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I had to make you uncomfortable, otherwise you never would have moved.
-Universe-

This quote recalled conversations with a friend in Washington, who often spoke about how if we are comfortable, we have no reason, no desire to move which pairs with a common saying of a cousin ‘do something every day that scares you’.

Similar to the lack of comfort I experience with our Matthew scripture, this sermon was uncomfortable to prepare, it will be uncomfortable to preach, and it will be uncomfortable to hear. However, this is how we are moved, how we grow, and honestly how we are formed into the persons that God has, is and will continue to call us to be. This discomfort is compounded with our social crises, but perhaps that increases its necessity and urgency.

In our Matthew 9-10 scripture, Jesus is completely engulfed in his earthly ministry.

Jesus’ earthly ministry, according to Luke 4 (14-21) and his reading from Isaiah, is to:

  • Bring good news to the poor;
  • Proclaim release to the captives;
  • Return sight to the blind;
  • Free the oppressed; and
  • Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
    including debt forgiveness and the restoring of family lands.

Returning to our Matthew 9-10 scripture, the tasks of Jesus’ earthly ministry also included teaching and curing every disease and illness.

Jesus, God in human flesh and bone, is weary but moved with compassion for the multitude of people in need.

Jesus, God in human flesh and bone, is overwhelmed by the abundancy of human need.

Jesus commissions the disciples into his earthly ministry, that is Jesus invites and enables the inter-most circle of twelve to actively participate in the curing of every disease/illness and the casting out of unclean spirits. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2020 in Sermons

 

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A Different Easter

Alleluia! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

This is our proclamation of the Resurrection on Easter morning!
And yet, this Easter is different.

  • We postponed the Community Easter Egg Hunt.
  • We postponed the Congregational Breakfast.
  • We are not gathered together within the church building adorning our Sunday best, including Easter dresses and suits, for an elaborate worship experience adorned in lilies and tulips.

Perhaps, you are in comfortable jammies, drinking coffee, and listening along.
I hope you are.

And yet, THIS might be the most authentic Resurrection morning of our lifetime.

As read on Facebook:
“Maybe, for once, we celebrate Easter differently. Maybe, we celebrate the Resurrection just as the Disciples did: Alone, in the silence, hoping the faith outweighs the fear.” (Casey Kerins).

After the arrest, passion, and crucifixion of Jesus the Christ, the disciples are frightened.

We are frightened Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Sermons

 

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Testing Our Wings: Father’s Day Sermon

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These texts that we have today were a challenge for me. We have different texts that give themselves to or have themes that have been hijacked for purposes other than what I would call the gospel, or the good news.

I was wrestling with that this week.
How do I preach this, especially on the coat tails of a Sunday where I loved the gospel?

Then, I got to thinking about Father’s Day, who a father is, and our image of God as the perfect Father (the model of what fatherhood should ideally be).

I became a little more comfortable with the texts at that point.

In our gospel text (Matt. 9-10), we have Christ sending his disciples out to do those things we have been talking about:
the proclamation of the WORD in word and deed;
we don’t have the baptizing yet, but that will come;
the acts of compassion and mercy; and
the love and the service (of others).
They have been sent out into the world to do that, but not quite fully yet. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Sermons

 

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The Holy Trinity and “Making” Disciples

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Last week, I talked about how Pentecost seems strange to me because it is a feast to celebrate the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit in a manifestation that usually makes us uncomfortable. It was not the loving, comforting side but rather the unruly, untamed side that sends us forth and out into the world.

At the beginning of the service, I reference that this is also a feast day. It is the feast day (or Sunday) of the Holy Trinity, which is always the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is a strange day in it’s own right.

Our Sunday or Feasts texts usually involve a particular teaching or theme, or it deals with a particular event (like Pentecost), or perhaps a particular person like one of the Saints that we honor. Today is none of those. Today is the ONLY day of the church year that is dedicated to a teaching of the (Christian) Church, a core teaching, one of our most basic and fundamental doctrines.

But, throughout the world today, people will be hearing a lot of heresy (or false teaching) because the Trinity, the three-in-one, the one-in-three is a profound and divine mystery of who God is in our life, in our place, in our time, and in our world. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Sermons

 

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Resurrected into New Life

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We begun our service with the sanctuary darkened, the stain-glass windows covered, and the items of the crucifixion central to our space; in silence, those were removed while symbols of the Resurrection were brought in.

I led the congregation in a Thanksgiving for/Reminder of our Baptism, while in all black; afterwards, I put on the alb (the white robe).

This was all symbolic of our texts for “He is Risen! He has Risen Indeed! Alleluia!”.

Matthew’s account (chapter 28), Mary Magdalene and the other Mary go to the tomb to fulfil their responsibility to care for, to anoint the body. The men are hidden away in a dark room fearful of what the future holds. Now, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary would not have been in any more or less danger than those (male) disciples. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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