Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 15, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 32:7-14+Psalm 51:1-11+1 Timothy 1:12-17+Luke 15:1-10 I am often asked, especially by those struggling with faith or uncertain what they believe about God, what parts of the bible they should read to help them find answers. My first response to that is that the bible is not an answer book. It is a story of God’s love for all of …

ASEPSermon for the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 15, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, September 1, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Sirach 10:12-18+Psalm 112+Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16+Luke 14:1, 7-14 This will not come as a surprise to most of you, but I am not a scientist or an anthropologist or a student of much of anything other than God and Church…and baseball. But based solely on my own observations, it seems to me that members of the animal kingdom are pretty much …

ASEPSermon for the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, September 1, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost, August 25, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 58:9b-14+Psalm 103:1-8+Hebrews 12:18-29+Luke 13:10-17 Several years ago, Tim and I joined a group of pilgrims from Yale on a trip to Israel and Palestine, focusing primarily on the plight of Palestinian Christians who now comprise less than 2% of the population. On our last night, we were staying overnight in a hotel in Tel Aviv in rooms on one …

ASEPSermon for the Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost, August 25, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, August 18, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Jeremiah 23: 23-29+Psalm 82+Hebrews 11:29-12:2+Luke 12:49-56 I have been through many phases in my life as a Christian, from a young vacation bible school All Star, to youngest-by-about-forty-years member of the choir, to teenaged organist at all those services the regular organist didn’t want to play, to a long period of absolute agnosticism on the whole question of God and …

ASEPSermon for the Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, August 18, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost, August 11, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 15:1-16+Psalm 33:12-22+Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16+Luke 12:32-40 A few weeks ago in a children’s sermon, I talked about the fruit of the Spirit that Paul wrote about in his letter to the Galatians: love, joy. peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). As I explained then, these are not things you can strive for. They are evidence of …

ASEPSermon for the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost, August 11, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost, August 4, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Ecclesiastes 1:2, 13-14; 2:18-23+Psalm 49:1-11+Colossians 3:1-11+Luke 12:13-21 Back in the early 2000’s when I had given up my regular role as a church musician and instead did supply work when and where I pleased, Tim would make his way on Sunday mornings to Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church on the Main Line outside of Philadelphia. It is one of the largest …

ASEPSermon for the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost, August 4, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, July 28, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 18:20-32+Psalm 138+Colossians 2:6-15+Luke 11:1-13 “’Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, `Do not bother me; the door has already been locked….’” (Luke 11:6-7) We are rather accustomed to reading parables by assigning roles to humans and a role to …

ASEPSermon for the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, July 28, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday After Pentecost, July 21, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 18:1-10a+Psalm 15+Colossians 1:15-28+Luke 10:38-42 One of my favorite things about the writer of the Gospel of Luke is that he gets women. When the angel Gabriel announced to a young Mary that she would become pregnant with God’s son, she doesn’t say “no way” or “oh, goody.” No, she says something like, “Yeah, right. How’s that going to happen …

ASEPSermon for the Sixth Sunday After Pentecost, July 21, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, July 14, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Amos 7:7-17+Psalm 82+Colossians 1:1-14+Luke 10:25-37 A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance, an evangelical mega-church pastor was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise, a …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, July 14, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, July 7, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 66:10-14+Psalm 66:1-8+Galatians 6:1-16+Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Some of you may know that, before becoming a priest, I worked as the Director of Human Resources for a faith-based non-profit in Philadelphia, Episcopal Community Services. ECS is a social services organization that, at the time, provided in-home care for the elderly poor, after-school programming, foster care for at-risk children, and a homeless …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, July 7, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas