Sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 9, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28+Psalm 105:1-6,16-22,45bRomans 10:5-15+Matthew 14:22-33 Many of you know that I am the youngest of six children. Like many youngest children, my older siblings will tell you stories about me that are absolutely not how I remember things being when I was young. They will tell you that I was spoiled, that I got to do things they were …

ASEPSermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 9, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 2, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 32:22-31+Psalm 17:1-7, 16+Romans 9:1-5+Matthew 14:13-21 In our wanderings through the book of Genesis, we are hitting the high points, the major stories, but there are some details that get left out that are, in my estimation, rather important. We are only three chapters beyond where we were last week, but an awful lot has happened between then and now. …

ASEPSermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 2, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 26, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 29:15-28+Psalm 128+Romans 8:26-39+Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Good things come to those who wait. Or so they say. When last we encountered Jacob, he had had a mountaintop experience, dreaming of a ladder with angels going up and down and God telling him that he would have descendants without number and land beyond measure. And he called that place Beth-el – …

ASEPSermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 26, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 19, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 28:10-19a+Psalm 139:1-11, 22-23 Romans 8:12-25+Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 I am not a farmer. I’m not very much of a gardener, either. I consider it a minor miracle when something I have planted actually breaks through the ground and becomes a plant or a flower. The crowd to whom Jesus tells the story of the weeds and the wheat probably knew …

ASEPSermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 19, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 12, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 25:19-34+Psalm 119:105-112+Romans 8:1-11+Matthew 13:1-9. 18-23 Families can be complicated. When last we were with Isaac, he saw his intended wife from afar, he loved her, and he took her to his mother’s tent. Fast forward to today when we learn that the two have been married for twenty years, and once again, the promise, God’s covenant that a nation …

ASEPSermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 12, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 5, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67+Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Romans 7:15-25a+Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Our journey through the book of Genesis brings us a great story this morning. On the surface, it’s just about a man in search of a wife. But there are layers that bear exploring here, so we’re going to do just that. You will remember that Sarah gave birth …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 5, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 28, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 22:1-14+Psalm 13+Romans 6:12-23+Matthew 10:40-42 What are we to do with this reading from Genesis? We have seen over the past couple of weeks how God fulfills the covenant with Abraham by giving him a son, Isaac, long after Sarah was of an age to bear children. We heard Sarah’s laughter. We witnessed Hagar’s cries as she and Ishmael were …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 28, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 21, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 21:8-21+Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17+Romans 6:1b-11+Matthew 10:24-39 Her name was Hagar. All we know of her is that she was an Egyptian and enslaved to Sarah. Early in the Abraham narrative, the patriarch and matriarch go down to Egypt to escape a famine, so we might assume that Hagar came back with them, but we don’t really know. The first we …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 21, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 14, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7+Psalm 116:1, 10-17+ Romans 5:1-8+Matthew 9:25-10:23 I don’t often tell anyone what to or not to do in order to avoid consequences from God. Yes, I do counsel and preach and occasionally have pointed out sinful behavior, but I’ve never said to anyone to stop doing something or God’s going to come after you. Well, I’m going to …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 14, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 1:1-2:4a+Psalm 8+2 Corinthians 13:11-13+Matthew 28:16-20 Trinity Sunday. This first Sunday after Pentecost is always devoted to a theological doctrine first put forward in the 3rd c. by Tertullian, a Church Father from northern Africa. It’s the only Principal Feast on our calendar that is not about an event or about people. The other Principal Feasts – Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, …

ASEPSermon for Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas