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Sermon: The Sunday of the Resurrection

5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn’t want to go in alone. “It’s dark in there and I’m scared.” She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, “It’s OK–Jesus will…

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Sermon: Great Vigil

Not a sermon, but a sermonette… One of my favorite stories of the Desert Fathers – those men who lived in the deserts of North Africa during the 300s and dedicated their lives to God – tells of the time Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said to him, ‘Abba as far as…

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Sermon: Holy Saturday

Bishop Jack Nicholls, the Bishop of Sheffield, once asked a sixth grade girl where she thought Jesus was between Good Friday and Easter. She replied, after she had thought a little, ‘I think he was in deepest hell looking for his friend Judas.’ Something to think about, but where is Jesus in this present darkness?…

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Sermon: Good Friday

And God held in his hand a small globe. Look, he said. The son looked. Far off, as through water, he saw a scorched land of fierce color. The light burned there, crusted buildings cast their shadows a bright serpent, a river uncoiled itself, radiant with slime. On a bare hill a bare tree saddened…

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Sermon: Community Good Friday Service

A popular monk in the Middle Ages, revered by all the townspeople, was known for his godliness and his love. One morning He said, This evening at vespers I’m going to preach on the love of God. The townspeople were excited. As the sun began to set, the people gathered at the great cathedral. They…

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Sermon: Maundy Thursday

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil…

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Sermon: Wednesday in Holy Week

A riddle for you. See if you know the answer: “It cannot be seen, cannot be felt, Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt, It lies behind stars and under hills, And empty holes it fills, It comes first and follows after, Ends life, kills laughter.” Bilbo Baggins, in The Hobbit, knew the answer: Dark. Bad…

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Sermon: Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday RCL B

Charlie Brown is sitting under a tree talking to Peppermint Patty, who asks him, “What do you think security is, Chuck?” His answer: “Security is sleeping on the back seat of the car when you’re a little kid, and you’ve been somewhere with your mom and dad, and it’s night, and you’re riding home in…