18A, When Sin is the Place Where Jesus Shows Up

The scripture appointed can be found here
2, 3, Jesus
Most of us know what it feels like to be alone in the world.
The first night after the break-up. The first night after leaving home. The first weeks, months or even years in a new city. Watching the news after everyone else has gone to bed. Endless scrolling in the middle of the night.
Feeling far away, even when close by.
Many of us know what it feels like to be alone in the world.
In this world that seems so, so, big—and us who seem so, so, small.
And, so, on this day. When the news once again overwhelms and so many of us feel uncertain about what is and what is to come.
I long to know that I am not alone.
That I am not the only one frightened; that I am not the only one anxious; that I am not the only one saddened by this world we are in.
And, that in this place and this time, I can turn to this gathered community as a place where I don’t have to go it alone. I can turn to this community, and the God to whom we give praise, fo…


The text appointed for 17A can be found here. At St. Clement's this year we are using Track 2. 
The Summons
Recently, a woman in my neighborhood posted an article on-line describing a violent hate crime with the following introduction to her post,
“Oh My God. This is so scary I'm shaking after reading it. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this person claimed to be a Christian too. Absolutely despicable…” 
Despicable. Delusional. Mean. Narrow-minded. Judgmental.
These are the words that appear at the top of the google search feed when you type in the search term “Christians are…”
And, at the bottom of that first page of results? An article titled, “Survey Finds Most American Christians are Actually Heretics”.
No wonder so many of us feel like we need to issue a disclaimer if we claim our Christian identity amongst our secular world friends and colleagues.
I’m a Christian, but…
We live in a world in which a wide range of individuals claim Christian identity for themselve…

15A, Liberators and Prophets (and I don't mean Jesus)

The scripture appointed for today can be found here

Today we're going to travel back in time. Back to July 20th when the church remembered Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Amelia Bloomer; Sojourner Truth; and Harriet Ross Tubman.
In the introduction to their biographies, in Holy Men and Holy Women, they are described as women “who in the nineteenth century blazed the trail for equal rights and human dignity for all people regardless of race or gender. All four were deeply religious Christians who acted out of response to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the teaching of Paul that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female.”
They are described in the Church as liberators and prophets.
(four different women in the congregation declaimed these from the pews)
"Elizabeth Cady Stanton led in the organization of America’s first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. She was a dynamic speaker and traveled throughout the nation speaking wherever she could against t…