Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, December 27, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 61:10-62:3+Psalm 147:13-17+Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7+John 1:1-18 It has long been my custom on the morning of Christmas Eve to tune into the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols from the chapel at Kings College in Cambridge, England. Normally, I listen while engaged in the flurry of preparations for services that evening, and the music and readings and prayers of Lessons …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, December 27, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Christmas Day, December 25, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 62:6-12+Psalm 97+Titus 3:4-7+Luke 2:8-20 Of the many things that happened in 2020, one usually significant  event is the decennial census. Every ten years, every person living in the United States is to be counted according to Article 1, Section 2 (later amended) for the purposes of representation and taxation. I’m sure you know that is not an easy task …

ASEPSermon for Christmas Day, December 25, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020, 9:00 p.m. – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 9:2-7+Psalm 96+Titus 2:11-14+Luke 2:1-14 One of my favorite things this time of year is to open the mailbox to find Christmas cards from  friends all over the world, people I have met over the course of my life who I may not see very often, but hearing from them at Christmas gives me such joy. A lot of these …

ASEPSermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020, 9:00 p.m. – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m. – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 9:2-7+Psalm 96+Titus 2:11-14+Luke 2:1-14 We did not include in the bulletin the title of the children’s pageant we’ve just seen. I mean, a Christmas pageant is about the birth of Jesus, right? It doesn’t need a title! But this one does, in fact, have a name, and it is this: A Night Like No Other Night. The first narrator …

ASEPSermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m. – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16+Canticle 15 (The Magnificat)Romans 16:25-27+Luke 1:26-38 Like many of you (at least I hope like many of you), Tim and I watched the Mile Square Theater production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” last weekend, the radio-play enacted on stage except recorded by the characters separately and pieced together in a video production. It was a unique and …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11+Psalm 126+1 Thessalonians 5:16-24+John 1:6-8, 19-28 “Who are you?” In the gospel for this morning, this is the question asked of John by the religious authorities who were sent out into the desert to question him. “Who are you?” This is long after shepherds and Mary and Joseph and angels and wise men. But it is before Jesus …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 40:1-11+Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13+2 Peter 3:8-15a+Mark 1:1-8 “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” Those are some audacious words. For an evangelist who spends a good part of his gospel telling people to keep the identity of Jesus a secret, that he came out with that right at the beginning is pretty astounding. In …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 64:1-9+Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18+1 Corinthians 1:3-9+Mark 13: 24-37 It might seem a little odd to start a new Church year, transitioning from Matthew’s gospel to Mark’s, and to be plopped down two-thirds of the way through the story. Next week, we get the beginning of Mark, but today we find ourselves in what is called Mark’s “little apocalypse.” Jesus has …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Last Sunday after Pentecost, November 22, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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What kind of a God do you believe in? Do you believe in a God who is watching our every move to trip us up and cast us into the inferno, or do you believe in a God who is “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15)? Do you believe in a God who plays …

ASEPSermon for the Last Sunday after Pentecost, November 22, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, November 15, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Judges 4:1-7+Psalm 123+1 Thessalonians 5:1-11+Matthew 25:14-30 There’s a bit of a disconnect between our walk through the Hebrew scriptures that we have been on since early summer and today. Suddenly, we are in the era of the Judges, those wise leaders in Israel before there were kings. After Joshua and his generation died out, the people forgot who they were …

ASEPSermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, November 15, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas