Sermons from June 2018

Sermons from June 2018

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Be not afraid—you’re not alone in the boat: Pentecost 5

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 24, 2018 Year B, Proper 8: 1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; Psalm 9:9-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 In Mark’s gospel today, Jesus asks the disciples: Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith? They’re in a great windstorm. The gospel writer uses the word “great”, and in this context, the word great comes from the Greek word, megalē, which is also the root of our English word, mega. When we use…
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Keep planting seeds and trust God for the harvest: Pentecost 4

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 17, 2018 Year B, Proper 6: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34 This week I had the opportunity to meet with a young woman who is applying for the diaconate in the Diocese of Virginia. To be a deacon is to be an ordained member of the clergy. For those of you who don’t know what a deacon is, Marty tells me that one of the deacon’s primary roles is to…
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Crazy, the Lord! Pentecost 3

Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 10, 2018 Year B, Proper 5: 1 Samuel 8:4-1, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15); Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 Today’s passage from Mark’s gospel is chock full of homiletical images nuggets. Any one preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ today would have a variety of options in how they take this sermon. “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand”. That certainly seems rather prescient in today’s world. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” Think about…