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Are you Willing to Join the Game?

070520 Pentecost 5  Zechariah 9:9-12; Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30   With apologies to Garrison Keilor, it has not been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon – or in the rest of the country for that matter. COVID 19 cases are spiking to frightening degrees around the country, while our President and Vice President continue to…

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When the Dominant Story is Unjust

062120 Pentecost 3  Genesis 21:8-21; Matthew 10:24-39   Our country is going through a much-needed moment of reflecting on who we are and what we value. I’ve said before that we have failed to confess and repent of our original sins as a nation – the massacre of the native peoples of this land, and…

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A Radical Hospitality of Compassion 

061420 Pentecost 2  Genesis 18; Matthew 9:35-10:8, 14-22   I’ve always tried to connect my sermons to what is going on in the world and in our lives. But for the past three months, it’s become more intense, as COVID-19 spread far and wide, with public health and economic impacts previously unimagined. In the last…

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Trinity Sunday Very Good or Very Bad?

060720  Genesis 1; Psalm 8; Matthew 28:16-20   Prayer: May the words of my mouth… Believe it or not, it was only last Monday that the President had peaceful protesters gassed and pelleted so he could hold up a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. So much has happened since then. What a…

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Between Ascension and Pentecost

052420 Easter 7  Acts 1:6-14; John 17:1-11   So, we’re in that moment of major transition from lock-down to partial and gradual openings. More and more places are opening as the number of virus cases climbs higher and higher. How do we feel about that? Frustrated? Impatient? Worried? Angry? As we gather for another week…

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Truth: Casualty or Hope?

051720 Easter 6  Acts 17; I Peter 3; John 14:15-21   I wanted us to hear the first part of the Gospel reading through music, because it is a message for the heart, and music is heart language. Jesus connects love and truth in this passage. This has been a difficult week for truth. People…

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Radical Community for Today

050320 Easter 4  Psalm 23; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10   This last week my professional world has been filled with questions like:  When will we be able to return to the physical building for church? What will worship services look like when we start? How will living through the lock-down impact the…

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Learning from a Stranger

042620 Easter 3  Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17; Luke 24:13-35   The story of the Emmaus Road begins with two of Jesus’ disciples reflecting on the events of the past week – something friends and spouses often do when they see each other after an absence. Many of us are doing a lot of that on Zoom…

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