5th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 5.19 “Who’s My Neighbor?” Luke 10:25-37     So I know how often you’ve heard me lament going to pastor’s conferences. Well, this week the two vicars and I were at a conference with other pastors. And I want to tell you: it was… excellent! I

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4th Sunday after Pentecost – Vicar Steffen

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, 2019 Berett Steffen                 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Jesus says these words to the seventy men he sent out as his

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3rd Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 3.19 “The .7 Percent Solution” 1 Kings 19:9-21; Luke 9:51-62     Our Gospel lesson really speaks to me today. Loudly. As a messenger of Christ myself, I can relate to James and John. Like them, I’m sent ahead to prepare people for Jesus’ Arrival. But

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2nd Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 2.19 “Unsought, Found” Is. 65:1, Luke 8:26-39     Our Old Testament reading puts us in a rather strange situation that, at first, can seem quite confusing: God says “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who

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Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday “An Inside Joke” Prov. 8:22, John 8:48-59     Do you ever wonder where we get our Scripture readings for Sundays? Did you think I just pick them on a whim, maybe? Well, I don’t. Small “c” catholic churches (Rome, Lutherans, Anglicans, Eastern Orthodox, a smattering

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Pentecost

S. Day of Pentecost.19 “Awkward Age” John 14:23-31     “Arise, let us go from here…” Jesus says, last line of our Gospel, favorite of mine—which, for me, sums up the Day of Pentecost beautifully…     His line brings to mind one of my favorite memories of Pastor

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6th Sunday of Easter – Vicar Steffen

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 2019 Berett Steffen                 Stories like the one in our Gospel Reading usually get preached in one of two ways. Way number one: if you believe in Jesus hard enough, he will heal you of any and all afflictions here

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5th Sunday of Easter

S. Easter 5.19 “Good News/Bad News Pt. II” John 16:12-22     This morning’s Gospel is really part II of the “Good News/Bad News” paradox of Christianity we began last week. “Is being a Christian a sorrowful or a joyful thing?” “Yes! You totally get it!” “Uh, no,

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4th Sunday of Easter Good Shepherd Sunday

. Easter 4.19 “No One Can Snatch Them… But Plenty Will Try!” John 10:22-30/Acts 20:17-35             There’s a line in a Laurie Anderson “song” that goes: “You know what I really like about the stars? It’s that we can’t hurt them. We can’t burn them, or melt

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