Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 11, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 4:32-35+Psalm 133+1 John 1:1-2:2+John 20:19-31 Ten years after Mother Teresa of Calcutta/Kolkata died in 1997, a volume of her letters was published which shocked those who knew anything about this woman who had devoted her life to serving the most marginalized and vulnerable citizens of one of India’s poorest cities for half a century. In these letters, written over …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 11, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sunday of the Resurrection, or Easter Day, April 4, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 25:6-9+Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24+Mark 16:1-8 …and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. (Mark 16:8) That’s it? This is how the greatest story ever told actually ends? “They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid?” Seriously? Matthew has the Great Commission and Luke the Road to Emmaus. John has Mary Magdalene and so-called “Doubting” Thomas. But Mark …

ASEPSermon for the Sunday of the Resurrection, or Easter Day, April 4, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Great Vigil of Easter, April 3, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 1:1-2:4(a)+Psalm 36:5-10+Exodus 14:10-15:1+Canticle 8+Ezekiel 37:1-14+Psalm 31Romans 6:3-11+Psalm 114+Mark 16:1-8 Twice each year, at least in non-COVID times, we gather here in this space as evening falls, candles flickering, lights dimmed, and read the story of our salvation. For Advent Lessons and Carols, we hear those parts of the Hebrew scriptures, our Old Testament, that Christians have come to believe …

ASEPSermon for the Great Vigil of Easter, April 3, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Holy Saturday, April 3, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24+Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16+1 Peter 4:1-8+Matthew 27:57-66 In the very early days of the Church, when people who thought about such things tried to figure out how to explain who Jesus was and what his life, death, resurrection, and ascension mean, they had a challenge in figuring out just what was going on while Jesus’s crucified body lay in …

ASEPSermon for Holy Saturday, April 3, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Good Friday, April 2, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 52:13-53:12+Psalm 22+Hebrews 10:16-25+John 18:1-19:42 You should have seen the crowds of people. I mean it’s always like this at the festivals, but this year, it felt, I don’t know, different. All the priests, those connected with the temple, they were all very tense, edgy this time. I serve the High Priest, so they certainly don’t tell me anything, but …

ASEPSermon for Good Friday, April 2, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Mark 11:1-11+Psalm 118:1-2.19-29Philippians 2:5-11+Psalm 31:9-16+Mark 14:1-15:47 Given the texts that we read for the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, it is easy to see this as the fulfillment of messianic prophecy. The part about the messiah coming in humility on a colt comes straight out of the prophet Zechariah (9:9). The shouts of hosanna and “blessed is the one who comes …

ASEPSermon for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 21, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Jeremiah 31:31-34+Psalm 51:1-13+Hebrews 5:5-10+John 12:20-33 Over the past couple of weeks, those of us who are so inclined did our homework, studied the entries, checked out the possibilities of future match-ups, and filled out our brackets with meticulous care, hoping not to have the bracket busted in an early loss. I am talking, of course, about Lent Madness. (If you …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 21, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 14, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Number 21:4-9+Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22+Ephesians 2:1-10+John 3:14-21 Almost six years ago in a tour of the seven churches mentioned in the Revelation to John in what is now Turkey, we – Tim, me, and several traveling companions – visited the northernmost of those ancient cities, Pergamum. One of the ruins we visited here was the Asklepion, the temple for healing, named …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 14, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 7, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 20:1-17+Psalm 19+1 Corinthians 1:18-25+John 2:13-22 What do you do when you get angry? Maybe more importantly: what is it that makes you really angry? Before you get suspicious of the question and think that I’m going to tell you that you shouldn’t be getting angry at all, that it’s a sin, I assure you that I would need to …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 7, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, February 28, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16+Psalm 22:22-30+Romans 4:13-25+Mark 8:31-38 One of the blessings of this pandemic has been the accessibility of art, music, culture, lectures, and other experiences that we would not otherwise be able to enjoy without spending money to get there, buying tickets, and taking the time to do so. So much is available through Zoom and other streaming sites, and …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, February 28, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas