Sermons & Newsletter Articles

Christmas Decorating (with a dash of Jewish)

Joel and I have always decorated for the holidays. Things made years ago by our children, some heirloom ornaments he inherited (I inherited none), some of those vintage bubbler candles and tin and paper ornaments, and some things we bought together. But there were also some things I had kept from before my conversion...

Shepherds and Kings

Year B Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Psalm 95:1-7a Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46 May the words of my mouth…  O God…  speak your Truth… It’s Advent 3…  and we wait…  and it’s Christ the King Sunday…  but in its present form…  we haven’t been waiting for too long…  we’ve been celebrating Advent for more than fifteen...

Only the Gospel Matters

Year B Zephaniah 1:7,12-18 Psalm 90:1-8,12 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30 May the words of my mouth… O God… speak your Truth… It’s Advent… and we wait… we wait for the long list of issues which continue to… stress… us… out… to end… the pandemic… rising infection rates and death tolls… when a vaccine...

Waiting on Cusps and Litmus Tests

Year B Amos 5:18-24 Psalm 70 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 25:1-13 May the words of my mouth… O God… speak your Truth… It’s Advent… and we wait… the word advent means that we wait for the arrival of a notable person or thing… but what do we wait for… do we wait for things...

Thanksgrieving

When my daughter was young, her mother and I made a conscious effort to name and model the widest range of emotions (energy-in-motion) that we could for her. Her mother and I often named how we ourselves were feeling when we spoke to each other. And we asked how the other person felt. We...