Sermons from December 2015

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Rachel’s Tears

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The legend of Jesus Christ is the legend of love. Legends are true in the most important way. Jesus Christ who breaks the bond of sin is a story that is very true. I define sin as the inability or the unwillingness to love, and sometimes it is hard to tell between the two, that is inability or unwillingness. If sin is the failure to love, then breaking the bond of sin is breaking the barriers to love.

Order for Christmas Eve 2015 (11 pm)

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FOR REFLECTION When Joseph was an old man, an old man was he He married Virgin Mary, the Queen of Galilee And one day as they went walking, all in the garden green There were berries and cherries as thick as may be seen Then Mary said to Joseph, so meek and so mild “Joseph, […]

Baby Jesus

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In Luke, the good news of the birth of Augustus and Roman Imperial Theology is turned on its head. The language that belonged to Caesar inscribed on imperial coins and stone temples, “the savior who brings peace to the world,” is applied to Jesus whose birth announcement is given to shepherds, the bottom of the economic, social, and political ladder. The choice is clear. Does peace come through war and victory or through non-violence and justice? Which god will we serve? Which god will save us? For whom will you vote, Jesus or Caesar? That is the scandal of Christmas: we will find peace through justice not victory in war.

I Will Light Candles

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The biblical authors tell one another to weep in front of the Lord. I think it is an ancient way of making lamentation a sacred act—a holy act. It is a way to express our love for the lost and it is done through grief. It is done openly.

Pregnant With God

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In both Hebrew and Arabic the root word for womb is Rechem in Hebrew or Raham in Arabic. It is the same as that for compassion. The compassion a mother has for her child is womb-love. Mercy, compassion, a name for God.

Disappearing

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Continuing the series based on Eric Elnes’ book, Gifts of the Dark Wood, we explore the gift of disappearing. The text is Jesus disappearing into the crowd after they try to throw him off of a cliff.