Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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            If I were going to give this sermon it title, it might just be “Something about Mary.” Mary who consented to bearing the child of God. Mary, a young girl of marriageable age who could hardly have understood what the angel Gabriel was saying to her. This Mary is, in today’s reading of the Magnificat, laying down some prophetic truth …

ASEPSermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Liturgy of the Longest Night, December 21, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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A little over 20 years ago, I was at what was, to that point at least, the lowest point in my life. My marriage was foundering, I couldn’t seem to get a grasp on what my future might be, and I found myself in the midst of a profound and deep depression. I was serving in a busy church as …

ASEPSermon for the Liturgy of the Longest Night, December 21, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 26, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Zephaniah 3:14-20 Canticle 9 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 There’s a whole lot of rejoicing going on in our readings for today. In fact, there’s even a name for this Sunday of rejoicing: Gaudete. Gaudete is the Latin word for rejoice, and it’s taken from the 4th chapter of Philippians we read earlier when Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 26, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 9, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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In the second year of the presidency of Donald Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence; in the first year of the governorship of Phil Murphy, and the second of year of Anthony Vanieri serving as chair of the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders; and the first year of Ravi Bhalla serving as Hoboken mayor; and the fourth year …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 9, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-9 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:1-9   Things look a bit different around here this morning, don’t they? Everything is decked in blue. The Advent wreath is blessed and the first candle lit. The smell of Christmas-tree is in the air. But Luke the Evangelist plops us right back where we’ve been for the past few weeks …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Last Sunday after Pentecost, November 25, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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2 Samuel 23:1-7 Psalm 132: 1-13 Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37   We have come, once again, to the end of our story. We move from “Are you the King of the Jews?” today to “Come, o come, Emmanuel” next week. The story of the God who became human, who lived as one of us and died a criminal’s death is …

ASEPSermon for the Last Sunday after Pentecost, November 25, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service, November 18, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Reflections on Giving Thanks in Times of Trouble Texts: Deuteronomy 26:1-11, 1 Corinthians 9:6-12 I have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving. Not, mind you, with the act of giving thanks, but with this particular national holiday we are here to observe today. My love for it runs deep: memories of huge Thanksgiving feasts followed by snuggling up next to my dad …

ASEPInterfaith Community Thanksgiving Service, November 18, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost, November 18, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Texts: 1 Samuel 1:4-20, 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Hebrews 10:11-25, Mark 13:1-8   I am going to start by giving you fair warning: we have reached just about my favorite time in the church calendar, and no, it has nothing to do with the approach of Christmas. This is the time during our year when everything gets really confusing. We’ve been rolling along through …

ASEPSermon for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost, November 18, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost, November 11, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 Psalm 127 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44   I know that the gospel we just read sounds like a perfect segue into an annual giving sermon, right? Poor woman gives her last two coins to her place of worship, and Jesus commends her for it. One would think that the compilers of the lectionary planned this all just for us: …

ASEPSermon for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost, November 11, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for All Saints Day (Observed) November 4, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm 24 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44   As part of divinity school training, students are required to perform a period of supervised ministry or internship in a parish where at least one priest has been trained to do such supervision. I was fortunate enough to spend a summer fulfilling my internship requirement over there on the other side …

ASEPSermon for All Saints Day (Observed) November 4, 2018 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas