Sermons from March 2019

Sermons from March 2019

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In God’s Kingdom, The Law Is Grace: Lent 4

Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 31, 2019 Year C, Joshua 5:9-12;  Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 This was a joint service held at St. Andrew’s. There was no recording of this sermon. The text is below. “There was a man who had two sons.” That begins one of the most memorable and famous stories in the New Testament, a story commonly called “The Prodigal Son”, or the Prodigal Son and His Brother”. The younger son demanded his…
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We Are Standing On Holy Ground: Lent 3

Third Sunday in Lent: March 24, 2019 Year C, Exodus 3:1-15;  Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. Growing up I watched a lot of TV. One of the programs was the Rifleman. I alternately liked it and was scared of it because of the opening scene with the gunfire. There are times even now, I’ll still watch the Rifleman when I find it on a station. I don’t really know why, but…
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God Always Comes To Meet Us: Community Lenten Service

Community Lenten Service March 19, 2019 Year C, Matthew 1:18-25 No recording available. This sermon was delivered at the Woodstock United Methodist Church. 18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just…
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Our Hope Is With Jesus: Lent 2

SEcond Sunday in Lent: March 17, 2019 Year C, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18;  Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. On this second Sunday in Lent, we hear in our gospel about Christ’s journey to Jerusalem is about as far apart in terms of time as you can get at least in the Gospel of Luke. We’ve jumped more than nine chapters in the Gospel of Luke, taking us from the very beginning of Jesus’…
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Invitation To A Holy Lent: Lent 1

First Sunday in Lent: March 10, 2019 Year C, Deuteronomy 26:1-11;  Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-3 No recording available for this sermon. Today’s Gospel passage begins with what seems to be paradox or contradiction. Luke tells us that Jesus is full of the Holy Spirit, but he is led into the emptiness or nothingness of the wilderness. Simultaneous fullness and emptiness. This seems to be irreconcilable – how can there be fullness and emptiness at the same time? Yet, stories…
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We Are Forever Changed: Last Sunday After Epiphany

Last Sunday after the Epiphany: March 2, 2019 Year C, Exodus 34:29-35;  Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36; [37-43a] CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. This may be a little-known fact about Episcopal seminaries: like many colleges and universities, there’s a fair amount of competition between the schools. Which is more academic, which is more liturgically high church, which is positively medieval, which is most social-justice-oriented.? You get the picture. As most of you know, I attended General…