Sermon for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, October 17, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Job 38:1-7, 34-41+Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37+(Hebrews 5:1-10)+Mark 10:35-45 If we ever needed evidence that the people who inhabit our gospels, those who surrounded Jesus, were actual real, flesh and blood humans, we need look no farther than today, when James and John behave in full-bodied, self-promoting human fashion. Hey, Jesus, let us sit on your left and on your right …

ASEPSermon for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, October 17, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 10, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Job 23:1-9, 16-17+Psalm 22:1-15+(Hebrews 4:12-16)+Mark 10:17-31 We are in the “difficult teachings” section of Mark’s gospel. Jesus has set his sights on Jerusalem where the anticipation of conflict and violence are looming, and he is running out of time. So, he is hammering away at the hard stuff like divorce and amputating anything that gets in the way of following …

ASEPSermon for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 10, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 3, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Job 1:1; 2:1-10+Psalm 26+(Hebrews 1:1-4, 1:5-12)+Mark 10:2-16 One of the things they teach you in preaching class in divinity school is that you shouldn’t draw attention to the process or how you go about putting a sermon together. Usually, I think it’s pretty sound advice. I mean, who cares, really? But today, I just need to say that it’s a …

ASEPSermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 3, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 26, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Esther 7:1-6,9-10, 9:20-22+Psalm 124+James 5:13-20+Mark 9:38-50 There is a scene early in the 1987 classic Cher film, Moonstruck, on the morning after spending the night with her fiancé’s brother, Loretta Castorini (played by Cher) tells Ronnie Cammareri (played by Nicolas Cage) that they have to forget that their little tryst ever happened, and they have to forget about each other …

ASEPSermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 26, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 19, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(Proverbs 31:10-31)+Psalm 1+James 3:13-4:3, 7-9a+Mark 9:30-37 Beginning in Mark’s 8th chapter, from which we read last week, there is a pivot in Mark’s telling of the Jesus story. Scholars usually divide Mark into five sections, beginning in the 1st chapter with John the Baptist. The 2nd part is the Galilean ministry, roughly chapters 2 through 7, during which Jesus goes …

ASEPSermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 19, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 12, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(Proverbs 1:20-33)+Psalm 19+James 3:1-12+Mark 8:27-38 Like most institutions, the Episcopal Church has several layers of governance. Locally, All Saints is one of 90-some-odd churches in the Diocese of Newark which covers roughly the top one-third of the state of New Jersey and is overseen by a bishop, the Right Rev. Carlye Hughes. Within the diocese are committees and commissions, one …

ASEPSermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 12, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 5, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23)+Psalm 125+James 2:1-10, 11-3, 14-17+Mark 7:24-37 Several years ago, an Episcopal Priest in Excelsior, MN, held a 4-year women’s bible study with a unique purpose: to catalogue every word spoken by women in the bible.[1] There are 93 women whose words are recorded in the Good Book. Only 49 of them – just over half – have …

ASEPSermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 5, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 29, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(Song of Solomon 2:8-13)+Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10+James 1:17-27+Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 After a five-week sojourn through the 6th chapter of John, we have returned to Mark’s gospel. It occurs to me that many of you may not know the reason behind this jumping around. After all, it is not completely intuitive. As an Episcopal Church, we follow a three-year lectionary cycle …

ASEPSermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 29, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 22, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(1 Kings 8: [1,6,10-11], 22-30,41-43)+Psalm 84+Ephesians 6:10-20+John 6:59-69 I don’t remember much from 7th grade biology. I think that was the year we studied the human body and all its magical capabilities, reproduction and all that fun stuff. That year also included the digestive system and how that all works. I remember enough about that to know that the food …

ASEPSermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 22, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 15, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14+Psalm 111+(Ephesians 5:15-20)+John 6:51-58 At some point over the past decade or two, bread has become the bad guy. It has been blamed for the obesity epidemic, for high blood sugar, it’s just empty calories and is devoid of real nutrition. As more people develop an intolerance for the gluten in bread, it is dangerous to their …

ASEPSermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 15, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas