Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, November 8, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25+Psalm 78:1-71 Thessalonians 4:13-18+Matthew 25:1-13 We had a little bit of a break in our walk through the Pentateuch last week on All Saints Day, but when last we dropped in, we were at the end of Deuteronomy where Moses dies and the mantle passes to Joshua. This morning, we are in the 24th chapter of Joshua, and, …

ASEPSermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, November 8, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for All Saints’ Day, November 1, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Revelation 7:9-17+Psalm 34:1-10, 22+1 John 3:1-3+Matthew 5:1-12 What does it mean to be blessed? A lot of people will share photos of a new home or a new car or a vacation destination with the hashtag blessed. New job? Financial windfall? Day on the golf course? #blessed. Do you ever wonder about all those people who don’t have the new …

ASEPSermon for All Saints’ Day, November 1, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, October 25, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Deuteronomy 34:1-12+Psalm 90:1-6, 13-171 Thessalonians 1:1-8+Matthew 22:34-46 Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I …

ASEPSermon for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, October 25, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 18, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 33:12-23+Psalm 99+1 Thessalonians 1:1-10+Matthew 22:15-22 In the beginning, when God created humankind in God’s own image, there was an understanding that this was not metaphorical, that it was literal. We are made to look like God, at least according to the authors and compliers of the early scriptures. Through the course of the Pentateuch, or the first five books …

ASEPSermon for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 18, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 11, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 32:1-14+Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23+Philippians 4:1-9+Matthew 22:1-14 The familiarity of many of the stories from the bible can lead us to believe that we know what they mean, or at least we think we know what they mean. This story of the Golden Calf is one of those. The people of Israel have been waiting for Moses at the foot of …

ASEPSermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 11, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 4, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 20:1-4,7-9,12-20+Psalm 19+Philippians 3:4b-14+Matthew 21:33-46 Beginning on Friday at sundown, our Jewish neighbors are in the midst of the festival known as Sukkot which takes place every year five days following Yom Kippur. It is named for the huts or temporary structures that the Israelites, wandering in the desert, constructed for shelter. There are specific instructions about using branches for …

ASEPSermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 4, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 27, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 17:1-7+Psalm 78:1-4,12-16+Philippians 2:1-13+Matthew 21:23-32 Like a broken record, we return to the Israelites wandering in the desert, and they are still grumbling. Last week, it was hunger; this week, they are thirsty. It’s easy to poke fun at this crowd which seems to long for the good old days when they were slaves. But in truth, enslavement is not …

ASEPSermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 27, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 20, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 16:2-15+Psalm 105:1-6,37-45+Philippians 1:21-30+Matthew 19:1-16 Last week, we heard the great story of the Exodus, liberation of the people of Israel from 400 years of slavery in Egypt. More than a million people with all of their household goods and their animals and all the rest followed Moses and Aaron and Miriam through the Red Sea and into the wilderness …

ASEPSermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 20, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 13, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 14:19-31+Psalm 114+Romans 14:1-12+Matthew 18:21-35 But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left (Exodus 14:29). The Exodus, freedom for the people of Israel following 400 years of slavery, is a formative moment in the history of a people and a nation. God liberated the …

ASEPSermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 13, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 6, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 12:1-14+Psalm 149+Romans 13:8-14+Matthew 18:15-20 A couple of weeks ago, I told you that I wished I had just told you to watch the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in order to fill in some of that story when our lectionary skipped a few chapters during the Joseph narrative. Well, this week, my recommendation would have been the …

ASEPSermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 6, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas