Sermon for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 23, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 24:12-18+Psalm 99+2 Peter 1:16-21+Matthew 17:1-9 I don’t know if it’s because I am naturally curious, or if it’s because I have had family members who, at various points over the years, have lived in such far-flung places as Baghdad and Ouagadougou and Lucknow, or maybe it’s because I have traveled overseas a lot, but for whatever reason, I am …

ASEPSermon for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 23, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 16, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Deuteronomy 30:15-20+Psalm 119:1-8+I Corinthians 3:1-9+Matthew 5:21-37 If you came to church today looking to have yourself affirmed, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you came here this morning seeking a soothing message about God loving you no matter what, you’re going to be seriously disappointed. If you came to church expecting to be able to leave here and carry …

ASEPSermon for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 16, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 9, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 58:1-9a+Psalm 112:1-9+I Corinthians 2:1-12+Matthew 5:13-20 I don’t remember much about the chemistry I learned as a sophomore in high school. Sure, I thought it was clever to go around telling friends to drink more dihydrogen monoxide or asking someone to pass the C12H22O11, also known as sugar. And then there was sodium chloride, NaCl, salt. One thing I do …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 9, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, February 2, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Malachi 3:1-4+Psalm 84+Hebrews 2:14-18+Luke 2:22-40 It is the custom here at All Saints, somewhere on or around the Third Sunday of Advent, to have our children present the Christmas story, the pageant. It is certainly one of the highlights of the season, and it is one of the rare opportunities our young people have to proclaim the Good News in …

ASEPSermon for the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, February 2, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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