Sermon for Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 50:4-9a ++ Psalm 31:9-16 ++ Philippians 2:5-11 ++ Luke 19:28-40 Jerusalem – the City of God’s Peace. I’m not sure there has ever been a time when this holy city has been at peace, and certainly not on the day we now know as Palm Sunday but, in the time of Jesus, was the day pilgrims began to arrive …

ASEPSermon for Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 43:16-21 ++ Psalm 126 ++ Philippians 3:4b-14 ++John 12:1-8 One day a plain village woman driven by love for her Lord recklessly poured out a valuable essence disregarding the scorn. And once it was broken and spilled out a fragrance filled all the room, lie a pris’ner released from his shackles, like a spirit set free from the tomb. …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 31, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Joshua 9:5-12 ++ Psalm 31 ++ 2 Corinthians 5:16-31 ++ Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found. (Luke 5:32) There was a woman who had two sons. The younger son was artistic and sensitive, suffered from mental illness …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 31, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 3:1-15 +++ Psalm 63:1-9 +++ 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 +++ Luke 13:1-9 Why do bad things happen to good people?  What did this person do wrong that received this diagnosis?  Why does God allow evil to flourish? What did the worshippers in the mosques in Christchurch do to deserve what happened to them? Or those who died in Cyclone Idai …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, March 17, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Before beginning my sermon this morning, I spoke to the congregation about the terrorist shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. I let them know that there are times when the events of the week cause preachers to do a rewrite, or to approach a text in a different way than planned. And then I told them that I had not done …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, March 17, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, March 10, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Deuteronomy 26:1-11 + Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 + Romans 10:8b-13 + Luke 4:1-13 …the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  (Romans 10:13)             As most of you know, we had a church full of college students from the University of Michigan …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday in Lent, March 10, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Joel 2:1-2 + Psalm 103:8-14 + 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 + Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The prophet Joel is one of the twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew scriptures from whom we don’t hear much in our usual rotation of scripture readings. Now, a minor prophet is not an unimportant one, just one that wrote a short entry into the canon of …

ASEPSermon for Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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