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Take Another Look: Easter Sunday

Click here to watch the sermon. John 20:1-18 There is always great controversy among biblical scholars and theologians about the Easter story. According to traditionalists, Christianity demands that we believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Such a belief is, they say, a core tenet of the faith. For others the only requirement is that we believe in the spiritual resurrection […]

Julian of Norwich: All Shall Be Well

Click here to watch the sermon. Mark 11:1-11 and Mark 14:1-11 Denominations and individual preachers vary on their approach to this day.  For some it has always been and will always be Palm Sunday, and that’s all.  But many others are now calling it Palm [slash] Passion Sunday.  In the “good old days” when church was the center of communal life, […]

Teresa of Avila: Witty Lover of God

Click here to watch the video. 1 John 4: She was born Teresa Ali Fatim Corella Sanchez de Capeda y Ahumada in Avila, Spain.   We know her as Teresa of Avila or Teresa of Jesus.  When she was seven years old, she convinced her older brother that they should run away and “go off to the land of the Moors […]

Marguerite d’Oingt

Click here to watch the sermon. Jeremiah 31:31-34 The reason we are able to have this Lenten study on the mystics is simple but important: they all told their stories. They felt compelled to tell others what they had seen, heard, or experienced. “There were basically two motivations for writing—to tell one’s own spiritual history and to teach others about God. […]

Gertrude the Great

Click here to watch the sermon. Romans 8:37-39 When women were first allowed to enter into a monastic life, it represented great freedom. Societal expectations on women were very clear and very limited. “A woman’s convent provided an escape from male domination. . . . It gave women personal power and prestige; offered a political role as abbess or prioress; and […]

Christina of Markyate: Visionary Truth

Click here to watch the sermon. Acts 11:1-17 The woman we call Christina of Markyate was born in 1096 into a wealthy merchant family.  She was originally named Theodora.  We know much about her because she was revered enough to have a vita written about her.  It is technically a biography rather than an autobiography, since it was written by others, […]

Hildegard of Bingen: Our Greening God

Click here to watch the sermon. Isaiah 58:8-11 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. […]

What About Me?

Click here to watch the sermon. Mark 9:2-9 I was one of the twelve. The twelve. Jesus’ disciples. Some days I still can’t believe I was that lucky—or blessed, I guess I should say.  Of all the people he could have chosen, he chose me!  Of course, I do have to take a little credit because at least I was smart […]

Drilling Holes for Freedom

By the Rev. Marvin M. Ellison, Ph.D. Watch the sermon here. Mark 1:14-20 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw […]

Unclean Spirits

Watch the sermon here. Mark 1:21-28 I don’t usually use long quotes of other people’s writings in my sermons.  I’m pretty picky about my sermons being original.  But this writer tells the story so effectively, with such natural comparisons to our own context, that I want to share it almost in its entirety.  The author begins: It was the […]

Let It Shine

Sermon by Skyler Keiter Click here to watch the sermon. Psalm 139:1-3, 13-18 Do you have a passage of scripture that makes you feel as if God is speaking directly to you? Or maybe it’s not scripture, but a poem, song, or place that fills you with such awe that you cannot help but gasp in wonder at the divine beauty […]

A Torn Sky, A Broken World

Watch the sermon here.   Mark 1:4-11 The story of Jesus’ baptism is told or at least referenced in all four Gospels, but this one is my favorite.  The Gospel of Mark is not usually my favorite.  The writing is abrupt, terse at times, often lacking in detail.  But this story—oh, this time the writer gets it right! We […]

Rewriting the Story

Watch the sermon here. Matthew 2:1-12 Selective attention is the process by which our brain determines what is important for our senses to notice.  At any given moment, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of things vying for our attention through our senses.  Our brains are amazingly adept at helping us notice only those things we need to notice. Of […]

Are You Sure, God?

Watch the video here. Luke 2:22-40 This beautiful passage from Luke’s Gospel begins with what seems like a simple fulfillment of what is expected. Mary and Joseph are required by the law of Moses to present their firstborn child to God and offer an appropriate sacrifice–in their case, the sacrifice due for a poor family, a pair of turtle-doves […]

Surprise Party

Watch the sermon here. My grandmother did not like surprises. She ordered her world through tight control.  Any surprise, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could cause a seismic shift.  Nobody else might feel it, but she had a seismograph heart. She was not a woman you shouted “Boo!” at.  Surprises weren’t safe.  (And neither were you if you threw […]

Surprised by Dreams

https://youtu.be/Ji_ASCNrjmc Matthew 1:18-25 I’ve always been fascinated by dreams.  Like most people, I’ve had scary dreams and embarrassing dreams             and flying dreams which are far too rare.  On the flip side, I’d be fine if I never had another dream about showing up on Sunday morning without a sermon.  I don’t seem to remember my […]

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