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Make the Connections before Acting

041821 Easter 3  The sermon begins at minute 11:10 of the video Psalm 4; Acts 3:12-19; Luke 24:36-48   When I first read today’s Scriptures, they struck me as downers. Aren’t we supposed to be celebrating Christ’s resurrection? Why do these passages focus on rejection, murder, ignorance, suffering, and longing for better times? Then I…

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Recognizing Jesus

  Guest sermon by Sam Pillsbury. The sermon begins at minute 17:40 of the video John 20:19-31   Introduction Sometimes the most extraordinary and wonderful things appear right in front of us, present to sight and sound, smell and touch – and still we miss them. We do not recognize what is right in front of…

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Easter Day Doing it Again for the First Time

040421  The sermon starts at minute 22:50 in the video Mark 16:1-8   How appropriate that this year’s Gospel is Mark, which ends so ambiguously and inconclusively. While the other Gospels end on hopeful notes of Jesus meeting his female and male disciples, and going to Galilee, here there is no meeting, and no going…

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Sensing Loss, Clarifying Mission

032121 Lent 5     The reflection with music begins at minute 24:00 of the video Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-33   I have mentioned before that a group of folks, including vestry members, have met every two weeks during the past year to guide, monitor, and envision ministry at St. Athanasius during, and beyond, this crazy…

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Grieving and Hoping at the Same Time

031421 Lent 4  The sermon begins at minute 20:35 of the video Num. 21:4-9; John 3:14-21   Last week the country hit two important milestones: the first was Thursday’s one year anniversary – or what today’s prayer calls the traumaversary – of the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19; the second was yesterday’s one year anniversary of…

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Responding to Troubling Times

030721 Lent 3  The sermon begins at minutes 21:20 of the video Exodus 20:1-17; I Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22   2000 years ago, Jesus cleansed the temple. He was killed by agents of the system he was denouncing.  56 years ago today 600 people tried to cross a bridge in Selma, Alabama. Many of them…

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February 28, 2021 – Gerti

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”   I wonder what the multitude thought when they heard those words. We already know that the disciples, especially Peter, were shocked when Jesus told them that he was going to be rejected, suffer, and die.…

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Rainbows and Floods, Rivers and Deserts

022121 Lent 1  The sermon begins at minute 21:30 of the video Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15   Last Christmas, my son asked that, instead of a Christmas present, we donate to an organization called Charity Water. I was proud of him, and happy to have him take the lead in transforming the practice of giving…

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Transfiguration New Eyes and Ears

021421 Transfiguration New Eyes and Ears:  2 Cor. 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9   Last week, many of us were riveted to our TVs, revisiting the events of January 6 in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. We saw and heard more details than we could see or hear on the day itself. But it wasn’t just…

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