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

Sermon for Christmas Day, December 25, 2018 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:8-20 The Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, “See, your salvation comes… (Isaiah 62:11) When I was a child, Christmas morning was a well-planned ritual in my house. With six kids under one roof, it had to be. No one was allowed down the stairs until we were …

ASEPSermon for Christmas Day, December 25, 2018 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see— I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people… (Luke 2:10) Several years ago, my husband Tim wrote his first book entitled Head Trash: Cleaning Out the Junk that Stands Between You and Success. Head trash is …

ASEPSermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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