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 …

Sermon for Proper 13, Year A August 6, 2017

Exodus 34:29-35                                Psalm 99 2 Peter 1:13:21                                  Luke 9:28-36 When I was in Jerusalem we went to Mount Tabor where tradition says today’s gospel story took place.  The …

Sermon for Proper 12, Year A July 30, 2017

1 Kings 3:5-12          Psalm 119: 129-136 Romans 8:26-39                Matthew 12:31-33, 44-52 Last week I was interviewed by a reporter from the Daily Guard who asked me, “What is your …

Sermon for Proper 11, Year A July 23, 2017

Isaiah 44:6-8                       Psalm 86:11-17 Romans 8:12-25                Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Our reading today from Romans is what is used by some to support a theology that differs widely from my own.  …

Sermon for Proper 10, Year A July 16, 2017

Isaiah 55:10-13                  Psalm 65: 9-14 Romans 8:1-11                   Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Today’s gospel reading is among my favorite.  Jesus tells the parable we refer to simple as the Parable of the …

Sermon for Proper 9, Year A July 9, 2017

Zechariah 9:9-12               Psalm 145:8-15 Romans 7:15-25a              Matthew 11:16-19,25-30 Our reading from Romans begins with Paul saying something I believe we can all relate to:  “I do not understand my own …

Sermon for Proper 8, Year A July 2, 2017

Jeremiah 28:5-9                Psalm89: 1-4, 15-18 Romans 6:12-23                Matthew 10:40-42 “Jesus said, ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.’”  As I read the …