“Oh, The Places You’ll Go” May 21, 2017

At this time of year inspirational books are a popular gift for those who are graduating. When I completed my Bachelor’s degree and graduated from college in 1991, I was given the book Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, by Dr. Seuss. Maybe you’ve given this book as a gift, maybe you have one on your […]

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Jesus the Carpenter May 14, 2017

We all know that Jesus was a carpenter – right? And so as a carpenter he would have known about building things. And many of you do as well. There are among you carpenters, electricians, plumbers; those of you that work with your hands making things, repairing things. Maybe building furniture, or renovating a house […]

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sermon 3rd easter 2017

Any Cubs fans here?  How often, after a disappointing season have you said – ’we had hoped‘?    ‘…we had hoped…’  The lament of all Cubs fans the world over…! Until last year that is…  and then the hope was realized. How often have you said those words at times other than the end of […]

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2nd easter 2017

It’s now Sunday evening – the 2 Mary’s had done what the angels had told them to do and had gone into town to tell the disciples that they had seen Jesus.  And I can just imagine the confusion and disbelief of the men in that room, for of course these hysterical women can’t be […]

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easter 2017

It’s Friday evening – the sun has gone down and Sabbath has begun.   The strange events of that day are still on everyone’s mind.  But it is the Sabbath after all and so they go through  the motions and do what is required.  And they wait.  Mary of Magdala and the other Mary – […]

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1 sermon 5th lent 2017

 Have you ever experienced a dark time in your life?  A time of emotional or physical or spiritual despair?  Have you ever experienced a time of feeling  ‘less than’, maybe feeling outcast or alone, maybe a time of hopelessness or maybe anger at God for not doing what you asked for?  Maybe it was a […]

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1 sermon 3rd lent march 19 2017

This story that we just heard is a big story – numerous characters, a lot of dialogue, a complex geographical and social history behind it.  This story is a hard one to preach because of its complexity.  It is also a very familiar story – we think we know it because we’ve heard it so […]

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1 sermon mid week lent Baptism

Have you ever been to the headwaters of the Mississippi at Itasca State Park in Minnesota?   An easy to follow path leads hikers to the place where the mighty Mississippi begins.  It’s a beautiful place. But if you did not know what you were looking at you would have no idea that this is […]

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sermon ash wednesday 2107

There are many Lenten disciplines and practices that people have participated in over the years which usually involve giving up something enjoyable – like chocolate or coffee or McDonalds. Or maybe it is doing more; maybe doing more volunteer work,  or increasing their offerings – or maybe spending more time in prayer and meditation or […]

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1 sermon transfiguration 2017

“Transfiguration is the art of changing the form and appearance of an object and the vanishing of objects.  This magical art is governed by Gamps Law of Elemental Transfiguration, which acknowledges the limits to the power of this branch of magic. Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry devotes an entire section of their curriculum to […]

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