Sermons from November 2018

Sermons from November 2018

Christ the King (Last Sunday after Pentecost)

Christ the King And Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this, I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. I still remember the first time I heard Christ referred to as “King.”  I was actually a teenager and had been invited to attend a prayer meeting in Palo Alto. The large auditorium in which we met was bare except for…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving In our Gospel for today there’s one word that gets repeated over and over again: the word ‘Worry’. It’s something that Jesus warned against on many occasions. He says in verse 25, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear”. And again in verses 27-28, he says: “And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your…

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost When I was 25 years old, I was living in New York City and had just been promoted to Account Executive as part of a team managing a $60 million advertising account for the agency that employed me.  I had a window office on the 12th floor looking out on Madison Avenue.  I had a wonderful apartment in Gramercy Park.  I had friends, and enough disposable income to enjoy living in New York.  Then, on a…

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Many of you probably remember the original Godfather movie from the 1970s.  It’s about an aging patriarch of an organized crime family who transfers control of his empire to his reluctant son, Michael.  As the film goes along we discover what this responsibility and the power that goes with it does to Michael. The closing scene of The Godfather is particularly memorable.  It is, as we are gathered today for, a baptism. Michael Corleone’s nephew is being baptized,…

All Saints (observed)

All Saints’ Day Today’s Gospel is not my favorite to preach about on All Saints’ Sunday.  I much prefer the Year A lectionary when on this day we hear the Beatitudes – Jesus’ beautiful list of the different conditions of human experience in which we are “blessed.” Today, though, we’re given the raising of Lazarus – a story that is familiar and uplifting, if not a little awkward. In the raising of Lazarus, we enter just in time to witness…