Sermons tagged with ‘fear’

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Wrapped up in love

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Wrapped up in love

The Holy Spirit isn’t a fixer – like we’re gangsters who need someone to clean up our mess. She’s our advocate, compelling us to be in this together. The radical advocacy of the Holy Spirit  Pentecost | John 14:8-17 (25-27) Photo by Errin Casano from Pexels This week, when I read through our readings for Pentecost, a thought occurred […]

Freedom From Fear

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Freedom From Fear

When Jesus joins the disciples in John 20:19-31, we shouldn’t put Thomas on trial. It is their fear that reveals a greater doubt. The reconciling hope after the resurrection Easter 2C | John 20:19-31 Photo by Mauricio Artieda from Pexels Remember how we all gathered last week to celebrate the risen Christ! We came to see the lilies and […]

A New Chance

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A New Chance

In Luke 21:25-36, we get a vision of the end which usually trips our fears, but Jesus reminds us that he’ll be with us, standing against the fear. In Advent, we begin with the end, because the end is only the beginning. Advent 1C  |  Luke 21:25-36 There’s a saying: Begin with the end in […]

The Back of the Boat

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The Back of the Boat

In the stilling of the storm in Mark 4:35-41, Jesus opens the disciples to the frightening possibility that they were wrong. And it reminds us that Jesus has the same message for us. “Peace. Be still!” The fear Jesus gets his disciples to face is not the storm. It’s change. Proper 7B  |  Mark 4:35-41 […]

Walking on Water

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Walking on Water

In the story, Jesus walks on water. So does Peter. He is just doing what Jesus did, offering us an option at a time of great fear. When darkness divides with fear there is beauty in hope Proper 14A | Matthew 14:22-33 The first time I walked on water, I was 16 years-old. I had […]

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 […]

The Scars of Jesus

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The Scars of Jesus

Jesus comes in peace, not cured, not perfect, not totally destroyed, not undead, zombied, but alive, with the scars to show the kind of death he suffered. He arrives to the disciples, who are scared, confused, alone, and he brings them peace. Thomas and the Challenge of Fear Easter 2C |  John 20:19-31 The full […]

Of What Are We Afraid?

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The Power of GOD and the Faith of the People Proper 7B / Mark 4:35−41 This is what trust looks like, what faith looks like. Not only in the mustard seed, but in the calming of storms. Not only in the theoretical, but in our lives; in our triumphs and challenges; in our doubts and […]