Release the Alleluia!

If you were a fan of the movie The Clash of the Titans, you might remember one of the meme-worthy lines, “Release the Kracken!”  With those words the legendary squid like beast was unleashed upon the vulnerable sailors and ships within the vicinity of this powerful monster.  With much less fanfare, and with no sailors…

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153 Questions?

New Day Sermon Third Sunday Of Easter In the three-fold question Jesus asks Peter … “Do you love me?” … we find ourselves being called to answer. What does it mean to be a modern day apostle in a complicated world. Sometimes the questions themselves, embody the answers we seek.

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Words of Power

TRADITIONAL SERMON — EASTER 2 Words have power.  Even in a world like ours where words are vomited across every single communication platform that exists in far greater volume than ever before.  Amazingly, our regular misuse of our words has not diminished their inherent potency.  If I say something like “TOM!” … I immediately have…

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April Fools!

Traditional Sermon Easter Sunday What a day!  We gather on what is inarguably the greatest day of the Christian year.  Our world gets all hot and bothered about Christmas.  But for the Christian, Easter is the day that matters. Our opening hymn this morning trumpeted the Easyer message from the empty tomb:         Jesus Christ is…

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Ashes to Ashes ….

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL EASTER 5 Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Lord bless him and keep him. The Lord makes his face shine on her and be gracious to her. The Lord look upon him with favor and give her peace.  (LBW Burial of the Dead liturgy) I read these words three times this…

You Are Never Far From Home

Easter 5 Traditional Sermon Grace, peace, and the reconciliation found in love to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. First of all let me wish all the mothers in the room a Happy Mother’s Day.  The relationship between a child and their mother is unlike any other.  Sometimes that relationship is strong and…

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The Tale of the Three Trees

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Easter SUNDAY He is not here; for he has been raised.  (Matthew 28:6)       [Please enjoy this classic anonymous folktale, The Tale of the Three Trees.  It is offered as an Easter devotion.] Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they…