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Initiations into a Life of Grace

070421 Pentecost 6 The sermon begins at minute 21:30 on the video 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13           One of the impacts of the last year of dual pandemics of COVID and racism is that each time we come to a national holiday, we must take a new look at it. We did that on…

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The Other Side is the Same Side

062721 Pentecost 5  The Sermon begins at minute 18:25 of the video 2 Sam. 1:1, 17-27; 2 Cor. 8:7-15; Marcos 5:21-43   We are coming to the end of Pride Month. This year the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising falls on a Sunday. It actually took place in the early hours of the 28th, but…

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Seeing with Christ Eyes

061321 Pentecost 3  The sermon begins at minute 23:25 of the video I Samuel 15:34-16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:26-34   This is an important moment in the history of St. Athanasius Episcopal Church as we commemorate 29 years of Korean ministry at St. Athanasius. In 1992, the congregation known as St. Nicholas, moved from…

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How to Face New Moments

060621 Pentecost 2  The service begins at minute 1:00 and the sermon at minute 16:15 of the video I Samuel 8:4-11; Mark 3:20-35   As I’ve shared in emails recently , I’m facing a challenge in my life right now that I never thought I would have to face. It’s not my story to tell,…

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Trinity Sunday Encounters with Holy Love

053021 Trinity Sunday Encounters with Holy Love The service begins at minute 2:15 and the sermon at minute  17:55 of the video Isaiah 6:1-6; John 3:1-17   Last Sunday, I unpacked the Spirit’s unmasking of our false beliefs about sin, righteousness, and judgment. It was heady stuff. But my own life has taught me that…

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Freedom from Toxic Religion

052321 Pentecost  The service begins at minute 6:30 and the sermon at 24:00 of the video John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15   I’ve been disturbed again this week by the damage done by toxic religion. We’ve seen it on the inter-personal stage, as well as the world stage. How many more wars will be fought between Jews…

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Discerning Jesus’ Mission in his Prayer

051621 Easter 7  The sermon begins at minute 15:00 of the video Psalm 1; John 17:6-21   This morning, we have voted to become a mission congregation. It’s a good day to review our mission statement: God loves us – no exceptions. We love God. We welcome all. We serve the world. That review is…

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Lightening the Load

050921 Easter 6  The sermon begins at minute 17:20 of the video Acts 10:44-48; I John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17   In the email I sent to the congregation yesterday, I included a quote about mother-lines as a way to frame Mother’s Day. Carol Lee Flinders writes, there are genealogical mother-lines, but there are mother-lines of…

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The Church’s Struggle with Difference

050221 Easter 5  Acts 8:26-40; I John 4; John 15:1-8   This past week I read an article containing many stories of people who had left the church. Each one remembered their point of no return. Those stories don’t shock me. I’ve heard many stories from people who left the church because they were mistreated,…

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