Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, January 29, 2023 – The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(Isaiah 42:1-5, 10-16)+Psalm 107:1-9, 19-22+James 1:17-21+Matthew 8:14-22 A lot has happened in the lives of Jesus and his followers since last week when he called the first disciples and began to heal folks around Galilee. He delivered what we now call the Sermon on the Mount that covers three whole chapters, and after coming back down the mountain, he healed …

allsaintsadminSermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, January 29, 2023 – The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 22, 2023 – The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(Tobit 13:11-17)+Psalm 22:23-31+1 Timothy 3:14-16+Matthew 4:18-25 Last week, we explored Jesus’s reasoning for not returning to his home in Nazareth following the forty days he spent in the desert. Herod had arrested John the Baptist, so maybe it was best for Jesus to make himself scarce. He chooses a spot at the northern edge of the Sea of Galilee, a …

allsaintsadminSermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 22, 2023 – The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 15, 2023 – The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 9:2-7+Psalm 36:5-19+(Romans 15:8-13)+Matthew 4:12-17 Jesus has just spent 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by Satan. He is undoubtedly on the verge of starvation and exhaustion, and the first thing he hears as he returns to Galilee is that John – his cousin and the one who had just baptized him before he went into the desert – …

allsaintsadminSermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 15, 2023 – The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 8, 2023 – The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 2:1-5+Psalm 57+(2 Peter 1:16-21)+Matthew 3:1-17 The dove is an interesting choice to represent the Holy Spirit. I mean, a dove is just a pigeon lucky enough to hatch with white feathers. They can be mean and nasty, and yet they have become a symbol of peace and reconciliation around the world. All of the gospel accounts of Jesus’s baptism …

allsaintsadminSermon for the First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 8, 2023 – The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Christmas Day – The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 52:7-10/Psalm 98/Hebrews 1:1-14/John 1:1-14 He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming! It came!Somehow or other, it came just the same! And the Grinch, with his grinch feet ice-cold in the snow,Stood puzzling and puzzling. “How could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags!It came without packages, boxes, or bags!” He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler …

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Sermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 9:2-7+Psalm 96+Titus 2:11-14+Luke 2:1-20 Long lay the world in sin and error pining,‘til he appeared and the soul felt its worth. Thanks to Lutheran pastor and speaker Nadia Bolz-Weber, I hastened to my dictionary this week to look up that word, “pining.” She wrote a blog post about it because it struck her that the word usually means longing …

allsaintsadminSermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(Susanna 31-44)+Psalm 34:1-9+Titus 3:4-7+Matthew 1:18-25 What do you think of when you hear the word “angel?” What images does that word conjure for you? I imagine for a lot of people, it’s a cute and chubby little baby-looking agent of Cupid with wings and a bow and arrow, just waiting to cause love to blossom. Or maybe it’s the Angel …

allsaintsadminSermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 11, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(Ruth 4:11-17)+Psalm 78:1-8+Galatians 4:1-7+Matthew 1:1-16 Who are your people? Where do you come from? Growing up in a small town in Eastern North Carolina, my family was something of an anomaly: we were from somewhere else, and there were no grandparents or aunts and uncles or cousins living within shouting distance. Kinship was, and still is, important in my hometown, …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 11, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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(Isaiah 54:1-8)+Psalm 113+Hebrews 11:8-13+Luke 1:5-17, 24-25 After those days, Elizabeth his wife conceived, and she hid herself for five months. (Luke 1:24) What an odd little detail for Luke to include here. We know Elizabeth’s story, at least the part that describes her as barren. Given that the inability to have children was always seen as a problem for the …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 1:1-5+Psalm 8+Romans 8:18-25+Matthew 24:32-44 It is hard, if not impossible, to accurately describe giving birth if you have not experienced it. This is not a knock on those who have not borne children, but it is one of those things that, because it is so difficult to tell someone what it feels like, we have to resort to metaphor …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas