Sermons

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: The Rev. Deacon Richard P. Limato

The Rev. Deacon Richard P. Limato

Increase our faith!

Please Be Seated.

The focus of this week’s Core Value is “Following Jesus.”

Here’s what we got – A seemingly scolding Jesus, a miraculous self replanting mulberry tree, and an admonition to be like slaves – OH MY!

I’ll start with something easier – doubt.

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The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – St. Michael’s Day: The Rev. Katharine Flrxer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

A happy Domhnach Curran to you all – Carrot Sunday. In Scottish tradition on the Sunday afternoon before the feast of St Michael, women and girls would go out into the fields and dig up wild carrots. They would tie them into bunches with red thread, and give them to their beloved on the night of St Michael’s Day, a symbol of fertility. You never thought of a carrot that way, did you? now you always will!* Tomorrow is technically the feast of Michael on the church calendar, so this afternoon is your time, ladies – go dig those carrots, in honor of St Michael! But don’t forget to sing the special song as you present the carrots tomorrow night:

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The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: The Rev. David Rider

The Rev. David Rider

I have a two-part question about your workplace—past or present—one part being rather simple and the second part more nuanced

For those of you who have been part of a work culture, how many have supervised another person as part of your job?

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The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: The Rev. David Rider

The Rev. David Rider

As we enjoy a beautiful late-summer weekend and gather around baby William Nolan for baptism today, we encounter a quirky healing story found only in Luke’s Gospel.

A woman severely crippled for 18 years suddenly stands tall, and Jesus seemingly picks a fight with the religious authorities.

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The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: The Rev. David Rider

The Rev.
David Rider

As we enjoy a beautiful late-summer weekend and gather around baby William Nolan for baptism today, we encounter a quirky healing story found only in Luke’s Gospel

A woman severely crippled for 18 years suddenly stands tall, and Jesus seemingly picks a fight with the religious authorities

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The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: The Rev. Kate Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

Another hot humid August Sunday, another rant from Jesus. If you’ve been paying attention to our gospel readings week by week, which I’m sure you have, you know that we’re in a little stretch of fierce words from Jesus. We’ve been told that the Son of Man is going to turn up any minute and we’d better be ready (Luke 12:32-40); we’ve been told we’re all gonna die and so we’d better prepare ourselves (Luke 12:13-21). And today, it’s all about fire and division. We’re used to this in Advent, the season when the world goes mad for the holidays while we stalk around the desert with John the Baptist. But here it is in August, similarly ill-timed, right when everyone wants to have their last vacation, their last bit of peace and refreshment before the fall begins. Just when we just want to lay back and relax on the beach, in storms Jesus, breathing fire and brimstone, trying to whip us into a frenzy. It’s no real wonder that church attendance drops in August.

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