Adventures with Discussion! (Sermon, Aug. 5, 2018)

Hello Friends!

We are in to week 2 of the “Bread of Life Discourse” and we enter into the explanation period.  Jesus has just done a huge sign (the feeding of the 5,000+) and then disappeared.  The people are understandably confused by this.  Where did this Jesus go?  Is he coming back?  What just happened?

Text: John 6:24-35

Sermon, Proper 13, Year B, August 5, 2018

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Bread, Part 1! (Sermon, July 29, 2018)

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This week kicked off a 5 week series of readings from the Gospel of John all about bread!  Well, not really about bread per se, but bread is a major theme.  The series kicks off with the miracle (or sign if you are John) of the feeding of the 5,000 plus people.  This is certainly a great sign involving bread, but what is it really about?

Text: John 6:1-21

Sermon, Proper 12, Year B, July 29, 2018

If you can spare some prayers for my little guy this week, he is 6 months old and has his first ear infection (maybe some prayers for mom and dad too!)

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Deserted Places! (Sermon, July 22, 2018)

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I apologize again for the late posting, life has a way of delaying things sometimes.  If you want to hear the sermons on Monday, you can subscribe directly to my YouTube channel, here.

This week the disciples return from their mission to reconnect, talk, decompress, etc.  Jesus invites them to rest in a deserted place.  Of course, they get no rest because people follow them.  Why is rest important?  What is total rest versus just not working (but still being extremely busy)?  Why do we need deserted places for reflection?

Text: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Sermon, Proper 11, Year B, July 22, 2018

Next week, we hop into the Gospel of John for 5 weeks about the bread of life.  But, is it REALLY about bread? (hint: no, it isn’t).

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Interludes! (Sermon, July 15, 2018)

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Sorry for the late post, life gets in the way sometimes, especially when life includes a 6 month old.  This week in Mark we hear the story of how John the Baptist was beheaded.  This story is quite long (for Mark) and Jesus doesn’t appear at all.  It is a flashback, but also a preview, it is an interlude to show the passage of time, it is a lot of things!  Take a listen:

Text: Mark 6:14-29

Sermon, Proper 10, Year B, July 15, 2018

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Rev. Lauren

 

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Adventures with Striving! (Sermon, July 8, 2018)

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Today’s lesson from Mark finds Jesus going back to his hometown and getting a chilly reception (to say the least).  It seems that the hometown crowd just can’t see past the image of Jesus that they had in their minds from his carpenter days.  Why do we do that?  Why do we hold on to old ideas and impressions of people instead of looking at their current lives?

Sermon, Proper 9, Year B, July 8, 2018

Text: Mark 6:1-13

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Desperation! (Sermon, July 1, 2018)

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Wow, July has arrived in a strong manner with this terrible heat wave we are having.  I hope that you all are staying cool and hydrated.  Our church has A/C, so come on down, Sundays 8am and 10am.

Today’s tale features 2 very famous healing stories, but the healing isn’t the focus of the story.  There are so many different approaches to this excerpt, it is hard to narrow things down.  As my preaching teacher, the late, beloved Mo. Mittes, used to tell us, you have to choose 1 or 2 points to make, you can’t cover all the theology you have learned in 1 sermon.  She was a very wise woman.

Anyway, what does it mean to be healed?  To be made well?  To be so desperate that you will do ANYTHING for help?  Take a listen:

Text: Mark 5:21-43

Sermon, Proper 8, Year B, July 1, 2018

You may have heard that the General Convention of the Episcopal Church starts this week.  This is the once every three years meeting of representatives from all around the globe getting together for fellowship and to decide on policies, etc.  If you are interested, you can follow the action here.

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Napping! (Sermon June 24, 2018)

Hello Friends,

I love naps!  (Especially when my baby takes one.)  I think that is why I named this post after naps, even though that isn’t really what the sermon/text is about. I like the idea that Jesus gets tired and decides to snooze, it makes me happy.  Here, Jesus stills the storm and the disciples are afraid.  They are afraid before the storm is stilled, but also after.  Why is that?  What scares them?

Text: Mark 4:35-41

Sermon, Proper 7, Year B, June 24, 2018

If you missed Bishop Gates’ message reading the separation of immigrant families, you can read it here.  It offers national and also local ways that we can help families stay together.

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Rev. Lauren

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