Mary’s offering

A sermon on John 12:1-8 Today’s gospel lesson describes a pretty unusual dinner party. It is held at the home of Lazarus, the man who only recently was raised from the dead. And in the middle of it all, Lazarus’ sister Mary approaches Jesus, anoints his feet with very expensive perfume and wipes them with […]

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Ash Wednesday, 2013

Anne Lamott once said that the two best prayers she knows are: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you and Help me, Help me, Help me. And across the ages, this doesn’t seem to have changed very much. You can just look at the book of psalms, which contains some of the oldest prayers we pray. […]

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of Science and Systems

A sermon on Luke 4: 21-30 I’ve been reading lately about the development of modern medicine, germ theory and vaccines and antibiotics and all the rest.  It’s hard to believe how little was known or was widely known only a hundred years ago. And yet, over the course of a few decades, a whole wave […]

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The Deliciousness of Life

A sermon on John 2:1-11 In the eighteenth century, there was a clergyman from the Church of England who suggested that, given the vast amount of wine made available to the wedding guests, this miracle at the wedding in Cana would allow for folks to drink such that they had cheerfulness and pleasure. I know […]

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The peace that passes understanding

  I was scrolling through my Twitter feed on Friday when I saw that first, heartbreaking photo of a class being led out of Sandy Hook elementary school by the police. I tensed up, waiting to hear more, hoping and wishing and praying that none of the children in the school were hurt. (You can […]

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Raise your heads

A Sermon for Year C, Advent 1 Our first reading is from the book of Jeremiah. Now Jeremiah is a definitely a different kind of guy. He was always doing dramatic things to make his point. Once he lay on his side for 390 days and another time he wore a yoke over his shoulders. […]

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No more Twinkies/the end of the world

A Sermon for Year B, proper 28 I’m not sure I’m convinced that the closing of the Hostess factory is a sign of the end times. However, several folks online have noted how this reading from Mark, that some have understood to be about the end of the world, came up in this particular week […]

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