Adventures with Extra Oil (or underwear)! (Sermon, Nov. 12, 2017)

Hello Friends!

This week we hear the familiar, yet complex, parable of the 10 bridesmaids.  I am always reminded of a funny video a friend of mine made for this parable back in seminary (shout out to Fr. Tim!), but that video, while amusing, didn’t help with the sermon.  5 bridesmaids are “foolish” and 5 are “wise” but why?  What is this parable all about and how does it relate to our 2018 Pledge Drive?  If you have wondered all of these things, please take a listen:

Matthew 25:1-13

Sermon, Proper 27, Year A, Nov. 12, 2017

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

The Susan Hylen article I quote can be found here.

The Photo from the video can be found here.

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Adventures with Hypocrisy! (Sermon, Nov. 5, 2017)

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We’re back, with a brand new sermon to boot!  Most churches celebrated All Saints’ Day on Nov. 5th (transferred from Nov. 1st).  I chose not to do that, I am not big into transferring feasts, but in talking with colleagues, it seems that I am one of the few who opted out of All Saints’.  Oh well.  Because of All Saints’ this part of Matthew is not often heard in the pews, but it is a very important narrative and one that is very relevant to present times.

Matthew 23:1-12

Sermon, Proper 26, Year A, Nov. 5, 2017

To borrow a phrase (screen shot) from one of my favorite new TV shows, “The Good Place”

(credit to spoliertv.com)

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with the Greatest Commandment (Sermon rewind Oct. 29, 2017)

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It has been a while since I posted, no, nothing bad has happened.  I was on vacation, then my parish started it’s 2018 Pledge Drive which has featured 3 weeks of guests.  We had a great guest preacher on Oct. 15th, then a fabulous lay preacher on the 22nd, and finally a group of witness talks on the 29th.  So, I haven’t been preaching in a which.

But, i preached on this week’s text 3 years ago, so here is the sermon from 2014 in lieu of something new.  I am back “on” next Sunday, Nov. 5th!  So here it is:

Text: Matthew 22:34-46

Sermon, Proper 25, Year A, Oct. 26, 2014

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Authority (Sermon, Oct. 1, 2017)

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This week, Jesus talked about authority, who has it, and why.  Also, we hear another great parable about 2 brothers.  Authority/power is a complicated topic, especially these days.  How do we get power?  The better question is, how do we use it?

Matthew 21:23-32

Sermon-Proper 21-Year A-Oct. 1, 2017

I am on vacation this week, back on the 15th with another sermon.

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Generosity! (Sermon, Sept. 24, 2017)

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This week we had another great parable in Matthew.  This one is about a landowner hiring workers for the vineyard and ends with the workers crying “that’s not fair!”  Well, thank God it isn’t fair, it is generous…take a listen:

Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon, Proper 20, Year A, Sept. 24, 2017

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Forgiveness (Sermon, Sept. 17, 2017)

Hello Friends,

Sorry for the late post.  There is no reason for it, I just forgot.  Forgive me!  This story’s main theme is forgiveness and how the grace/forgiveness of God has no bounds.  Easy right?  Well….

Matthew 18:21-35

Sermon, Proper 19, Year A, Sept. 17, 2017

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures in Directness! (Sermon, Sept. 10, 2017)

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This week we get one of Jesus’ rare teachings where he directly tells us what to do.  I know, wow.  No parables or riddles, just instructions, yet, we still don’t follow them.  In the end, it is all about forgiveness, and forgiveness is a very hard thing (more about that next week), but the road to forgiveness always starts with communication.  Take a listen:

Text: Matthew 18:15-20

Sermon, Proper 18, Year A, Sept. 10, 2017

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-Rev. Lauren

 

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