Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 26, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 9:1-4+Psalm 27:1, 5-13+1 Corinthians 1:10-18+Matthew 4:12-23 Back in 1995, my life was in a shambles. My marriage had come to an end, I suffered the first really serious period of depression in my life, I was very poor, and all in all, life was pretty bleak. Into the midst of this disaster, I heard a voice. It was not …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 26, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 19, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 49:1-7+Psalm 40:1-12+1 Corinthians 1:1-9+John 1:29-42 There was a news story that captured headlines one year ago in November, at least for as long as headlines last these days, when missionary John Chau was killed by residents of a remote North Sentinel Island as he attempted to convert them to Christianity. He had been warned not to go. This was …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 19, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 12, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 42:1-9+Psalm 29+Acts 10:34-43+Matthew 3:13-17 On most Saturday nights, I head to bed by 9:00 or 9:30 to read for a bit before falling asleep, resting up for an early alarm clock and three services with all of you on Sunday morning. Tim is not quite so inclined to go to bed early, so it has become his custom to …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 12, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday after Christmas Day, January 5, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Jeremiah 31:7-14+Psalm 84+Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a+Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 There are a lot of dreams early in Matthew’s gospel. Joseph dreams that he is to wed Mary his pregnant girlfriend rather than setting her aside. The Magi dream a warning not to return to King Herod with news of the infant king. Joseph dreams again that his little family is in danger …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday after Christmas Day, January 5, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 7:10-16+Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18+Romans 1:1-7+Matthew 1:18-25 We started our Advent journey three weeks ago near the end of Matthew’s gospel, with Jesus telling his disciples to be ready for the coming of the Son of Man. We then stepped back in time to John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness, and last week, we were still with John, except …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas Day, December 29, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 61:10-62:3+Psalm 147:13-21+Galatians 3:23-24, 4:4-7+John 1:1-18 At the end of Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town, Emily, the protagonist who is now deceased and looking wistfully back at a scene from her life, asks the Stage Manager, “Does anyone ever realize life while they live it…every, every minute?” “No,” he replied. “The saints and poets, maybe — they do some.” …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday after Christmas Day, December 29, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Christmas Day, December 25, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 62:6-12+Psalm 97+Titus 3:4-7+Luke 2:8-20 I have more than once confessed to my love of the Christmas shows of my childhood and a number of classics from my own children’s childhoods. One particular favorite from that era which we watched over and over again as 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds are wont to do is Muppet Family Christmas. It’s a silly …

ASEPSermon for Christmas Day, December 25, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 9:2-7+Titus 2:11-14+Psalm 96+Luke 2:1-20 A long time ago in a backwater area of the Roman Empire far, far away…. A season of darkness and suffering has descended on the people of Israel. The Emperor has demanded that everyone return to their ancestral land to be counted in a census. Joseph, a carpenter, must travel to Bethlehem, the ancestral home …

ASEPSermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 35:1-10+Canticle 15+James 5:7-10+Matthew 11:2-11 For those of us worshipping twice this morning, we will likely find it a rather disjointed experience. Here we are, once again, with John the Baptist who is now in jail, awaiting his execution by Herod, yet in a little while, our children will be telling the story of the birth of Jesus. Everything we …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 11:1-10+Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19+Romans 15:4-13+Matthew 3:1-12 On a sunny September day in New York City, 15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg appeared before members of the United Nations attending a Global Climate Action Summit and said: You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas