July 28, 2019, Samuel Cowan’s Sermon after General Synod 32

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Samuel Cowan is a recent graduate from Lakes Region High School who is planning to attend St. Anselm’s College this fall. He’s been part of our church community for a few years now, formally joined in February, and was a delegate to our denomination’s 32nd General Synod, the national gathering of our denomination that happens […]

July 21, 2019, “Great Purpose and Great Joy”

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It was 90 degrees in the sanctuary, and the microphone shorted out halfway through the message, and the preacher talked about cleaning toilets. And somewhere in it all, God showed up. With thanks to Theresa Hammond for reading scripture, this week’s sermon is here. The strange crackling and pause in the middle is the microphone […]

July 14, 2019, “Samaritan”

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With thanks to Kevin Murphy for reading scripture this week. Works Cited Amy-Jill Levine, Short Stories by Jesus, (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014), pp. 71-106. Matthew L. Skinner, “Exegetical Perspective: Proper 10” in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C, Volume 3, ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, […]

June 30, 2019, “God’s Fingerprints”

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When I reference putting our rocks down in this sermon, I’m referencing the children’s time we’ve just done in which we contemplated Joseph’s forgiveness of his brothers, and our own work of forgiveness. We said that forgiveness is as much or more about us as it is about the people we’re forgiving, and to demonstrate […]

June 23, 2019, “Kairos Time”

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Works Cited Martin Luther King, Jr., “Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution,” preached at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968. You can read this sermon here. Rocher Koendjbiharie, “Stonewall Riots,” Credo Magazine, May 9, 2016. Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, (Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 1980), pp. 109. The Rev. […]

June 16, 2019, “The Surface Area of Love”

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Today we gave thanks for Pride Celebrations and all the ways God has created us to be and to love. We gave thanks for good experiences of fathering and fatherhood and prayed for all for whom fathering and fatherhood has been challenging and hard. And we leaned in hard to what the Trinity can teach […]

May 26, 2019, “Peace”

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With thanks to Barbara Brown Taylor for her story about her nephew, Will, which is in her book God in Pain: Teaching Sermons on Suffering (Nashville, Abingdon Press: 1998), pp. 38-39.

May 12, 2019, “The Music of Belonging”

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With thanks to: The Salt Project for the Louis Armstrong connection. “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing: Salt’s Lectionary Commentary for Easter 4,” May 7, 2019, www.saltproject.org. Debie Thomas for the emphasis on belonging in the John text. “Tell us Plainly,” Journey with Jesus, May 5, 2019. Rolf Jacobson, Karoline Lewis, and Matt Skinner, […]