“Waiting for the Resurrection” by Tomás Rodríguez

August 18, 2019

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Thank you very much for the invitation to give this sermon. Initially I was wondering, who am I to give the sermon? With the reluctance of those of us who know we are unworthy, I said to myself, “If they trust me to do so, there will be some reason from God.” And when I read today’s readings, I realized that I have something important to say, at least to myself. My family is a witness that I am too shy to talk about the things of God, and they have always complained to me about that.

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“Do Not Worry and Stay Alert” by Elizabeth Gelfeld

August 11, 2019

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Saint Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who provided shelter for thousands of Jews in his friary and was an active voice against the Nazi violence. He was arrested by the German Gestapo and imprisoned at Auschwitz. When a fellow prisoner escaped from the camp, the Nazis selected ten other prisoners to be killed in reprisal. As they were lined up to die, one began to cry, “My wife! My children! I will never see them again!” At this, Maximilian stepped forward and asked to die in his place. His request was granted, and he led the other men in song and prayer as they awaited their deaths.…

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“Recognize Your Rank and Use it for All” by Ron Kraybill

August 4, 2019

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

The Bible readings for today give us a compelling vision for what we could be:

  • the Jewish prophet tells us that the Holy One is, ultimately, about compassion, warmth, and tenderness, and brings the people of Israel home, regardless to their sins.
  • Jesus says that material prosperity and success are not the purpose of existence.
  • Paul calls us to a new humanity where the old divisions fall away.

We long to be that new humanity. Yet we all know how fleeting are the moments when we experience oneness with others.So what blocks us from being that which we long to be?

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“50th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing and Memories of My Father: What Will the Church be in 100 Years” by Cynthia Dahlin

July 28, 2019

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Good Morning.  It’s the middle of summer, lots of us on vacation, so this sermon is taking advantage of the summer mood—it will be a little off beat.

How many of you remember the night 50 years ago when Armstrong walked on the moon?  Do you remember the mood of the country?  Anything was possible.  The future would be so wonderful and different.  I went to Disney World 30 years ago, and I still remember the futuristic scenes of flying space cars and people movers everywhere.    Now, when you use your imagination, what do you think the world will be like 50 years from now? 

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“Doing What is Right: Civil Rights and Civil Responsibilities” by Peter Bankson

July 21, 2019

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

We seem to be living through some pretty tough times. The ever-deepening drama downtown is raising the volume of fear and anger at many levels. From the interpersonal to the international, we’re learning to expect disrespect. It hurts!

Anne Lamott reminds us in our reflection for this season that “hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.” It feels to me like we’re in a dark night of the soul. Some days it’s a real challenge to “wait and watch and work” in the dark.

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