Sermons Archive

April 6, 2014

The Rev. David Minnick
Apr 6 2014

                I doubt very much if Tennyson had recently read the prophecies of Ezekiel when he proclaimed his infamous words of encouragement in the midst of loss—“Tis better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.”

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March 30, 2014

The Rev. David Minnick
Mar 30 2014

Several events of recent weeks which haunt us all led me to give thought to how Jesus has responded to questions about evil and suffering in the world.  The mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian airliner, on what appeared to be a routine flight, is an event likely to cause us all heartache and grief.   It is hard not to picture ourselves possibly being on such a flight.   And the tragedy last weekend in Washington state, of a mudslide destroying a town, an example of the suffering and tragedy caused by our...

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March 9, 2014

The Rev. David Minnick
Mar 9 2014

          I’d like to begin today where we left off the last time we were together.  By that, I don’t mean last Sunday morning when many gathered here to hear Pastor Clare speak of the thin places in our world and heart.  No, I mean where we left on Wednesday night, Ash Wednesday, when many of us gathered here to begin the season of Lent together. 

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Thin and Thick...

The Rev. Clare Robert
Mar 2 2014

There are places on earth which are considered to be sites of particular holiness, places where God seems more present than usual, where heaven seems to meet earth and the divine is made manifest to humans.  Each religion claims its territory:  the Hindus bathe in the Ganges; the Buddhists sit near the Bodhi tree in Bodgya where Gautama was enlightened.  Jews find the mountain of Sinai, also called Horeb to be a place of divine encounter.

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A Third Way

The Rev. Clare Robert
Feb 23 2014

The passages we have just heard from the gospel of Matthew are some of the most challenging in the New Testament.  Love your enemy, turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, give your inner garment as well as your cloak.  Challenging because we know, immediately,  that they go against all our basic instincts. Challenging also because we know that we do not live up to them. As we hear them we feel our selves condemned for falling short, or we feel that these words are so unrealistic, that we dismiss them.
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February 2, 2014

The Rev. David Minnick
Feb 2 2014

          For fans of musical theatre, there is no moment quite like the one when house lights lower, the audience gets quiet, you hear the tap of the conductor’s baton, and the orchestra begins to play the overture.   A spirit of anticipation quickly races through the audience, as for the first time, one hears some of the melodies that will be heard again that night, lengthened and expanded, during the show.

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January 26, 2014

The Rev. David Minnick
Jan 26 2014

            Once upon a time, there was a portion of seacoast known for its fierce waves and hidden boulders.  It was a beautiful, but dangerous beach and on the sand dunes was built a primitive little life guard station, a place for those who ventured out into the surf to save others, to stay between rescue calls.  The volunteers who staffed the station were a dedicated bunch who faithfully went out in their small lifeboat whenever necessary to save those in need.   Over time, this...

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January 19, 2014

The Rev. David Minnick
Jan 19 2014

          January has been for many over the centuries a time of introspection.   It is a month that begins for some with a determination to live life differently, live life better, so often motivated by New Year’s resolutions that many people make.  The word January is inspired by the Greek god Janus, the two faced god who could both look to the past and to the future at the same time.

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On Baptism

The Rev. Clare Robert
Jan 12 2014

Let us join together in prayer:  May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight O God, and may we continue to come to know, the one in whom you are well pleased, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Gifts

The Rev. Clare Robert
Jan 5 2014

  Let us join together in prayer:  May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight O God, and may we receive this year, the gifts you would have us experience, as we come to know the one who has called us closer to you, through his birth and epiphany among us.  Amen

 

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