Sermons tagged with ‘Anglican Liturgies’

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Fifth Sunday of Lent: 4/7/2019

Lent 5 Yr C

Ruth protected Candace from a tripping fall on a broken sidewalk hidden in the sand. Her elbow took the full force, protecting Candace from the impact of the fall. She had a deep scar for years. What an example of instinct – motivated by love.

Extravagant Love shows itself all around us in life; and it transforms life when it happens.

Fourth Sunday of Lent: 3/31/2019

Lent 4 Yr C

David in Psalm 32: Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven.Paul in Cor: “From now on… there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” Christ offers us new life.Jesus: tells of the disrespectful, arrogant, wayward son who comes home, forgiven.This rich Gospel story is called the parable of the prodigal son; but it has a lot to say about the older son, and certainly about the father. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were muttering about Jesus, because he welcomed sinners and ate with them.  They thought that he was doing a bad job of being a teacher. He was hanging out with the wrong crowd; he was socializing with bad people.

Third Sunday of Lent: 3/24/2019

Lent 3 Yr C

Moses saw the burning bush that was not consumed. God was sending him to Pharoah to set free the people of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Moses knew the power of Pharaoh, and the great danger he would be flirting with by taking on this assignment. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” But God assured him that he would not be alone. God would give him what he needed.

Pentecost 20B: 10/7/2018 – 8:00 am

Pentecost 20B

The Pharisees kept trying to trap Jesus. They were the experts in Jewish law, and they kept trying to either show that Jesus didn’t know the law (which they were never able to do), or to get him to take a side in some controversial issue that would polarize his followers, making them fall away from him. In this hot topic of divorce, they failed again to recognize who they were dealing with.

The Pharisees brought up the legal controversy over divorce. But Jesus changed the conversation to something even more important. For him, the issue was not human law, but rather God’s intention.

Pentecost 19B: 9/30/2018

Pentecost 19B

From the Book of Numbers, Joshua wanted Moses to stop Eldad and Medad from prophesying, because they missed the prayer meeting. How dare they speak the Word of God!! But somehow God overlooked their absence, and shared His Spirit with them anyways.

In the Gospel lesson last week, Jesus’ disciples were arguing over who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus expected their time with him to change them from the inside out; to transform them. But their sights were on being the exclusive club who would sit with Jesus in the heavenly realm.

Fifth Sunday in Lent; 3/18/2018

5 Lent

After the Israelites escaped Egypt, God isolated them from all the other nations. He gave them the Ten Commandments as a physical sign of the covenant that was now in place with God. But Israel lacked the resolve to keep the covenant. God led them for 40 years through the wilderness, (a very long route for the distance they really had to travel – have you seen a map of their route?). They were taken away from distractions to build community, to live into their relationship with each other and with God. Still they lacked the commitment to stay to the task.