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Celebration of the Dead

I have often told people that there are only two guarantees in our life:

  1.  Everything will change.
  2. We will die.

Seriously, beyond these I am not aware of any guarantee we share will all of humankind.

Change is a challenge for us, because it does require us to step out of our comfort zone and step into the unknown.

Death is often another change for us, perhaps since it defies the above guarantee and is permanent.

Yet, All Saints Sunday is not a sober, sad ‘celebration’ of our deceased loved ones but a celebration in joy, which may seem unnatural and counter-productive (pointless). This celebration, respecting and honoring our departed loved ones seems to transcend culture and religious faith, but more intriguing is that the majority occurring the autumn, and more specifically between October 31 and November 2.

I am intrigued by this time of year, the autumn seasonal changes are beautiful and yet it is preparing the earth for a long, deep sleep or death. Perhaps, that is the reason for our acknowledgement of our own dead.

This morning, we celebrate All Saints Day, which is actually November 1. It is the center-point of a three day Christian festival celebrating our dead. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 5, 2019 in Sermons


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Love Enemies? But Some People…

Our scriptural lesson is perhaps the hardest we can be given.

Last week, I talked about Jesus preaching the Sermon on the Plains (or on a level place). It was the Blessings and the Woes. It was the Grand Reversal, a theme throughout the Gospel of Luke.

Our scripture this morning is a continuation of the Sermon on the Plains. It is the same discourse (teaching) and preaching to that same crowd. Yet, our lesson is not only a foundational part of the Gospel of Luke but the scriptures as a whole:

That is Love. However, Jesus does not leave it at “love thy neighbor as yourself”.

The Gospel of John shares Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another” as he first loved us.
This new commandment removed the loophole of ‘since I do not always like or love myself, I do not have to always like or love my neighbors’.

Our Gospel takes the love up a notch with ‘love your enemies’.


Our ‘countdown’ video this morning was an excerpt from a Martin Luther King Jr. speech. He was speaking about Jesus’ teaching to love our enemies. He had bared witness to and was the victim of prejudice.

If we tell ourselves that prejudice based on race or ethnicity, religious faith, our gender (biological sex and gender identity), our sexualities, and our age does not exist today.
We are deceiving ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 25, 2019 in Sermons


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In Faith, Trust, and … Pixie Dust?

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The Transcript:

On this All Saints’ Sunday, our texts came from Daniel 7 and Luke 6.
In Daniel, Daniel has a vision of four beasts that he is told will be leaders that emerge from the earth but that at the end of the day the kingdom will belong to the faithful.

[And] in Luke 6, we have the blessed and the woes which is Luke’s version of Matthew’s Beatitudes.

What is All Saints?
All Saints is (celebrated) the first Sunday in November and honors a trio of days where it is believed that the veil between our world and the Other World is at its thinnest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Sermon Summaries


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