Thoughts

Sermons, essays, first-person reports, thanks, requests and other bylined items reflecting the day-to-day workings of life in a parish community

Sermon – Good Friday

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – Maundy Thursday

Lessons You can read the scripture for Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018 here. Exodus 12:1-14 1st Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Back in 1979, I had the enormous blessing and privilege of going on a study abroad program during my junior year in high school. I lived for a year in Rennes, France, staying with …  [ More → ]

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March 31: The Mystery of Our Journey

I am writing this reflection in early January, in the middle of a snowstorm. We are still celebrating Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, and the feast of the Epiphany is coming up- the arrival of the wise ones led by a star from far away, bringing strange gifts for a newborn: gold symbolizing royalty, frankincense for …  [ More → ]

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March 30: What Is Truth?

When I was a child, maybe seven or so, I was in court. The judge asked me if I knew what a lie was and I answered calmly, with absolute certainty, “Yes. It’s a mortal sin.” He asked the question several times and I began to wonder, with some impatience, if he knew something I …  [ More → ]

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March 29: Vulnerability With God

Today, Maundy Thursday, is by far my favorite service of the year. The way we replicate the act of having our feet washed, the stripping of the altar, and the setting of the reserve sacrament in the side chapel for the overnight watch takes place. It is a service that I feel closest to what …  [ More → ]

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March 28: Unanswered Question

The first three scriptures appear to have conflict as the common thread. Isaiah 50:8 sums it up with an aggressive tone of confrontation (“Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me”), while Psalm 70 asserts that those who seek my life will be shamed and …  [ More → ]

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March 27: A Grain of Truth

“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 “While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” After Jesus had said this, he …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – Palm Sunday 2018

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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March 26: Bringing Forth Justice

Over the years I have seen the struggle for maintaining social safety nets and I have personally wrestled with my own responsibilities to those in need around me. Time and again I have heard “Christians” say we shouldn’t bother with safety nets or food programs because “Jesus says, ‘You always have the poor with you.”One …  [ More → ]

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March 24: Love Each Other

The social activist and “Servant of God” Dorothy Day wrote, “We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love we must know each other. We know Him in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any [ More → ]

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