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Category: Sermons

I’ve Been Here Before (Sermon for January 20, 2019)

There is a scene from The West Wing. You’re going to find that I bring up that show every now and again. Leo McGarry is the White House Chief of Staff. He’s also an alcoholic. A few years before the scene in the show, he was sober. And then he fell off the wagon. It was

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Refugees (Sermon for January 6, 2019)

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” In today’s reading from Matthew, we hear this line from the prophet Jeremiah about Rachel, in the city of Ramah, weeping for her children. You see, a long time ago,

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Astonished and Amazed (Sermon for December 30, 2018)

I have gotten in trouble for a sermon once.  When I say ‘in trouble’, I don’t mean that someone had a question or wanted to have a conversation about something that they disagreed with.  When I say ‘in trouble’, I mean that I was pulled aside after the service and given a lecture about how

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The Christmas Story (Sermon for December 24, 2018)

God loved the world like this: In the days when Israel was ruled by Rome, God sent an angel to a young woman named Mary, who was engaged to a man named Joseph, and that angel said, You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will

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Love (Sermon for December 23, 2018)

Right after I graduated from seminary, a lot of my friends began their first calls at their first churches. And that meant that, for the first time, they had to preach… every week. And if you’ve never had to preach a sermon every week, then you might not know that preparing a sermon is a

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The Big Peace (Sermon for December 9, 2018)

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. And today, we hear a part of a story that we don’t hear very often. There was this priest, Zechariah, and his wife, Elizabeth. They were righteous before the Lord. And, like so many people in the Bible, they were old and they were childless. And, one day,

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World-Ending Hope (Sermon for December 2, 2018)

It is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a strange season. On the one hand, we’re looking forward to Christmas. In the church, we decorate the building, we make cookies for people who can’t be with us regularly, we prepare for the children’s Christmas program, we sing a handful of carols, and we give

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Where Are You From? (Sermon for November 25, 2018)

Where are you from? It’s one of those questions that seems important… and it’s a question that’s worth pondering on this Sunday after Thanksgiving. Just a few days ago, you might have thought about the old story. A group of people from across the sea, our Congregationalist ancestors, arrived on this continent. They met the

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Nothing Standing Between You (Sermon for November 18, 2018)

I’ve told you this before: before I was your pastor, I worked for Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. In fact, I worked for the Mission when I was ordained. And not long after I was ordained, something amazing happened. I was visiting the Mission—I spent most of my time working from my home here

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The Seeds They Planted (Sermon for November 11, 2018)

Today is All Souls’ Sunday. It’s a day when we remember those who have gone before us. We’ll take some time to read their names and ring a chime and light a candle for them. And, if we have a photo of them, we’ll show that, too. And, as part of that, you’ll see a

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