Between What Is And What Could Be – A Sermon On Isaiah 5:1-7

Isaiah describes how God dug a vineyard, cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines. Then God built a watchtower in the midst of the vineyard and hewed out a wine vat in it. And now God want to know, “What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it?” God “expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.” (Isaiah 5:1-7)

How can that be? That God wouldn’t or couldn’t get what God expects or wants doesn’t fit with many of the images and concepts we have of who God is and how God is. Continue reading Between What Is And What Could Be – A Sermon On Isaiah 5:1-7

A Prayer And A Pledge For The 2020 Presidential Election

The following liturgy and pledge were prepared after a conversation the vestry (the parish’s governing body) had about how we want to be toward one another in the time leading up to the 2020 presidential election and afterwards. The liturgy incorporates a theme expressed in my sermon, We Are Nineveh. The vestry and clergy of St. Philip’s are taking the pledge and inviting others to … Continue reading A Prayer And A Pledge For The 2020 Presidential Election

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Advent in America: Politics and Baptism – A Sermon on Matthew 24:36-44 for Advent 1A

The First Sunday of Advent – Matthew 24:36-44 Many are saying that the world has changed and that it changed on November the 8th with the election of Mr. Trump as our next president. Some are excited and hopeful about this change. They’ve waited a long time for this day. Others are terrified and dismayed about the change. They never wanted to see this day … Continue reading Advent in America: Politics and Baptism – A Sermon on Matthew 24:36-44 for Advent 1A

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A Post-Election Prayer for America

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect. Grant that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Save us from violence, discord, and … Continue reading A Post-Election Prayer for America

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Let’s Not Add to the Pain of the World – An All Saints Sermon on Luke 6:20-31

All Saints’ Sunday – Luke 6:20-31 I’m a bit anxious about today’s sermon. I know what I want to talk about and I have a few ideas about what I will say, but I am not sure how it will be heard or received. Given what’s happening in our country today it feels like a risky topic. I want to talk with you today about … Continue reading Let’s Not Add to the Pain of the World – An All Saints Sermon on Luke 6:20-31