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Writing a Sermon Between the Tears of Rejoicing and Tears of Sorrow

Proper 8B, 2015  (Readings Here)
The Water is Wide...

Last Sunday...
Last Sunday was a Sunday of lamentation in a time of lamentation.  
Last Sunday, we heard the lamenting of people crying out for the body of Christ to wake up, to wake up, and proclaim peace in the midst of the storm of bigotry and hatred.
Last Sunday, the waves threatened to overwhelm our small boat in the vast sea.
This Sunday, the cries are still there. And, the storm still blows.  
But, this Sunday we’ve seen the power of the healing that happens when the people wake up and ARE the body of Christ.
This Sunday, we’ve seen a flag that divided us torn down.
This Sunday, we’ve rung the raucous bells of this very tower in jubilation.
This Sunday, we’ve seen further evidence that the mercy of God is not earned, but granted.  
Marriage. Love. Rejoicing. 
Murder. Threats. Sorrow.
Tears of joy and tears of sorrow mingling on our cheeks.
And, the words of the apostle Paul emerge as truth, we ARE the “sorrowful yet always …

Because of Zion: A Sermon and Litany for the Fallen

Pentecost +4
Scripture for this week can be read here (I suggest reading the Gospel prior to reading this sermon)
There is a children’s story that many of you probably know...”going on a bear hunt”, and all week the refrain from that story has been with me. “There’s no way over it, no way under it, oh no, we've got to go through it...”
From one side of the sea to the other...no way over, no way under, no way around...just through.  In a boat, on a journey, to the other side.  
The youth and adults who departed for pilgrimage can surely relate to this notion of the journey to the next place.  As they waited for the megabus on Friday morning (the first leg of their trek to Ireland) I can imagine that many of them wished there were some way to JUST get there--without the exhaustion and work and anxiety of the journey. 
And, having experienced the intentional and ongoing work of formation that accompanies the ordination process, I can imagine there were times when Dan wondered if he w…

Embracing the Uncertain, Trinity Sunday 2015

The Scripture appointed for Trinity Sunday is here
Admitting That to Know Would Be Heresy
This year, in my Good Friday sermon, I explored the foretaste of resurrection which I found in the midst of the Passion.  From the Gospel of John,  “After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Judeans, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” From this short passage, I…