TagRepentance

Lent 3 Sunday Preview

So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on…

Repentance Made Visible

“It only takes a spark, to get a fire going.”  Pass It On, Kurt Kaiser, composer It is late in the evening, minutes shy of midnight, and two dozen of us are gathered in front of the old stone fireplace.  We hear some words of Scripture and offer up some prayers to God … we…

Follow Me!

Traditional sermon Epiphany 3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). Have any of you ever thought about just dropping everything and starting life anew? I’m not talking about being given the chance to go back in time to start all over and…

Third Sunday After Epiphany Preview

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he…

The Christmas Tree Man

advent 2 traditional worship His house is far out.   Farther out than you can imagine anyone living.  It’s small and clean and white.  Most summers it’s cool; most winters it’s warm.  It is a good house for a man alone.  The man himself is a small man and skinny.  He has never married.  He has…

Advent 2 Preview

At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. Whether he baptized with a sea shell or dunked the baptized in the river Jordon, John acts as prophet and preparer of the way. His actions guide us today just as they did 2,000…

The Commandments Call To Us

Email Devotion Pentecost 26 Praise the Lord!  Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments.  (Psalm 112:1, NRSV) I find myself thinking about the Ten Commandments, as I consider the first few days in our country following our recent election.  I find myself thinking about the 8th Commandment (You shall…

The Sin Box

Email Devotion Pentecost 23   ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector.  (Luke 18:10)   I was a denizen of Starbucks for most of Friday.  I was down in Wilmington, Delaware officiating at a wedding later that evening, and had checked out of my hotel…

Homecoming

Email Devotion Pentecost 17 But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and…