The Breaking Point

A Sermon for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 John 20:1-18, NRSV “Woman, why are you weeping?” My beloved friends, this Easter (let’s just be honest) feels far from ordinary.  Our annual traditions have shifted radically—reimagining what worship could and should look like during this time of social distancing.  How has your own Holy Week been different... Continue Reading →

Holy Discomfort

A Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, Year B I don’t know if y’all will believe this, but I was a really shy child growing up.  It was painful at times.  And it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the company of others, or didn’t like conversing with friends and family, but new situations, new individuals, new thresholds were... Continue Reading →

Amazing Grace

The Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year B Will you persevere in resisting evil, and whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?  I will with God's help. Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch; like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.... Continue Reading →

Sensing Christ in the Midst of Doubt

The Second Sunday of Easter Acts 5:27-32; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31 It has been one week since Easter Sunday.  One week since children held delightfully decorated eggs in their hands, felt their weight, touched their smooth shells, and cracked some open for a sugar high only Christmas and Easter can duplicate.  It has been one... Continue Reading →

The Good News in Good Friday

A sermon preached at All Saints' Episcopal Church in South Hadley, Massachusetts, on the occasion of Good Friday.     (sung) Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord? O–o–o–o Sometimes it causes me to tremble, Tremble, Tremble, Were you there when they crucified my Lord?  ... Continue Reading →

I am Sarah

A Sermon on Genesis 21:9-19 for Prophetic Preaching class When I left Alabama at age 18, to begin my undergraduate career in Massachusetts, I was ready to cast of the chains of patriarchy. I was determined to denounce my sexist southern society. I was empowered to live into the woman that God was calling me... Continue Reading →

Feast Day of St. Luke the Evangelist

2 Timothy 4:5–12 Luke 10:1–12 Dedicated to my beloved friends at Berkeley Divinity School. Only six short weeks ago, Across quite a large pond, I sat reciting morning prayer, In a familiar place, With familiar faces, And familiar accents. That Friday morning before my departure to an unknown land, As I sat in St. Luke’s... Continue Reading →

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