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Homily for August 30, 2017

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”  Jesus accuses the scribes and Pharisees of seeking to appear righteous while neglecting their spirit.  He compares them to a whitewashed tomb.  No …

Homily for Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Deuteronomy 34:1-12                                       Psalm 66: 1-8                                                  Matthew 18:15-20 When I studied Family Systems Theory I learned about healthy and unhealthy forms of communication.  Kids naturally try to divert responsibility for …

Sermon for Proper 16, Year A, August 27, 2017

Isaiah 51:1-6                            Psalm 138                                       Romans 12:1-8                            Matthew 16:13-20 When I was in grade school my father took a trip to the Holy Lands.  After I was older, my …

Sermon for Proper 18, Year A, September 10, 2017

Ezekiel 33:7-11                   Psalm 119:33-40                                Romans 13:8-14                Matthew 18:15-20 A couple of weeks ago I was looking for something in the office and found a box of the St. Paul’s Pewter …

Sermon for Day of Pentecost, Year A June 4, 2017

Acts 2:1-21                          Psalm 104: 25-35, 37                       1 Corinthians 12:3b-13                   John 20:19-23 Before the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, the disciples would sometimes argue among themselves as to which one …

Sermon for Proper 15, Year A August 20, 2017

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8                  Psalm 67 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32                   Matthew 15:21-28 Many like today’s gospel because the Canaanite woman wins the argument with Jesus.  She does indeed force his hand by …

Sermon for Proper 14, Year A August 13, 2017

1 Kings 19:9-18                  Psalm 85:8-13 Romans 10:5-15                                Matthew 14L22-13 I love the story we heard this morning from 1 Kings.  There is a great deal included in it, but …