Sunday Sermon

The passage this morning from the prophet Jeremiah opens with these momentous words: “It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew.” I hear Jeremiah saying, “God has been trying to explain this to me. I see it now; I finally get it.” Yet, the rest of the...

Surrender to a New Beginning

It’s wonderful to be gathered with you today on this official kick-off to our Program Year. This has been a long-awaited day ever since COVID derailed much of our community’s life and plans 18 months ago. But finally, we’re back: Acolytes are guiding us in, the choirs...

Be Open

In this passage, Jesus sticks his fingers into a man’s ears (this is definitely pre-COVID!), then spits and touches the man’s tongue…and then calls a woman a dog! Now, for those keeping track, this is my 5th Sunday sermon here and so far I’ve been given texts that...

Sunday Sermon

What a difficult week it has been. The terrorist attack in Afghanistan on Thursday, tragically, resulted in the loss of almost 200 lives. The world watches anxiously as the evacuation continues, amid reports of possibly more attacks to come. This comes on the heels of...

Sunday Sermon

“It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh is useless.”  Are spirit and flesh, or perhaps spirit and matter, separate? Divided? Opposed to one another? Spiritual or religious values and attitudes are often considered to be antithetical to those we consider...

Sunday Sermon

The Gospel, two weeks ago, ended with these words: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” Last week, the Gospel began with these words: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the...