Sermons

“Just Us Chickens?”

January 15, 2017: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. You know, about a year ago I mentioned that the great comedienne, Lilly Tomlin, once said “I’ve always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.”[1] I think most of us have felt…

“Who, What, and I Don’t Know”

January 8, 2016: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. Today we celebrate Epiphany.  The feast of the Epiphany is Janurary 6th, so we are celebrating it today.  And it is this feast day that ends our Christmastide – our twelve days of Christmas.  So, as I said at…

“A People Walking In Darkness”

November 13, 2016: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. What a week this has been.  No matter who you may have voted for, no one can deny that a sea change has taken place – and it is one that has brought fear, hatred, bigotry, and violence to…

“What Glad Tidings Did You Hear?”

Christmas Eve, 2016: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard. Amen. I love Christmas, the sights, the carols, and all the festive joy. But most of all – the story – this story heard all around the world tonight – the story of our faith. My favorite moments are when…

“Dead As A Door Nail”

December 4, 2016: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. I love this time of year – Advent.  I love it for the simplicity in a time of busyness; for the expectancy that it brings; for the joyful gatherings of friends and family…and I admit… for all the Christmas…

“The Advent Surprise”

[Our guest preacher was Natalie Marionneaux, our seminarian from Drew University, who is currently discerning ordination to the diaconate in the United Methodist Church.  Natalie is from Baton Rouge, LA] November 27, 2016: In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. This is our first Sunday of Advent. What is Advent?…

“It’s The 3am Phone Call”

November 20, 2016: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. For some, this is a day called Christ the King Sunday, but the truth is, that is not a title he would have ever claimed.  As we heard in the Gospel, it was a title given to him by…

“The Ones Who Keep On Going”

November 6, 2016 – All Saints: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. There is a Peanuts cartoon where Lucy tells Charlie Brown, “I have examined my life and found it to be without flaw. Therefore, I’m going to hold a ceremony and present myself with a medal. I…

“Back From The Future”

October 30, 2016: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. I loved the 1985 movie “Back to the Future.”  It features a teenager, Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, who ends up changing the present circumstances of his life for the better, when he accidentally ends up in…