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William Barter – September 10, 2017

Ever wish you could get a second chance? Well, take heart – there’s a web site with some suggestions.  WWW.mydearvalentine.com has quotes from actual greeting cards and suggestions for asking for a second chance for someone you may have offended or hurt in some way. Here are a few of them, and they are very…

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William Barter – Easter 4 – Year A, 2017

Podcast Version: DVT_A002_170506_2148.MP3 Good Shepherd I’m going to show you a quote, and I want you to tell me who said it. I will just say that these words were spoken on the 30th anniversary of the Civil Rights march on Selma, Alabama. “Those days were filled with passionate convictions and a magnified sense of…

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William Barter – Easter Sermon – April 16, 2017

She supposed he was the gardener? Audio version of the sermon: DVT_B003_170415_2248.MP3 My mother loved tomatoes. Actually, to put it more accurately, she was obsessed with tomatoes. According to my parents, when mom was pregnant with me and my twin, her insatiable craving was for tomatoes. At all hours of the night she would have…

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William Barter – Lent 5 – Year A, 2017

Lazarus: The Essential Bit-Part Actor I don’t know how many of you are fans of criminal dramas on TV, but most people are familiar with the Law and Order series. There is one part in just about every episode of Law and Order that strikes me as kind of funny, but when you think about…

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William Barter – Lent Four – Year A, 2017

Making light out of mud? There are obviously so many directions one can take with this lengthy miracle story from John’s Gospel.) Today I like to focus on three basic points.  First of all, when we look at the epic social failures that surround this gospel story and the man born blind, we take from…

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William Barter – Lent Two – Year A, 2017

“Nicodemus Evolves” To say that John’s gospel is filled with light and darkness images would be the greatest understatement one could make. And here, once again, we see the light/dark imagery. This time, the dark provides safety to Nicodemus, a leader of the Pharisees who does not want to be detected as he approaches Jesus….

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William Barter – Lent One – Year A, 2017

Poor banished children of Eve! A former Roman Catholic priest, raised by a Catholic mother and a United Methodist father, now a Lutheran pastor, former executive of the Maine Council of churches, and on loan to the Episcopalians as the “priest-in-charge” at Trinity church of Lewiston. One could say that this community may have hit…

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William Barter – Fifth Sunday in Epiphany – February 5, 2017

Today’s sermon. You can listen to the audio version at the link below, or read the text of the sermon below the audio link.   In my first or maybe second week of volunteering in the Jubilee Center, I was approached by a man who spoke French and very little English. He had in his…

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William Barter – 4th Sunday in Epiphany – January 29, 2017

Available in audio podcast and written text (below) Today we hear the first of four consecutive installments from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel.  In Matthew, the Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ first public act of ministry. Unlike the water jars at Cana in John and the healing of the demonic in…

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William Barter – Christmas Sermon – 2016

  On Babies, vulnerability, and the call to intimacy with Jesus.     Click here for the audio podcast of the sermon The Greek god Zeus had a habit of disguising himself as humans and animals. Most of the time, it was for his own pleasure and manipulation of humans. The Gods who appear as…

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