a sermon that doesn’t really matter

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23, Psalm 49:1-12 , Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21  | This week is the one major time in our three year cycle of bible readings that we get to read from the book of Ecclesiastes. (It also comes up on the festival of New Year’s Eve, but would you believe not a lot of people spend their New Year’s Eve at church.)...

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ashes are the opposite of tombstones

Ash Wednesday | Texts: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 | This night is kind of a lot. It’s a time to return to God with all our hearts, says the prophet Joel. It is a time to lament together, which really means telling the truth about ourselves and our lives.

a sermon on groaning

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Genesis 29:15-28, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 |There’s something about breathing together with other humans that sort of reorients me to my own body, to my sense of presence, to my connection with God. The very first sentence of today’s reading from Romans reads, “We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words”...