Sermons

Women in the Church, Mothers’ Day: Pentecost

Women in the Church, Mothers’ Day: Pentecost

It is Pentecost and Mothers’ Day, a good time to remind ourselves we are in the middle of the biggest revolution of all time. It sometimes pits one half of the world’s population against the other. Thank God it is a bloodless. Of course, I am speaking of women’s liberation. It is only in the […]

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Emmanuel: Fourth of July

Emmanuel: Fourth of July

It is the Fourth of July, the day our nation sets aside to remember the birth of our freedom in 1776. The celebration has always been associated with the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. We often forget this document is primarily a long list of reasons why we were separating ourselves from the British […]

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The Hallelujah Chorus: Proper 4

The Hallelujah Chorus: Proper 4

St. John never wrote a birth story. Instead he celebrates God becoming human by singing the first Christmas carol. His song claims that this birth overcomes the darkness of this world and enables us to become children of God. Repeatedly, he says it makes available grace upon grace. In many ways grace is Christianity’s gift […]

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Sunbury Marching Band: Palm Sunday

Sunbury Marching Band: Palm Sunday

It’s hard to believe Jesus’ disciples can praise him as God’s Messiah, shouting, “Holy, Holy, Holy. Hosanna to the Son of David” on Palm Sunday and then abandon him on Thursday night. It seems impossible that the crowd can cry, “Bless is he who comes in the name of the Lord” on Palm Sunday and […]

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God Eats With His People: Proper 13

God Eats With His People: Proper 13

For several years my parish trained first year field workers for the seminary. They usually sent us their most difficult students. One of those was Heikki Ausiku, a pastor from Namibia. You might remember South Africa controlled this Lutheran nation, forcing apartheid on its population. Heikki was sent to the seminary to learn English, so […]

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The Impossible Dream, Fathers’ Day: Proper 6

The Impossible Dream, Fathers’ Day: Proper 6

Jesus’ name for God was so important the Bible keeps the original Aramaic word: “Abba”, “Abba”, an intimate form of “father.” Suddenly every father becomes a model for God- either a good model or a bad one. Faith Ann learned that the hard way fifty years ago at Church camp. Because she was our best […]

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Reformation Sunday

Reformation Sunday

We Lutherans set this Sunday aside to celebrate our roots. We remember from where we came, so we can understand better who we are. We do that this year mindful of the recent Pew Foundation report that indictaed 20% of Americans now claim they have no religious affiliation. These “Nones” are predominately young people and […]

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Heaven on Earth: Easter 6C

Heaven on Earth: Easter 6C

This is “Come Dream With Us” Sunday at Trinity. The congregation is meeting to share their dreams about the future. All three lessons include visions of what is to come. It’s a good time to remember how important dreaming is. Real creativity comes when we let ourselves go and use our imaginations to picture what […]

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Shhh!  Jesus Steps Out of the Tomb: Easter 2C

Shhh! Jesus Steps Out of the Tomb: Easter 2C

If Matthew, Mark, and Luke thought Peter’s confession was central to the Gospel proclamation, John believed Thomas’ confession was even more important. He originally ended his Gospel with the colossal, “My Lord and my God.” This was the most far reaching confession in the Bible, perhaps the first time anyone proclaimed Jesus divine. Yet we […]

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Wise Men Search for the Baby: Epiphany

Wise Men Search for the Baby: Epiphany

Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth on Epiphany. Their equivalent of our Christmas Eve service sometimes involves the Wise Men’s search for the baby Jesus. In the dark of the night very tall, very black monks dress as the Magi. They then go through the village, stopping at every hut, knocking at every door. Very […]

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