Sermons from February 2020

Sermons from February 2020

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Lent’s Invitation: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday: February 26, 2020 Year A: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 103; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 At the time of this posting, there was no audio recording of this sermon. If you’re looking for a truly ironic twist for Ash Wednesday, you only need to think about our Gospel reading appointed for today.           “Beware of practicing piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your father in heaven…when you…
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Listen To Him: Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Last Sunday After The Epiphany: February 23, 2020 Feast of the Transfiguration Year A: Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9 At the time of this posting, there was no audio recording of this sermon. “Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.”[1] If you look at the Gospel of Matthew, a lot of things happened in the days that immediately precede this…
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Forgiveness And Love Are The Only Way: Epiphany 6

Sixth Sunday After Epiphany: February 16, 2020 Year A: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37 CLICK HERE to listen to an audio recording of this sermon. This Sunday’s gospel is brutal. We’re still hearing Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. You can try and unpack its meaning time and again, but it’s tough stuff. And it’s tough because Jesus seriously meant it to be that way. There’s no getting out of it, even the scholars who are most skeptical…
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We are the Salt of the Earth: Epiphany 5

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany: February 9, 2020 Year A: Isaiah 58:1-9a, [9b-12], Psalm 112:1-9, (10), 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, [13-16], Matthew 5:13-20 CLICK HERE to listen to an audio recording of this sermon. You are the salt of the earth.”[1] “You are the light of the world.”[2] Which are we? Are we salt or are we light? What is Jesus even getting at with statements like these? Added questions might be where are we? Who are we? Why are we here?…
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The Rewards Of Faith: Feast of the Presentation

Feast of the Presentation: February 2, 2020 Year A, Fourth Sunday after Epiphany: Malachi 3:1-4, Psalm 84, Hebrews 2:14-18, Luke 2:22-40 CLICK HERE to listen to an audio recording of this sermon. Today, we celebrate a simple, humble yet very important event: Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. It’s called the Feast of the Presentation. It’s an easy one to miss liturgically, coming as it does exactly forty days after Christmas Day. It’s one of those…