God is calling out to you right now to see yourselves as God sees you, as beloved children of the living God, anointed in your own baptisms and called to witness at a moment like this — when once again violent powers seek to erase the history of our land and remake it in their image. In this moment, we are not waiting for anyone who has not already been sent. You and I, baptized into the death and resurrection of the only messiah we need, are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Texts: Isaiah 50:4-9a + Philippians 2:5-11 + John 12:20-43 On a morning when so much has already been different than usual — the earlier start time (ahem!), the blessing of the palm branches, the gathering with our neighbors — I feel obligated to share with you one more way that we’ve departed from the usual … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, April 13, 2014: Palm Sunday
Texts: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 • Psalm 126 • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 • John 1:6-8, 19-28 Help me out here for a minute. We’re going to play a game of free-association. When I say “John the Baptist” what comes to your mind? (The assembly is invited and encouraged to call out words, phrases and images … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, December 11, 2011: Third Sunday of Advent: “New and Improved–Batteries Included”