Adventures with Large Stones! (Sermon, Nov. 18, 2018)

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it),

This past week was our last Markan reading for a while, as we will some be moving into Advent and a new church year. This is the apocalyptic section of Mark, and this reading has caused many people a lot of strife over the years.  Jesus seems to offer signs of the end of the world, but as far as signs go, t hey aren’t very clear and later He says that no one can know the hour.  So, what is this story really about if it isn’t about “the end?”

Note: I have some coughing fits during the sermon.  The dry air from the church boiler was getting to me.  I did not have time to edit it out (what with the baby and holiday), so think of it as if you are really there!

Text: Mark 13:1-8

Sermon, Proper 28, Year B, Nov. 18, 2018

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Financial Planning! (Sermon Nov. 11, 2018)

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the very late post.  A look behind the curtain: at home I have a MacBook Pro and that is where I prepare my videos and edit if needed.  At work, I have a PC that is pretty bare bones, so I need to get my videos ready at home.  The problem is, at home is my almost 10 month son!  He comes first, so often the sermon posting comes last, it is a fact of life.  But I have some free time right now, so I will have 2 posts!

This text is the so-called story of the “Widow’s Mite.”  The widow is often held up as a positive example of giving, but she is anything but.  Take a listen:

Text: Mark 12:38-44

Sermon, Proper 27, Year B, Nov. 11, 2018

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Love! (Sermon, Nov. 4, 2018)

Hello Friends!

This week’s story from Mark gives us the Greatest Commandment!  (Yes, commandment’s have a hierarchy.)  In this week’s sermon, I try to give you some context, which isn’t new, but this time it is context about the Gospel of Mark itself, as nothing is produced in a vacuum.  Take a listen:

Text: Mark 12:28-34

Sermon, Proper 26, Year B, Nov. 4, 2018

Soon it will be Thanksgiving and then the Christmas run begins!  Don’t forget Advent.  If you are in my neighborhood, please come to our Community Interfaith Thanksgiving service.  Neighbors of all different faiths and denominations come together to give thanks, and eat yummy pot luck food.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Faith! (Sermon, Oct. 28, 2018)

Hi Everyone!

This week’s lesson is a famous one with the healing of Bartimeaus, the blind beggar.  This is a great story, not because of the healing, but because it shows us Bart as an example of faith and how to follow Jesus.  Meet Jesus, be transformed, go out and follow Him.

Take a listen:

Sermon, Proper 25, Year B, Oct. 28, 2018

Text: Mark 10:46-52

Don’t forget that this Sunday, Nov. 4th, Daylight Savings Time ends (or starts?).  Either way, if you live in certain parts of the US, you need to turn your clocks back 1 hour!  You wouldn’t want to be an hour early to church would you?

Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with 2 Sermons at Once! (Oct. 14th and Oct. 21st)

Hello Friends!

Oh man, I missed a whole week!  Sorry about that.  I always say that my baby is sick, well he was sick, but in a twist, I got sick as well!  So I had an ear infection last week and didn’t post my sermon.  So here we have 2 sermons, once from Oct. 14th and one from Oct. 21st.

Sermon, Proper 23, Year B, October 14, 2018

Text: Mark 10:17-31


Sermon, Proper 24, Year B, October 21, 2018

Text: Mark 10:35-45 


Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with St. Francis!

Hello Friends,

You may have noticed that I have not posted a sermon this week, that is because I did not preach this week!  Instead, we had a guest, the Rev. Canon Martha Hubbard who is the new Regional Canon for the Northern and Western Regions in our Diocese.  This is a new position which covers parish transitions, congregational development, and clergy support.  (Phew, what a title.)  Rev. Martha is visiting all the parishes in the region one by one (and we were first!).

Anyway, also on Oct. 7th, we celebrated St. Francis by blessing the pets, and it was a great day for it!  Many dogs came and got blessed, as well as photos or cats and even a fish!  Below are some photos and here is a link to St. Francis’ Wikipedia page.  I’ll be back next week with a fresh sermon for you!

-Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Stumbling Blocks! (Sermon, Sept 30, 2018)

Hello Friends!

This week we continue in Mark, but the story is chopped up so much that we need to go back a bit to last week in order to get the whole story.  That is the problem with the Lectionary.  Sometimes it chops things up in a strange way.  Luckily, we can always go back and clarify.  Mark loves to make a point by sticking a seemingly unrelated text in the middle of two related texts.  That is what we have here….

Text: Mark 9:38-50

Sermon, Proper 21, Year B, Sept. 30, 2018

This week we have a quest preacher, but it is the Blessing of the Pets in honor of St. Francis, so stay tuned!

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lauren

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