that never goes bad  Kara Wagner Sherer
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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 8, 2017 A marathon for change Kara Wagner Sherer
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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 24, 2017 Complain and Compare Kara Wagner Sherer
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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 17, 2017 A New Beginning Michael Van Oeveren
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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 10, 2017 Are you ready? Kara Wagner Sherer
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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 3, 2017 Bringing out the best in us Kara Wagner Sherer
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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 20, 2017 Remembering our History Kara Wagner Sherer
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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 30, 2017 The kingdom of God is like Kara Wagner Sherer
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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 23, 2017 Questions after class Kara Wagner Sherer
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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
July 9, 2017 God’s Love Song Bryan Cones
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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
July 2, 2017 What are you willing to sacrifice? Kara Wagner Sherer
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Trinity Sunday
June 11, 2017 Pure Love Kara Wagner Sherer
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Pentecost Sunday
June 4, 2017 Fidget in the middle Kara Wagner Sherer
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The Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 23, 2017 So Many Different Stories Kara Wagner Sherer
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The Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 14, 2017 Father? Mother? It’s complicated Kara Wagner Sherer
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The Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 7, 2017 What kind of sheepfold is this? Kara Wagner Sherer
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The Third Sunday of Easter
April 30, 2017 Emoji Gospel KyungJa Oh
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Easter Sunday
April 16, 2017 Will spring ever come? Kara Wagner Sherer
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Palm Sunday
April 9, 2017 Poured out like oil Kara Wagner Sherer
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The Fifth Sunday in Lent
April 2, 2017 Without Fail Kara Wagner Sherer
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The Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 26, 2017 The Lord is my Shepherd Kara Wagner Sherer
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The Third Sunday in Lent
March 19, 2017 Chance Encounters  Garth Howe
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The First Sunday in Lent
March 5, 2017 Take this Pomegranate! Kara Wagner Sherer
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Ash Wednesday
March 1, 2017 Absolutely! Kara Wagner Sherer
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February 26, 2017 Transfiguration Kara Wagner Sherer
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Darwin Day
February 12, 2017 Science, Questions, Faith, Doubt and Certainty  Kara Wagner Sherer
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February 5, 2017 Recipe for overwhelm: Salt and Light Kara Wagner Sherer
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January 29, 2017 Pure of Heart Kara Wagner Sherer
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January 15, 2017 Where God Dwells KyungJa Oh
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Epiphany (transferred)
January 8, 2017 Wayfinder Kara Wagner Sherer
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January 1, 2017 A Holy Human Name Kara Wagner Sherer
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December 24, 2016 Christmas Eve Kara Wagner Sherer
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Advent IV
December 18, 2016 What does it really mean to be pro-life? Kara Wagner Sherer
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Advent II
December 4, 2016 Cleaning up our messes Kara Wagner Sherer
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November 13, 2016 God’s Vision has not Changed Kara Wagner Sherer
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Bishop’s Visit for Confirmation
September 24, 2016 While there’s still time Jeffrey Lee
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Pentecost, May 15, 2016 Puddle jumping Kara Wagner Sherer
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April 24, 2016 How we tell our stories Nadia Stefko
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Live from Trinity Wall Street
April 21, 2016 You are wisdom Kara Wagner Sherer
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Ordination of The Rev. Nadia Stefko
April 9, 2016 Ordination of Nadia Stefko to the Sacred Order of Priests Jacqueline Clark
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April 3, 2016 You are witnesses Kara Wagner Sherer
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Easter Sunday, March 24, 2016 Personal Death and Resurrection Kara Wagner Sherer
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Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016 Wash and Be Washed Nadia Stefko
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Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 From Parade to Execution Kara Wagner Sherer
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Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 The Fearless Family Kara Wagner Sherer
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Third Sunday in Lent, February 28,2016 Sacramental Soil Nadia Stefko
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Second Sunday in Lent, February 21, 2016 Sacrificing Certainty Kara Wagner Sherer
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Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday Bryan Cones
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Season after the Epiphany, January 31, 2016 Complicated Love Kara Wagner Sherer
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Season after the Epiphany, January 24, 2016 Who needs to hear the good news? Kara Wagner Sherer
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Season after the Epiphany, January 17, 2016 Consummation Ned Martin
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Baptism of Christ, January 10, 2016 Our Path to God: high bar/low bar Kara Wagner Sherer
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Christmas II, January 3, 2016 Just Jump Kara Wagner Sherer
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Advent IV, December 20, 2015 Recognition and Response Patt Moser
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Advent III, December 13, 2015 What we can do (and what we can’t) Kara Wagner Sherer
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Advent II, December 6, 2015 God isn’t fixing this Kara Wagner Sherer
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Advent I, November 29, 2015 Signs of God with Us Kara Wagner Sherer
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November 22, 2015 Truth and Authenticity Patt Moser
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November 8, 2015 Whom do you see? Nadia Stefko
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Feast of All Saints’ November 1, 2015 God’s Glitter Kara Wagner Sherer
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October 11, 2015 Make it Real Kara Wagner Sherer
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September 27, 2015 Little Ones Nadia Stefko
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September 6, 2015 Relationships Patt Moser
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August 23, 2015 Soul Geography Kara Wagner Sherer
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August 13, 2015 Authority Kara Wagner Sherer
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August 9, 2015 Essential things Kara Wagner Sherer
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August 2, 2015 What are you hungry for Kara Wagner Sherer
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July 26, 2015 The way of the world Kara Wagner Sherer
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July 12, 2015 Dancing with God Kara Wagner Sherer
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July 5, 2015 Freedom from Kara Wagner Sherer
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June 28, 2015 Healing in private and in public  Bryan Cones
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June 21, 2015 Stilling the Storm Carolyn Bavaro
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June 14, 2015 if you plant something will grow Roberto Pamatmat
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June 7, 2015 black and white and grey Kara Wagner Sherer
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Pentecost, May 24, 2015 The Spirit speaks Truth Kara Wagner Sherer
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May 17, 2015 What Jesus left us when he left us Kara Wagner Sherer
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May 10, 2014 God’s Mother-like Love Ned Martin
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April 19, 2015 Evidence of God’s Presence Kara Wagner Sherer
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Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 Out of the struggle Kara Wagner Sherer
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Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015 Messy Passionate death – a Means of life  Kara Wagner Sherer
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March 22, 2015 Loving the Law Kara Wagner Sherer
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March 15, 2015 The God you choose Kara Wagner Sherer
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March 8, 2018 Where God is Joshua Longbrake
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March 1, 2015 Can you let it all go? Kara Wagner Sherer
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February 15, 2015 Made more beautiful by God Kara Wagner Sherer
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February 1, 2015 Your whole self Kara Wagner Sherer
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January 25,  2015 Filling in the details Kara Wagner Sherer
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January 11, 2015 Wade in the Water Kara Wagner Sherer
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January 4, 2015 Homecoming Kara Wagner Sherer
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December 28, 2014 God’s Intimacy with us Ned Martin
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Christmas, December 24, 2014 Conspiracy of Love Kara Wagner Sherer
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December 21, 2014 Prepare a room in you Kara Wagner Sherer
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December 14, 2014 It’s beginning to look a lot like Advent Kara Wagner Sherer
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December 7, 2014 Pregnant with Hope Joshua Longbrake
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November 23, 2014 Christ the King Ned Martin
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November 9, 2014 Dancing together Kara Wagner Sherer
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November 2, 2014 Saint Darwin? Kara Wagner Sherer
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October 26, 2014 More than a tent Kara Wagner Sherer
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October 19, 2014 Whose image is this? Kara Wagner Sherer
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October 12, 2014 May the story be with you  Joshua Longbrake
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October 5, 2014 Canaries in our Coal Mine Kara Wagner Sherer
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September 14, 2014 Forgetting and Remembering 2014  Kara Wagner Sherer
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August 31, 2014 Courage to Look Kara Wagner Sherer
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June 28, 2014 How will we welcome? Bryan Cones
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June 22, 2014 Caged Birds Shahar Weaver
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Pentecost, June 8, 2014 Fruits of the Spirit Ned Martin
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May 25, 2014 Playing in Potholes  Kara Wagner Sherer
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May 4, 2014 Going Viral  Kara Wagner Sherer
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Easter Sunday, April 20 Love  Kara Wagner Sherer
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April 6, 2014 What do I stand for?  Kara Wagner Sherer
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March 23, 2014  O God, Open my Eyes Kara Wagner Sherer
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March 23, 2014  Recipe for Real Change Kara Wagner Sherer
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March 9, 2014 Free Will  Kara Wagner Sherer
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Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Sleepless Nights  Kara Wagner Sherer
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February 23, 2014 Reimagining the World  David Fisher
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February 16, 2014 Leveling the Law or the Right Way to Vacuum  Joshua Longbrake
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February 9, 2014 Italian Beef with a Side of Guilt  Kara Wagner Sherer
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January 19, 2014 Followers Emma Murphy
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January 12, 2014 Elevator Speech Kara Wagner Sherer
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December 29, 2013  God of Journeys Kara Wagner Sherer
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December 1, 2013 The Most Important Thing  Kara Wagner Sherer
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November 10, 2013  God of the Living Kara Wagner Sherer
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October 20, 2013 Grant me Justice Emma Murphy
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April 21, 2013 I shall not want Kara Wagner Sherer
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Good Friday, March 29, 2013 Good Thursday/Bad Friday Rachael Weasley, intern
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March 24, 2013 Luke’s Passion with Images Kara Wagner Sherer
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February 24, 2013 Look toward heaven  Kara Wagner Sherer
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February 17, 2013 Do you have Milk & Honey? Kara Wagner Sherer
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February 10, 2013 prayer  Rachael Weasley, intern
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December 23, 2012 How can this be? Rachael Weasley, intern
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December 30, 2012 Perfect Reflection Kara Wagner Sherer
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December 9, 2012 A Confession Kara Wagner Sherer
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November 11,2012  God the Widow Kara Wagner Sherer
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October 21, 2012  Can You Drink The Cup? Rachael Weasley, intern
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Blessing of the Animals October 7, 2012  Naming Julianne Buenting, Associate Priest
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September 24, 2012 Jesus’ 47% Kara Wagner Sherer
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May 20, 2012 – Jess Elfring
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April 29, 2012  Love in Action Kara Wagner Sherer
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12/4/2011Bryan Cones
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10/23/11 – Julianne Buenting
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10/2/2011  – Bryan Cones
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9/18/2011 – “The table’s ready, everybody come!” Kara Wagner Sherer
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Prayer without ceasing
10/17/2010 – Pray without ceasing

09/04/2011 Fierce Conversations

Well, it that is my sermon illustration for today I’d better quit my job and start working for Hallmark. This light hearted example is nothing like the tough conversations that Jesus is calling us to have in this Sunday’s gospel. We know this is difficult because what Jesus is asking us to do is the opposite of normal human tendencies. Normally if I get in a fight with Matt I’d go tell Brian and Susan. They’d tell a couple of people and pretty soon two or three people would come to me and say, “I can’t believe he did that!” And a couple of people would go to Matt and say, “I can’t believe she said that!” And maybe eventually Matt and I would confront each other publically and our relationship would be broken and the community would be torn apart. That is how we usually operate, at church, at work, in our neighborhoods.

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07/24/2011 “God’s World is…”
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07/17/2011  “Angels – good or evil?”
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04/24/2011 – “Discovering God”
A six year-old girl in Scotland decided to write a letter to God. Her parents, who are non-believers were concerned that she get an answer to her question which was, “To God, How did you get invented?” Her father, being a good father, sent the letter off. The Scottish Episcopal Church didn’t answer, neither did the Presbyterians. The Scottish Catholics sent a “nice but theologically complex answer.” But then the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Communion wrote back. This is his letter…
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03/13/2011 – “Eat that fruit”
My friend Heidi is teaching Sunday school at her church this year. They decided to read the earliest stories from the Hebrew Scriptures to the class of 7 -11 year-olds. It was Heidi’s turn to tell the story of Cain and Able. Do you remember the story? Cain and Able make sacrifices to God, God seems to prefer Able’s sacrifice and so Cain gets angry and jealous and kills Able. After telling the story one girl looked at Heidi and said, “Why didn’t they just talk about their feelings?”
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12/24/2010 – “Beauty and Pain”
Tonight we celebrate Christmas, the feast of the incarnation. We celebrate that unique Christian claim that God became human, that in Christ God knows the depth and breadth of human experience. God knows hot and cold, suffering and joy, sorrow and sweetness.
As I meditated on the meaning of Christmas these last few weeks I kept coming back to this passage from Betty Smith’s novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
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