Holy Thursday Homily: “I’m Still Hungry”

Holy Thursday Homily, “I’m Still Hungry”   Jesus said early in John, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” If that’s true, why am I still hungry? Maybe he’s not talking about what’s in my cupboard, but I still get hungry every day and I’ll be honest with you, even after I receive Holy Communion I am still hungry. Plus, the Gospel of John, the same Gospel that records Jesus saying “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never go … Continue reading Holy Thursday Homily: “I’m Still Hungry”

Sermon for Palm Sunday, “Do You Desire ‘Hosanna’?”

SCRIPTURE READING Gospel of John 12: 12-19 12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” 16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these … Continue reading Sermon for Palm Sunday, “Do You Desire ‘Hosanna’?”

Lenten Sermon: “Success vs Fruit”

SCRIPTURE READING Gospel of John 15: 1-8 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will … Continue reading Lenten Sermon: “Success vs Fruit”

Sermon for Lent: “Flesh Become Word”

A reading from the Gospel of John 1: 1-5, 14 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Sermon, “Flesh Become Word”                                                              … Continue reading Sermon for Lent: “Flesh Become Word”

Sermon “Quiet! Be Still”

Sermon, February 24th, 2019 Mark 4: 35-41 Opening Prayer       Let us pray:  Mighty God, who speaks a word of peace to calm our troubled sea; Caring God, who nudges us away from fear and toward faith; Ever-present God, who fills us with awe but also raises many questions without easy answers; Open our eyes to see you in our boat—today, Strengthen our hearts for the challenges that lie ahead, Open our ears to hear the word you speak. This we pray, In Jesus’ name. Amen.                             … Continue reading Sermon “Quiet! Be Still”

Sermon, “Finding Our Identity (Again)”

Sermon for January 13th, “Finding Our Identity (Again)” One Sunday several years ago following a lovely worship service that included a sermon on grace and love, a kind younger woman in our congregation had a comment. As it is with most congregations, clergy receive feedback about their sermons. Much of the time the feedback is simple, “Nice sermon” or “well done.” This particular person had some different feedback for me. She asked, “Why don’t you preach about sin? I always hear you talking about grace and love, and I’m sick of it. Preach about sin next Sunday.” My initial response … Continue reading Sermon, “Finding Our Identity (Again)”

Epiphany Message, “Let There Be…”

SCRIPTURE READING Our first Scripture reading is from  Isaiah 60:1-3 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Our second Scripture reading is from Genesis 1: 1-5            1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while … Continue reading Epiphany Message, “Let There Be…”