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The Welcome of Christ

The Welcome of Christ

I remember as a young girl sitting in the pews, the priest describing the church as “here comes everybody.” Above the doorway to the sanctuary were words from the prophet Isaiah, “My house will be a house of prayer for all the peoples.” Church, I was led to believe, was a place where everyone was welcome. The reading we just heard that concludes the Sermon on the Mount makes two important points: Whenever we welcome someone in the name of Jesus, we are welcoming Jesus himself; And whatever we...

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A Growing Relationship

A Growing Relationship

Successful. Able to provide. Generous. Compassionate. Ever Hopeful. Seeking the best for you. Warm Hearted. Affectionate. Joyous. A Good Listener. Forgiving. Wise. These are all qualities of the father in today’s Gospel reading. This parable, of course, is meant to...

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What Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

"See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me... Brother will betray...

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Divine Creativity: A Sermon for Trinity Sunday

Divine Creativity: A Sermon for Trinity Sunday

This week in an email chain I was on, someone referred to 2020 as “the year they want to forget.” No doubt this has been a tough year so far. Truly painful for many people. But, I don’t think it's a year we want to forget. Rather, I propose that it’s a year we will...

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A Pentecost Moment

A Pentecost Moment

On Tuesday, I had an amazing experience with a group of people from this church community. And I wasn’t even in the church. I was sitting at my computer on Zoom in the parsonage. Thirteen other people were sitting at their computers, too. Afterwards, here is how some...

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Ascension Sermon: To Bless Us Forward

Ascension Sermon: To Bless Us Forward

Sometimes we desperately need the assurance that God is with us, that love will not forget or abandon us. It’s often when we are standing at a threshold - when our lives are about to radically change that we need to know that God’s blessing goes with us. Thresholds...

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How Are We Going To Get Through This?

How Are We Going To Get Through This?

How are we going to get through this? How are we going to get through this? This was a question on the minds of the disciples as they began to realize at the Last Supper, from which Jesus’ words today are taken, that he was leaving them, that he would be taken from...

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The Work of God

The Work of God

The story that I like to call “The Mothering of Moses” has always been a favorite of mine. More than anything it speaks to me of the ways three women came together for the benefit of Moses, each doing her part, the work of God,  to be sure that he not only lived, but ...

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An Abundant Life

An Abundant Life

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." Many of you who live in Gloucester may have heard the story of the confrontation near Goose Cove earlier this week.  For those who haven’t heard the story, here it is - at least as I understand it. A young...

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Third Sunday of Easter: A Larger Story

Third Sunday of Easter: A Larger Story

What the heck is going on here? I admit it. I’ve nearly lost my patience.   I want this to be over.  No more pandemic.  No more physical distancing.  No more uncertainty.  No more life upside down.   I’ve had it.  How about you?  Yes, I want to learn from this crisis....

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The Power of Forgiveness

The Power of Forgiveness

Within the first few days of staying at home because of the pandemic, I noticed something about myself that surprised me.  And not in a good way. I’m not sure whether it was because of my fear of Coronavirus or fear of its economic consequences for our country; or if...

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Signs of Life

Signs of Life

She stood near at his death. She witnessed the horrors of his crucifixion.  She went to his tomb.  Maybe she didn’t believe he was really gone? How could someone who means so much to her have died? When the earth quaked and an angel appeared, she didn’t need to...

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It’s Going to Get Worse

It’s Going to Get Worse

It’s going to get worse. It’s going to get a lot worse. Jesus knew this as he prepared to enter Jerusalem, a city we are told in today’s Gospel that is “in turmoil.” And we know this, as public health experts tell us that the peak of the pandemic here is likely...

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