Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 8, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 2:22-24+Psalm 9:9-14+2 Corinthians 4:7-12+Luke 7:18-23 I have been thinking a lot about my great-grandmother this week. I don’t really know why, since I was only a year old when she died and have only heard stories about her from my siblings. Born in what was then the capitol of the Dakota Territories and is now Yankton, South Dakota, Matie …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 8, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, May 1, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 1:6-8+Psalm 78:1-7+Romans 13:8-10+Matthew 22:23-33 What does a resurrection life look like? What will we look like? Will we have the same eye color or the same hair, will our bad knees and frustrating imperfections follow us into eternity? Questions like these have been debated since the time of Jesus. When he came out of the tomb, some people didn’t …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, May 1, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 1:3-5, 12-14+Psalm 41:1-4, 12-13+Romans 7:1-2+John 20:19-31 Sometimes church time can be confusing. Many of us gathered here last week celebrating the resurrection, hunting Easter Eggs, singing our little hearts out. And then we went about our business of the week. Some of us were on spring break and got away for a bit. Some of us took a couple …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sunday of the Resurrection, or Easter Day, April 17, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 49:1-13+Hebrews 11:1-2, 23-24, 28-39+Psalm 18:2-11, 16-19+John 20:1-18 In all the years that I have been in and around the church – and that has been a lot of years – I have watched or organized or led music or otherwise been part of I don’t know how many Christmas pageants. Grand ones with multiple roles and simulated flying angels …

ASEPSermon for the Sunday of the Resurrection, or Easter Day, April 17, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Great Vigil of Easter, April 16, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Vigil Readings: Genesis 1:1-2, 26-27, 2:1-4; Canticle of the Three Young MenExodus 14:26-29, 15:20-21; The Song of MiriamJudges 4:1-10, 23; Canticle of Deborah Acts 16:13-15+Matthew 28:1-10  Like many of you, I am sure, every year Easter rolls around with its story of resurrection and new life and the trampling down of death, and I look around me at death and …

ASEPSermon for the Great Vigil of Easter, April 16, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Holy Saturday, April 15, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Job 14:1-14+Psalm 31+Philippians 2:1-8+Matthew 27:57-66 Anyone who has ever lost someone dear to them knows the feeling of the morning after, when in those brief moments between sleeping and waking, the world is whole and right and normal. Slowly, the memory of a nightmare makes a hasty exit as the weight of reality crashes down, heavy on the chest, unbearable. …

ASEPSermon for Holy Saturday, April 15, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Good Friday, April 14, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Judges 11:29-40+Psalm 22+Hebrews 12:1-4+Luke 22:14-23:56 A few years ago, Tim and I took a long-dreamt-about trip down the Danube River from Germany through Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Before getting on the boat, we spent a few days in Munich (highly recommended) with a couple of side trips, including to Neuschwanstein, the fairy castle of Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria. On …

ASEPSermon for Good Friday, April 14, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 15:11-21+Psalm 136:1-16+Hebrews 11:23-38+Matthew 26:17-56 I think we have our image of what the Last Supper was like all wrong. You have to hand it to Leonardo da Vinci for at least one thing: a lot of people are convinced that the painting in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan is an actual historic rendering of the …

ASEPSermon for Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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We have grown accustomed to hearing the story of the entry into Jerusalem as something akin to Mardi Gras – a grand celebration, a party, after which the one riding on a donkey would somehow kick the Romans back across the Mediterranean and establish God’s reign before the week was out. That isn’t how it happened. We have also grown …

ASEPSermon for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 20, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(Genesis 3:8-21)+Psalm 96+Romans 8:31-39+Mark 13:14-22 Imagine for a moment that you are sitting under some olive trees with friends and followers of Jesus. Across the Kidron Valley, you can see the massive temple built by Herod the Great, a temple so huge it would not fit in Met Life Stadium over there in East Rutherford. The temple dominated Jerusalem and …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 20, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas