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

Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, December 1, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 2:1-5+Psalm 122+Romans 13:11-14+Matthew 24:36-44 I don’t know if it’s because I’m a musician or I just have a quirky thought-processing unit in my brain, but I have songs running through my head all the time, and the silliest things can instantly bring to mind a song. For instance, I see a stop sign, and immediately hear Diana Ross and …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday of Advent, December 1, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Last Sunday After Pentecost, the Feast of Christ the King, November 24, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Jeremiah 23:1-6+Psalm 46+Colossians 1:11-20+Luke 23:33-43 Here on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, as we prepare to launch into Advent and Christmas just beyond, it is jarring to have a gospel reading of Jesus on the cross. We’ve been hearing texts about end-times and gloom and doom over the past few weeks, but that’s to be expected here at this time of …

ASEPSermon for the Last Sunday After Pentecost, the Feast of Christ the King, November 24, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost, November 17, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Malachi 4:1-2a+Psalm 98+2 Thessalonians 3:6-13+Luke 21:5-19 Jesus is in a mood this morning. This is not the Jesus who has a word of love and compassion, who heals the sick and plops a child on his lap. This is a Jesus who is running out of time. He’s in Jerusalem and will soon be arrested, and he has people with …

ASEPSermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost, November 17, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost, November 10, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Job 19:23-27a+Psalm 17:1-9+1 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17+Luke 20:27-38 Some of you know that I have a fairly extensive presence on social media. Part of the reason for that is to create visibility for All Saints and to promote a counter-narrative to a narrow view of what it means to be a Christian. Okay, it’s also to share pictures of my dog, …

ASEPSermon for the Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost, November 10, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for All Saints Day (observed), November 3, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18+Psalm 149+Ephesians 1:1-11+Luke 6:20-31 Several years ago, there was a seminar taught at Yale with the provocative title Christian Theology and Harry Potter. This was at a time when plenty of people were sounding the alarm that Harry Potter, the young sorcerer, only encouraged youngsters to risk their souls by exploring the dark arts and magic. I suppose …

ASEPSermon for All Saints Day (observed), November 3, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, October 27, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Sirach 35:12-17+Psalm 84:1-6+2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18+Luke 18:9-14 On our recent cruise down the Danube River, we received a daily leaflet containing the schedule for the day, information about where we were, and, in a small box on the back bottom corner, a nautical term definition. On our final day on board, that word was ‘booby trap.’ I did not know …

ASEPSermon for the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, October 27, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost, October 6, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4+Psalm 37:1-10+2 Timothy 1:1-14+Luke 17:5-10 It is really hard to tell, given the way that we read scripture in church, that Jesus is more than a little bit impatient with the boys today. Jesus has just warned them that the road will not be smooth, that whoever causes one of the little ones to stumble would be better …

ASEPSermon for the Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost, October 6, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 29, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Amos 6:1a, 4-7+Psalm 146+1 Timothy 6:6-19+Luke 16:19-31 But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things…” (Luke 16:25) Those of you who have heard me preach more than, say, once, know that, from time to time, I can be a little bit critical of the compilers of our three-year lectionary cycle. Either the readings are …

ASEPSermon for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 29, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 22, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Amos 8:4-7+Psalm 113+1 Timothy 2:1-7+Luke 16:1-13 Many years ago when I worked at Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia, one of our programs was called “Teens Taking Over,” and it was designed to help vulnerable youth from underserved neighborhoods to have a chance at success, designing their own after-school and career-development programs and connecting with mentors in the professional world who …

ASEPSermon for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 22, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas