Sermon Blog

William Barter – Pentecost 20, Oct 2, 2016 – Of Mustard Seeds and Slaves

Click HERE to listen to audio of the sermon. Text: Luke 17:5-10 The scripture scholar Markus Barth used to tell his students, “If you can’t find the Word in the text, it isn’t the text’s fault. Dig deeper.”  How deeply do we need to dig to understand the mustard seed exhortation and the slave imagery…

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Klara Tammany – Pentecost 19, 9/25/16 – There is Room at the Table

Note:  This was a difficut text and we had good discussion of it after church after which I made a small edit in the text to clarify what was intended (in bold near the end). Thanks expecially to Tom Tracy for the insignts and cautions about the problems with dualistic thinking in the story.  Comments…

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William Barter – Pentecost 13, 08/14/2016 – About Being on Fire

Gospel Text: Luke 12:49-56 (NRSV) Click HERE for audio Jesus the Cause of Division 49JESUS SAID “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think that I…

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William Barter – Pentecost 17, 9/11/16 – The Value of the Lost

Gospel Text: Luke 15:1-10 Lost Sheep, Lost Coin Click HERE for Audio You may have heard of this. There is a prankster in California who goes by the name of “obvious plant”. His claim to fame is that he goes around and replaces placards and signs with satire that reflects his comedic genius. He recently…

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Jane Costlow – 6/19/16

Labyrinths and our “ordinary” world For me this Sunday is framed beautifully by two of our scripture readings:  My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? – which is the beginning of the Psalm we read just a few minutes ago – and the extraordinary, visionary words of Paul’s letter to the Galatians:  There…

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Greg Boardman – On Music

I am coming to understand life’s journey to be the ongoing bridging of certain alienations we seem born into: alienation from God, from Nature, from Others, and from ourselves. I see Music, which is my principal door of perception and engagement in this world, as a gift from God to assist me and others in…

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Peg Hoffman – 9/9/12

Sustaining and Sharing a Faithful Relationship with God Good morning, I hope my words this morning will be a helpful weaving together of thoughts about our Gospel reading, some reflections on my work during the week, and some sharing of my own spiritual journey. So in the Gospel passage, Jesus has traveled away from his Israelite…

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Nicola Chin – 4/15/12

 “Precious oil on the head” Jesus lives. Jesus is Lord. And that’s not all – he has brought us the Holy Spirit. Like precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard (or chin as the case may be) this is the truth, the GOOD NEWS that will be unfolding for us over the…

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Jane Costlow – 6/14/15

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head….

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Ben Chin – 7/15/12

King Richard III, V, 3, 180-198: …Soft, I did but dream. O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me?The lights burn blue. It is not dead midnight. Cold, fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh. What? Do I fear myself? There’s none else by. Richard loves Richard, that is, I am I. Is there a…

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