Category Archives: Sermons

Sermon: The Only Thing

John 1:29-42 “The only thing is love; Everything else is advertising.” That is a benediction said each week at a church in Cape Cod. I have been pondering its meaning this week: “The only thing is love; Everything else is advertising.” It seems an apt quote in light of the Scripture this week, where Jesus […]
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Gifts of Love

Matthew 3:13-17 Before I begin, I want to share with you the poem “Last Fragment” by Raymond Carver, “And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.” Whoa. To feel myself beloved. Isn’t that […]
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Sermon: The Meaning of Christmas

A Christmas Eve Sermon This year is the 300th anniversary of the writing of “Joy to the World”. I have been trying hard, all week, to write a sermon for you on that carol, but it kept eluding me. Joy for some reason felt out of reach. This December, I listened to the Christmas songs […]
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Standing in the Need of Prayer

Luke 18:9-14 “How is it with your soul?” A trusted advisor asks this question of Rozella Haydee White1 , a thirty-something Black woman in ministry. The words catch White off-guard. She takes a deep breath. “How is it with my soul?” She repeats back, “I don’t know that anyone has ever asked me that question. […]
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Caverns of Mercy

Luke 18:1-8 They have given up. Today’s story features a exhausted, worn-out judge who has given up on God and humanity. Disheartened, they have closed up shop, extinguished the lights and refuse now to open the door. Knock, knock. “Do not disturb me!” They bellow. And yet, despite their loud protest, the disturbance continues: Knock, […]
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Sermon: The Crevice

Jeremiah 23:23-29 Luke 12:49-56 What do you see when you look at this photo? What do you notice about the light, and the shadows? — Fear sweeps over me as I navigate myself through the jagged fissure in this cliff. This rock rift is a well-known attraction in the Hudson Valley, known as the Crevice, […]
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Walk in Beauty

John 20:1-18 Walk in beauty. I heard that phrase this week, and have been wondering what it means. How do we walk in beauty? Most importantly: How do we walk in beauty when we feel like giving up? I have been thinking about this painting this week. Do you know what it is of? … […]
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Ash Wednesday Meditation

Isaiah 58:1-12 I have been doing an unofficial sermon series on my colleague’s, Brother Anthony Zuba’s, song, “After the Summons.” Tonight, I want to share with you one last verse. In his song, Zuba writes, “Many years I trod until I heard you call my name Many voices and I thought that yours was just […]
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The Holy Valley

Scripture: Luke 9:28-43a With the rainy, cloudy days of winter, I have been thinking of the Beatles’ lyrics: Here comes the sun. That has been my prayer as of late: Come out, sun. The song continues: “It’s been a long cold lonely winter”. Have you known what it is to experience a long, cold winter? […]
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Sermon: Holy Adventure

Luke 3:1-6 ADVENTURE, a poem by the Reverend Timothy Haut. Sun, rise on this day like a flower unfolding to loveliness, or to surprise. Let there be a twist in the old path, where a new view may startle me with joy. Help the child in me skip with expectation, ready for an adventure of […]
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