Category Archives: Sermons

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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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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A Sermon for Those who Travel in the Dark

Psalm 25:1-10 “I lay open my whole life to you.” This is one translation of the beginning of today’s psalm. “I lay open my whole life to you, trusting you O Holy One.” The words struck me when I read them this week. It sounds a bit daunting, our lives are full and nuanced. How […]
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Simplicity

Mark 10:46-52 “in light of each day’s questions, I am never prepared. Today, again, I have nothing to offer but a handful of old prayers, worn down by relentless abrasion of doubt, and a fragment of dream that plays on in my head only half-remembered. Still, the doves coo and circle through the pines as […]
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Puzzles

Scripture: Mark 10:35-45 I have been pondering the poem “The Place Where We Are Right” this week by Yehuda Amichai. This is the poem: “From the place where we are right flowers will never grow in the spring. The place where we are right is hard and trampled like a yard. But doubts and loves […]
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The Bread of Life

John 6:24-36 Hungry and desperate, the people press in on Jesus from all sides. I have a bread, Jesus tells them, that will always fill you up and satisfy you. Their mind hovers on these words: I have a bread that will fill you up. After all, this is a people, who know what it […]
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Grace Is Our Backstory

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The Scripture today tells us: The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.  They had been on the road for days. Teaching. Telling the story of Jesus. Telling how their lives had been changed. Telling how they had just been out there in the tedium […]
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A Few Gems

James 3:17 Mark 6:1-13 It gleamed in the sunlight. Clear and radiant, the emerald was set in a simple gold ring. “That’s beautiful,” I said to my mother. “Oh, I got in the Smoky Mountains,” she replied, “There is a place where you can buy pails of dirt and sift for gems. If you find […]
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