Sermon for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany (Transfiguration), March 3, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 34:29-35 +++ Psalm 99 +++ 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 +++ Luke 9:28-43a Last week in our Episcopal 101 class, we discussed the liturgical year, or how we Episcopalians mark time. It requires a recognition that our time in the Church is measured differently than how we might measure time in every other aspect of our lives. For instance, most of …

ASEPSermon for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany (Transfiguration), March 3, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, February 24, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 45:3-11, 15 + 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50 + Luke 6:27-38 + Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42 Several years ago, I was privileged to spend three weeks in South Africa training in the methodology of the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town. It was the first international group invited to be trained, and we spent the first three days together on …

ASEPSermon for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, February 24, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 17, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Jeremiah 15:5-10 + Psalm 1 + 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 + Luke 6:17-26 It was the custom for the Apostle Paul to send letters to communities with whom he had spent time in the past, offering encouragement and reminders, responding to questions that may have come to him in writing or in personal visits wherever he happened to be. We don’t …

ASEPSermon for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 17, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 10, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 6:1-8 – Psalm 138 – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 – Luke 5:1-11 One of the things I most admired about my parents was their unceasing willingness to learn and to try new things. They signed up for the Peace Corps in their 50’s. They lived in India and China when my father returned to work as a manufacturing consultant. When …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 10, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 3, 2019 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:12b-13 (1 Corinthians 13:12b-13) Some of you may know that I grew up in a large family, the youngest of six children. Now, like most youngest children, especially …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 3, 2019 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 27, 2019 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 ++ Psalm 19 ++ 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a ++ Luke 4:14-21 Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12) A couple of weeks ago, the folks at Yellowstone National Park released another report, presumably sent to print …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 27, 2019 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany, January 20, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 62:1-5 – Psalm 36:5-10 – 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 – John 2:1-11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:11) Dearly beloved: We have come together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of this man and this woman …

ASEPSermon for the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany, January 20, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday after the Epiphany (The Baptism of Our Lord) January 13, 2019 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 43:1-7 – Psalm 29 – Acts 8:14-17 – Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… (Isaiah 43:1b-2a)          It may not sound like it on the surface, but this reading about the baptism of Jesus is one of the most scandalous you will find …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday after the Epiphany (The Baptism of Our Lord) January 13, 2019 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 60:1-6 — Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 — Ephesians 2:1-12 — Matthew 2:1-12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. (Matthew 2:12) Although the story of the wise men appears only in this very brief text from Matthew, it is certainly one of the most recognizable and beloved stories in all the New Testament. Now, I have to tell you that I have no …

ASEPSermon for the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, December 30, 2018 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Psalm 147, Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7, John 1:1-18 And the Word became flesh and lived among us… (John 1:14) In the beginning… What comes next? Is it “God created?” Or is it “was the Word?” The audacity of this opening of John’s gospel is the bold claim that it was, and is, both: “In the beginning, God created the heavens …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, December 30, 2018 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas