Sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 2:14a, 36-41+Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17+1 Peter 1:17-23+Luke 24:13-35 We had hoped. I’m not sure there are any more poignant words in scripture. “We had hoped that he was the one…” (Luke 24:21). Whether we know it or not, we have all been on the Emmaus Road. We had hoped she would recover. We had hoped for a different diagnosis. We …

ASEPSermon for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 2:14a, 22-23+Psalm 16+1 Peter 1:3-9+John 20:19-31 My father, who died back in 1997, was not a man to dwell on the negative or on grief or sorrow. Perhaps he was a product of his time, growing up during the Great Depression and enlisting in the Navy at 17, but he was definitely of the “just get on with it” …

ASEPSermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Easter Day, April 12, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 10:34-43+Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24+Colossians 3:1-4+John 20:1-18 There is a window in the southwest corner of this building that is based on a verse from this morning’s gospel. In art – from Fra Angelico to Caravaggio and others – it is known as “noli me tangere,” don’t touch me. Don’t hold onto me. On this Easter Day in the midst …

ASEPSermon for Easter Day, April 12, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Good Friday, April, 10, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 52:13-53:12+Psalm 22+Hebrews 10:16-25+John 18:1-19:42 I don’t watch a lot of television, but every now and then. I’ll take a scroll through the seemingly endless supply of channels to see if there is anything interesting to watch, just to occupy my mind for a while. Invariably – I mean about four times out of five – I’ll come across the …

ASEPSermon for Good Friday, April, 10, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Matthew 21:1-11+Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Isaiah 50:4-9a+Psalm 31:9-16+Philippians 2:5-11+Matthew 26:14-27:66 Over the past few weeks, I have sat in countless Zoom meetings with my clergy colleagues, sometimes with the bishop present, sometimes not. There has been a lot of discussion about plans to observe Holy Week and Easter during this time of pandemic when we can’t gather as a body. Many …

ASEPSermon for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29th, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Ezekiel 37:1-14+Psalm 130+Romans 8:6-11+John 11:1-45 We are in the midst of some rather lengthy stories from the fourth gospel, and this one has its particularly difficult moments as well as breathtakingly astonishing ones. While we can take this story of the raising of Lazarus all in one piece, I find it helpful to consider it as a play in three …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29th, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent, March 22, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 16:1-13 + Psalm 23 + Ephesians 5:8-14 + John 9:1-41 One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. (John 9:39)   On September 14, 2001, with our nation still reeling from the horror of the attacks on 9/11, The Rev. Jerry Falwell blamed pagans, abortion providers, gays, lesbians, and the ACLU for bringing …

ASEPSermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent, March 22, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 15, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 17:1-17 + Psalm 95 + Romans 5:1-11 + John 4:5-42 Last Sunday, March 8, was International Women’s Day, a day with roots in early 20th century social and labor movements seeking safe working conditions, voting rights, and equality for women. One would think that, 109 after the first observance, this would be a day to celebrate all that we have …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 15, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, March 8, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 12:1-4a+Psalm 121+Romans 4:1-5, 13-17+John 3:1-17 My husband Tim’s Grandma Thomas used to say to her teenaged grandsons as they went out for the evening, “Remember, nothing good happens after midnight.” In the Cleveland, Ohio of the 70’s and 80’s, she may not have been far from wrong, but she also knew that people do things in the dark of …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, March 8, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, March 1, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7+Psalm 32+Romans 5:12-19+Matthew 4:1-11 Have you ever been to the wilderness? If you intend to go there, equipped with the things you will need for as long as you plan to stay, the wilderness can be a beautiful place. It looks a lot different for me to go on a day-hike outside of Tucson than it does for …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday in Lent, March 1, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas