Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost, November 17, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Malachi 4:1-2a+Psalm 98+2 Thessalonians 3:6-13+Luke 21:5-19 Jesus is in a mood this morning. This is not the Jesus who has a word of love and compassion, who heals the sick and plops a child on his lap. This is a Jesus who is running out of time. He’s in Jerusalem and will soon be arrested, and he has people with …

ASEPSermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost, November 17, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost, November 10, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Job 19:23-27a+Psalm 17:1-9+1 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17+Luke 20:27-38 Some of you know that I have a fairly extensive presence on social media. Part of the reason for that is to create visibility for All Saints and to promote a counter-narrative to a narrow view of what it means to be a Christian. Okay, it’s also to share pictures of my dog, …

ASEPSermon for the Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost, November 10, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for All Saints Day (observed), November 3, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18+Psalm 149+Ephesians 1:1-11+Luke 6:20-31 Several years ago, there was a seminar taught at Yale with the provocative title Christian Theology and Harry Potter. This was at a time when plenty of people were sounding the alarm that Harry Potter, the young sorcerer, only encouraged youngsters to risk their souls by exploring the dark arts and magic. I suppose …

ASEPSermon for All Saints Day (observed), November 3, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, October 27, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Sirach 35:12-17+Psalm 84:1-6+2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18+Luke 18:9-14 On our recent cruise down the Danube River, we received a daily leaflet containing the schedule for the day, information about where we were, and, in a small box on the back bottom corner, a nautical term definition. On our final day on board, that word was ‘booby trap.’ I did not know …

ASEPSermon for the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, October 27, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost, October 6, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4+Psalm 37:1-10+2 Timothy 1:1-14+Luke 17:5-10 It is really hard to tell, given the way that we read scripture in church, that Jesus is more than a little bit impatient with the boys today. Jesus has just warned them that the road will not be smooth, that whoever causes one of the little ones to stumble would be better …

ASEPSermon for the Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost, October 6, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 29, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Amos 6:1a, 4-7+Psalm 146+1 Timothy 6:6-19+Luke 16:19-31 But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things…” (Luke 16:25) Those of you who have heard me preach more than, say, once, know that, from time to time, I can be a little bit critical of the compilers of our three-year lectionary cycle. Either the readings are …

ASEPSermon for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 29, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 22, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Amos 8:4-7+Psalm 113+1 Timothy 2:1-7+Luke 16:1-13 Many years ago when I worked at Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia, one of our programs was called “Teens Taking Over,” and it was designed to help vulnerable youth from underserved neighborhoods to have a chance at success, designing their own after-school and career-development programs and connecting with mentors in the professional world who …

ASEPSermon for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 22, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 15, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 32:7-14+Psalm 51:1-11+1 Timothy 1:12-17+Luke 15:1-10 I am often asked, especially by those struggling with faith or uncertain what they believe about God, what parts of the bible they should read to help them find answers. My first response to that is that the bible is not an answer book. It is a story of God’s love for all of …

ASEPSermon for the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 15, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, September 1, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Sirach 10:12-18+Psalm 112+Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16+Luke 14:1, 7-14 This will not come as a surprise to most of you, but I am not a scientist or an anthropologist or a student of much of anything other than God and Church…and baseball. But based solely on my own observations, it seems to me that members of the animal kingdom are pretty much …

ASEPSermon for the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, September 1, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost, August 25, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 58:9b-14+Psalm 103:1-8+Hebrews 12:18-29+Luke 13:10-17 Several years ago, Tim and I joined a group of pilgrims from Yale on a trip to Israel and Palestine, focusing primarily on the plight of Palestinian Christians who now comprise less than 2% of the population. On our last night, we were staying overnight in a hotel in Tel Aviv in rooms on one …

ASEPSermon for the Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost, August 25, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas