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

Sermon for the Third Sunday After Pentecost, June 30, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14+Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20+Galatians 5:1, 13-25+Luke 9:51-62 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were fishermen. They worked with their father at the nets, fishing in the Sea of Galilee near the village of Capernaum, partners with another local fisherman, Simon. When Jesus called these three away from fishing so that they could fish for people (Luke 5:10), …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday After Pentecost, June 30, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, June 9, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 11:1-9++Psalm 104:25-35, 37++Romans 8:14-17++John 14:8-17, 25-27 On Wednesday of this week, I was at a meeting of the Hoboken Clergy Coalition, a body of faith leaders in this city of which All Saints was a founding member back in 1981. As is our custom, we each shared a little about what’s going on with our congregations and ministries, and …

ASEPSermon for the Day of Pentecost, June 9, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, June 2, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 16:16-34++Psalm 97++Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21++John 17:20-26 I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. (John 17:20-21) This past Thursday, the Church celebrated one of the seven major feast days in the liturgical calendar, the Ascension of Christ into heaven …

ASEPSermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, June 2, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas