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Regard for Suffering

“We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and move in light of what they suffer.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This quote reminds me everyday of Christ’s compassion and consideration for all parties, which is why it hangs where I must see it.

For Being Good

New Day Sermon advent 1 With a story by Cynthia Rylant entitled “For Being Good”, as the foundation of the sermon, we explore our relationships and how Jesus always invites us to strive for greater depth and connection with those we love.

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Not Your Grandma’s Church

Nancy and I spent the past weekend with our son Justin and his wife Megan at their home in Frederick.  Come Sunday morning, Justin and I decided to try and surprise our former vicar Matthew Beers at one of the churches he serves in Thurmont, Maryland.  We drove up for the 8AM service and were…

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Are We Sometimes Like the Tenants in the Vineyard?

TRADITIONAL SERMON       PENTECOST 18 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). The parable in our gospel reading Matthew today is also found in Mark and Luke. The parable is known either as the Parable of the Vineyard or the Parable…

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God Has Faith in You

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL EASTER 6 What is faith?  I knew faith when I was very little.  Faith was what my mother felt toward me.  I knew her faith in me, I lived in the joy of her faith.  My faith was a response to hers; it was not separate from that of my mother.  Father carried…

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Where Does Your Faith Grow?

The Rite of Confirmation has been around a long time.  Over the years it has been characterized by white and red robes … the examination of confirmands in front of the congregation … lofty talk about becoming “members” of the congregation (even though we have always become members of the church through baptism) … gifts…

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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When Jesus Met Sally

Lent 3 Traditional Sermon Grace, peace, and love to you all from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who desires nothing more than to be in relationship with you all and for all of you to be in relationship with each other.  Amen Relationships are the materials from which we construct our world.  Relationships are…