Sermons

The Power of Grief

By The Very Rev. Canon Frank Alton | September 22, 2019

092219 Pentecost 15c Jeremiah 8:18-9:1       Jeremiah isn’t the kind of guy most people like to invite to parties. He brings up difficult subjects – like grief, judgment, idolatry and destruction; he’s chronically depressed; he wears his heart on his sleeve; and he often acts really weird. Not exactly a party animal! Today’s passage…

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Chaos, Loss and Safety

By The Very Rev. Canon Frank Alton | September 15, 2019

091519 Pentecost 14c Jer. 4; Psalm 14; Luke 15       On occasion someone will make a comment about a story I told in my sermon. It might be the only thing they remember about the sermon. Maybe the sermon wasn’t as good as the story. In general, it is easier to remember a story…

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Abandoning the Fountain for a Cracked Cistern

By The Very Rev. Canon Frank Alton | September 1, 2019

  Jeremiah 2:4-13; Luke 14:7-14       Jeremiah’s images of the fountain and the cistern have held power for me ever since I lived in Mexico. In our neighborhood, the city turned on the water two or three times a week. While it was on, people stored it in whatever container they had. Initially we…

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