Adventures with Poor Thomas! (Sermon April 23, 2017)

Hello Friends!

This week we hear a story from John about so called “Doubting” Thomas.  I think Thomas gets a bad rep.  Doubt is essential to faith, not the opposite, we all need to question things sometimes.  Also, we baptized twins at the service, and Thomas was called “the Twin,” coincidence?

Text: John 20:19-31

Sermon, Easter 2, Year A, April 23, 2017

We are off to clergy conference today, and I promise some fun pictures with Fr. Kenny!

~Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Resurrection! (Sermon, Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017)

Hello Friends!

Happy Easter!  We have travelled through Lent and made it to Easter, but don’t treat it like it is the end of something.  It is only the beginning!  The resurrection on Easter is the beginning of our mission in the world.  Resurrection is change, change is good and inevitable, even it is is a bit scary.  Take a listen:

Matthew 28:1-10, Sermon, Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures in Bethany! (Sermon, April 2, 2017)

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the late post, I have been preparing for Holy Week (it is next week, can you believe it?), and the week has kind of run away from me.  I love Holy Week, the services are so different and quiet and somber, just great.  I am really excited to go through Holy Week and Easter at my new parish.

Anyway, the story from April 2nd was the resurrection of Lazarus, brother to Martha and Mary of Bethany.  Take a listen:

John 11:1-45, Sermon, Lent 5, Year A, April 2, 2017

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures in Making Mud! (Sermon, March 26, 2017)

Hello Friends!

This past Sunday was Lent 4, and we heard the story about how Jesus made the man born blind, see (John 9:1-41).  It was also Laetare Sunday, aka Rejoice Sunday, aka Mothering Sunday, aka Respite Sunday.  Laetare means “to rejoice” and this Sunday is meant as a little respite for pilgrims during Lent.  Traditionally, we would change from purple vestments to rose (let’s just call it pink, because it is pink), in order to brighten things up.  At St. Anne’s we do not have rose colored vestments, but Fr. Kenny does!

Eat your heart out Molly Ringwald….

The only other day to wear rose is on the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Laudaute Sunday), that is where the pictures of Kenny come from.

Anyway, here is the sermon for this week.  Where does illness come from the disciples ask?  (HINT: not sin or God, that’s for sure.)

John 9:1-41, Sermon, Lent 4, Year A, March 26, 2017

Thanks for stopping by!

-Rev. Lauren

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Adventures at the Well! (Sermon, March 19, 2017)

Hello Friends!

Now we have passed the 3rd Sunday in Lent, how many of you are still keeping your Lenten devotions?  So far, I am, amazingly!  Anyway, this week’s story from John (4:5-42) is familiar, and loooooong.  I applaud my crucifers for holding the cross high during the whole reading.  Here Jesus meets the Samaritan women at the well and talks to her.  What happens next (or what doesn’t happen)?  Take a listen:

Click through to YouTube, text John 4:5-42

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with John 3:16! (Sermon, March 12, 2017)

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the late posting, this week just ran away from me, and we had a snow day!

March 12th was the 2nd Sunday in Lent and featured a reading that contains 2 very popular “bumper sticker” phrases.  But, we warned, taking Scripture out of context can cause harm, remember that nothing ever happens in a vacuum, take a listen (click through to YouTube):

John 3:1-17 – Sermon, Lent 3, Year A, March 12, 2017

Thanks for stopping by, I hope everyone has a safe St. Patrick’s Day on Friday!

Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures in the Desert! (sermon March 5, 2017)

Hello Everyone!

March 5th was the First Sunday of Lent.  I love Lent, it gets a bad rap as a depressing time, but it really isn’t.  It is a time to rededicate yourself to Christ through prayer, learning, and yes, fasting.  It doesn’t have to be a depressing time, it can be an enriching time.  Also, purple is my favorite color, so I love the vestments, ha!

The story for the first Sunday is always the same, Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.  The tempter comes and urges Jesus to make bread from stones, to jump off a cliff, and to take power over all the nations.  What is at stake here is not only what it seems on the surface, resisting temptation.  This is a story about power and identity, and how we choose to use it.  Take a listen:

Matthew 4:1-11, click here to listen on YouTube

Don’t forget that March 12th is Daylight Savings Time!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

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