Sermons from 2016

Joy to the World: A Christmas Day Meditation

The little boy had been waiting forever. He couldn’t quite imagine what was coming as his mom kept getting bigger and bigger and his dad and mom moved new furniture into the spare room. “You’re going to have a baby brother,” they regularly reminded him. “You’re going to be a great big brother,” they affirmed. […]

Christmas Eve Meditation – The Light of the World

When I was seven years old, I thought that Christmas wouldn’t come. You see all my life, we had spent Christmas Eve at home, and every year on Christmas morning, we would be greeted with presents under the tree. But this year would be different. We would be heading to Los Angeles to spend Christmas […]

Mothers and Sons

Luke 1:46-55 Matthew 11:2-11 In the rabbinical tradition, there is a type of literature known as “midrash.” As they read scripture, the rabbis recognized that holy words create as many questions as answers and leave much unsaid. They believed that scripture was a living document, sacred yet evolving over time to respond to new situations […]

An Impossible Possibility – Advent 2

Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 Advent is the season of impossible possibilities. It is the season of waiting for something beyond belief. Something we cannot imagine, but whose coming will change everything. The hope for a miracle to transform our world is still alive just as it was in the days when Caesar Augustus ruled, and […]

Abundance Enough for All

John 6:1-14 Every so often, I pack our grandchildren’s lunches for school. Little boys can get hungry, and so we pack cheese sticks, sunflower butter and jam sandwiches, little carrots, cut up apples, a cookie, and a thermos of water. And, when we pick up the boys in the afternoon, every last item has been […]

New Creation in a Dangerous World

Isaiah 65:17-25 Luke 21:5-19 At first glance, what a strange combination of scriptures we have in this week’s lectionary readings. We have, first, from Isaiah words of hope and transformation – God is doing a new thing and a glorious new world is on the horizon. And, then we have words attributed to Jesus about […]

Reformation Sunday

Psalm 46 Romans 3:21-24 Mark 10:46-52 When my son was in kindergarten, now over thirty years ago, we often read the Choose Your Own Adventure stories. Do you remember those books? Before high tech computer programs, we would spend hours reading books that involved making choices. Each page involved a choice that would shape a […]

Patience with God

Genesis 32:22-31 Luke 18:1-18 Years ago, I taught a course at Georgetown University called “The Problem of God.” A requirement for first year students, the course was a “problem” to many of them: it challenged their faith as they reflected on why bad things happen to good people, the relationship of Christianity and other religions, […]

The Healing We Need is Right Where We Are

2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15 Luke 17:11-19  Author Susan Sontag asserts that each person has citizenship in two countries – the land of the healthy and the land of the sick. According to Sontag, “Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later, each of us is obliged, for at least a […]

Ubuntu on Cape Cod

Luke 16:19-31 Has anyone ever heard the word “ubuntu?” It’s a word from South Africa that became popular in the days of apartheid, especially when it was used by one of the great spiritual leaders of our time, Bishop Desmond Tutu. Basically, it means “I am me because of you.” Or as Bishop Tutu says […]