Tag Archives: Sermons

Helpless

The Story of this Sermon About 18 months ago, one of our church members, Mary Hill, “bought” the right to select the topic of a sermon from me at the church Auction. Usually when someone does this, they have a topic in … Continue reading

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#Blessed

I was in my second year of seminary when I learned how to pray. It wasn’t in a class, or a field placement – technically I learned prayer in those official places. But the real lesson happened at home.  One night.  My children … Continue reading

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What Comes Next

Reading – from Alain de Botton’s 2016 essay, “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person”   It’s one of the things we are most afraid might happen to us. We go to great lengths to avoid it. And yet we do it … Continue reading

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Step Zero

Story: Two Monks and a Woman  Homily – for the New Year: Step Zero (co-written by Kristen Psaki)  Here’s what I’ve always wondered, about that story.  When the older monk asks the younger monk that question, about why he was still … Continue reading

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(Don’t) Be Afraid – Christmas Eve Homily 2018

We live in times where fear is a regular part of life.  People often feel afraid  – sometimes very afraid. For themselves, for their future – for their children, for our earth, and for our world.   It’s why I’ve been … Continue reading

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Hope that Breathes

Reading from Vaclav Havel  Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Either we have hope or we don’t.  It is not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation. Hope is not prognostication. It is an … Continue reading

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Factions We Love

Reading: from Resistance by Barry Lopez [Sometimes I dimly recall the days] when I felt, like many others, that my life served no purpose. Do you remember any such days? It was as though we all lived in tunnels then, … Continue reading

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