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Doubt? Ask and Seek

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Our text this Sunday is a common and familiar one, which is read each year the Sunday after the Resurrection. We know this story as “Doubting Thomas”.

On Palm Sunday, I talked about we all have had our moments when we have been Judas (the betrayer) and Peter (the denier); well, we all are “doubting” Thomas.

My question is, who is Thomas before the Resurrection, during this account, and afterwards?

Well, Thomas (according to John) is one of the twelve disciples of Christ, who prior to the Resurrection [Doubting Thomas] story we have two lines from him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Resurrected into New Life

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We begun our service with the sanctuary darkened, the stain-glass windows covered, and the items of the crucifixion central to our space; in silence, those were removed while symbols of the Resurrection were brought in.

I led the congregation in a Thanksgiving for/Reminder of our Baptism, while in all black; afterwards, I put on the alb (the white robe).

This was all symbolic of our texts for “He is Risen! He has Risen Indeed! Alleluia!”.

Matthew’s account (chapter 28), Mary Magdalene and the other Mary go to the tomb to fulfil their responsibility to care for, to anoint the body. The men are hidden away in a dark room fearful of what the future holds. Now, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary would not have been in any more or less danger than those (male) disciples. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Dark Room or Tomb?

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Sunday was Palm Sunday and we celebrated it as both Palm and Passion Sunday, embracing the whole of Holy Week primarily focusing on Maundy Thursday [and] Good Friday.

We begun the service with Christ entering triumphantly into the holy city and making preparations for Passover, which Passover this year begins today for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

We begun with our service with that, but we quickly moved to Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion and then moved into Good Friday: the betrayal of Judas, the arrest of Christ, the denial of Peter, the passion/the punishment/the physical endurance of Christ prior to being crucified and then Christ crucified. We ended the service with Christ’s body laying in the dark tomb.

How do you preach such a range of emotions? I primarily let the scriptural readings, the covering of our symbols, the bringing forth of the items from the crucifixion do most of the ‘proclaiming of the Word’.

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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Unexpected and Exposing the Darkness

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This week I had a couple of themes interwoven into my sermon.

The first theme begins with 1 Samuel 16. Samuel, a prophet of our Lord, anoints David as king while King Saul is still on the throne.

David not of the royal family, but of a family of shepherds. David was the youngest of eight sons and the runt of the litter, not who we would imagine God choosing as our king. We know the mighty things that David would come to do. We also know how flawed and sinful of a man he was.  A Dominican (Catholic Order) monk classmate once said “you can sin like King David, if you can repent like him”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Royal Robe and Crown

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During Wednesdays in Lent, we’re exploring the items of the passion and crucifixion of Christ. We begin with the royal robe and crown of thorns with the soldiers mocking Christ.

This story made me think about my own life and how, in hindsight, things change. When I was working as a cashier at The Home Depot, I was speaking with a co-worker about how a friend and I just realized we went to elementary school together. Another co-worker said “that makes perfect sense”, to which I replied “what do you mean?”.

The co-worker said “well, the hot cheerleader never knows the average joe”. I started laughing. I explained to him that if he knew me, he would know I wasn’t a cheerleader but I was actually a tom-boy redneck. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Transfiguration: Mountain Top Places

Transfiguration: Mountain Top Places
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I believe that we, humans, have landmarks that let us know when we have come home. Landmarks that begin the process of renewing and recharging our souls. For me, it is the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.

On a website, it said that these (Superstition Mountains) were the most photographed part of Arizona second to the Grand Canyon. They’re beautiful and they are appropriately named. There are many stories and experiences within the Superstitions that many would call paranormal, supernatural, mystical, or unexplained. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Holy? Perfect? Complete Wholeness

Holy? Perfect? Complete Wholeness

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All of our texts this week had a common theme that isn’t at first evident.

We begin with Leviticus 19. We don’t like Leviticus. We struggle to work with it as it is THE legal code and our passage was from the Holiness Code. We all cherry-pick the law based on our own understanding of what is right and what is wrong and what we can justify. Our passage today was about not stripping the vineyard or the fields empty, in order that the poor, the alien, the immigrant in our community would be able to eat from it; thus, serving those in need. The passage left out was about animal sacrifice and we cut it short before it addressed not cutting our hair, not wearing fabric made of mixed materials, body modifications like piercings and tattoos.

At coffee hour, one of my members asked how many sets of piercings do I have; the answer is four. They jokingly said ‘I am not going  to ask how many tattoos you have’; well, that answer is also four. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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