Sermons tagged with ‘Love’

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Hearts Broken Open

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Hearts Broken Open

In Acts, we are given the example of Stephen–a deacon, prophet, and preacher–whose love reveals the very love of God for all of us. The killing of Stephen and the opening of our hearts Easter 5A  |  Acts 7:55-60 Why do they kill Stephen? Our lectionary jumps in at the very end of a two […]

Choose to Love

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Choose to Love

When Jesus said he came to fulfill the Law, he was talking about building the blessed community of love and hope, not individual freedom. Or How to Build the Blessed Community 7th Sunday after the Epiphany Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18, Matthew 5:38-48 This is an honest question. How many times have we heard a Christian, a follower […]

Waters Shall Break Forth

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Waters Shall Break Forth

These images reveal the beauty of creation and of GOD’s mission in the world. Of a dream that is not yet realized but will be. Will be! God’s message draws us to the margins Advent 3A |  Isaiah 35:1-10 When I first visited my grandparents in Green Valley, I really didn’t know what to expect. […]

When Love Overcomes Fear

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When Love Overcomes Fear

For he was not only feral: he was naked. Not even human. But when they see him, he is clothed and “in his right mind.” Instead of feeling joy and excitement, they fear him. They fear Jesus. They fear that he actually is human. A restored humanity and the work of restoring the whole community […]

New Love For a Change

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New Love For a Change

It is in this moment, in the revealing of betrayal, which Jesus tells them to love. To love each other. This is how GOD loves: that GOD is willing to change the script and the very definition of love. A GOD of new things calls us to a new love Easter 5C |  John 13:31-35 The […]

Jesus’s Love Revolution

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Love Revolution

Superman isn’t swooping in. The heavens aren’t opening and the army of angels are not going to ride in here in front of you and slaughter all of our enemies. The Triumphal Entry and the incarnating of GOD’s dream Palm Sunday C |  Luke 19:28-40 The full text may be downloaded above. For the audio, […]

A Father’s Love

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Lent 4C - A Father’s Love

Who could blame him if he didn’t want to go to that party? I wouldn’t. I bet you wouldn’t either. He’s rightfully mad. All these years – nothing – gone to waste. The Lost Sons and our fear of intimacy Lent 4C | Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 The full text may be downloaded above. For the […]

Not-So Secret Faith

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Not-So Secret Faith

How can we talk about always telling the truth and being honest, if we are also keeping secrets and refusing to share with one another? The love (without hypocrisy) Jesus longs for Ash Wednesday |  Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 For the text and audio, visit the Rector’s Page

The Saints Unbound

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All Saints' Day

But I wonder, if we listen close, if we don’t hear words, we’ll hear weeping. Weeping for the loved one lost? Weeping for GOD’s own? Weeping for our pain and suffering and confusion? Weeping because we haven’t listened.  Mary, Martha, Lazarus and the Light of the World All Saints’ Day B  |  John 11:32-44 

Possessing the Kingdom

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Proper 22B

How our focus on law and politics misses the real revelation Proper 22B  /  Mark 10:2-16 He’s not mincing words. The Kingdom belongs to them. Not the disciples. Not the Pharisees. Not the Romans. The children. We need to hear these words.