sermons

Risky Questions

October 25, 2015, based on Mark 10:46-52 Father Benjamin Thomas Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Some of you have probably heard the story of how I decided to marry my lovely wife Holly, but for those who have not, the story goes like this:  When I was…

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Pavlov’s Miracle

July 26, 2015, based on 2 Kings 4: 42-44, Psalm 145, John 6:1-21 Fr. Benjamin Thomas The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord, and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and fillest all things living with plenteousness. During the last decade of the 19th century, a Russian…

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Growing Up

Third Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2015, based on 1 John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36-48 Fr. Benjamin Thomas “Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.” “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In my experience, small children are always delighted to answer this question, and…

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A “Crowded” Resurrection

Easter, April 5, 2015, based on Mark 16:1-8 Fr. Benjamin Thomas At the beginning of the service, when I said “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” I noticed your replies were a little hesitant. Since not all of you came to practice last night at the Easter Vigil, I’ll chalk it up to lack of practice. So,…

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Receiving Our Inheritance

March 15, 2015, based on Ephesians 2:1-10 and John 3:14-21 Fr. Matthew Kemp It has been called the “bootstrap theory,” and it is the fundamental premise of the American dream.  It states that if anyone, however humble their origins, works hard enough and manages their money responsibly enough, they will be able to pull themselves…

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What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?

March 1, 2015, based on Romans 4:13-25 and Mark 8:31-38 Fr. Matthew Kemp In the late 1960s a small town in Washington state held a contest to determine who was the “best Christian” in their community.  The award was finally given to one Mr. Miller, the owner of a local dry goods store.  Mr. Miller…

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We’re All in This Together

October 26, 2014, based on Leviticus Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1; and Matthew 22:34-46 Matthew Kemp, Director of Christian Education and Outreach Ever since my first introduction to it in fourth grade, I have enjoyed the stories of Greek mythology.  One of my favorites is the story of the Trojan War.  A key episode of…

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Freedom through Surrender

July 6, 2014, based on Romans 7:15-25a Matthew Kemp, Director of Christian Education and Outreach “I just can’t help myself.”  How often have we heard–or made–that excuse!  Whether it is about another piece of cake, a joke or comment at someone else’s expense, or the purchase of some desired but unneeded accessory, we are surprisingly…

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A Cause Worth Dying For

June 22, 2014, based on Matthew 10:24-39 Matthew Kemp, Director of Christian Education and Outreach I can only speak for myself, but I have long enjoyed a good war movie. Not so much for the violence per se, but more for the general presentation of the predicament of the characters. A group of people, often…

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A Prayer for All Seasons

May 11, 2014, based on Acts 2:42-47 Fr. Benjamin Thomas William Reed Huntington once observed that “When the disciples came to Jesus begging him that he would teach them how to pray, he gave them, not twelve several forms, though doubtless James’s special needs differed from John’s and Simon’s from Jude’s—he gave them, not twelve,…

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