A Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 9:36-43++Psalm 23++Revelation 7:9-17++John 10:22-30 Many years ago, there was a documentary on PBS, maybe it was Nova or Nature or one of those programs, about the Maasai people of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. And in one scene – the only one I actually remember – it is nighttime in the Ngorongoro Crater. A canopy of stars covers the …

ASEPA Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

A Sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 9:1-20++Psalm 30++Revelation 5:11-14++John 21:1-19 Peter and Paul. Paul and Peter. Their names go together like Mutt & Jeff, Linus & Lucy, Sonny & Cher, vanilla & chocolate. There are more churches in the world named for Saints Peter and Paul than perhaps any other. Their Feast Day is shared on June 29th, even though each has his own day …

ASEPA Sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

A sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 5:27-32 ++ Psalm 118:14-29 ++ Revelation 1:4-8 ++ John 20:19-31 When last we heard from John’s gospel, it was Easter morning at dawn, and Mary  Magdalene discovered the tomb empty with angels sitting where Jesus’s body had been, and then she mistook Jesus for the gardener until he spoke her name. After that, she hurried to preach to the disciples …

ASEPA sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

A Sermon for Easter Day, April 21, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 65:17-25 ++ Psalm:1-2, 14-24 ++ 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 ++ John 20:1-18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord…(John 20:18) Now it is done. Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can …

ASEPA Sermon for Easter Day, April 21, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Good Friday, April 19, 2019 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 52:13-53:12 ++ Psalm 22 ++ Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9 ++ John 8:1-19:42 His name, according to John, was Malchus. He was a servant or slave of the high priest, not even worth naming in the other Gospel accounts of Jesus’ arrest. It’s interesting that John gives him a name but does not, as Luke does, have Jesus heal the ear …

ASEPSermon for Good Friday, April 19, 2019 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 12:1-14 ++ Psalm 116:1, 10-17 ++ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ++ John 13:1-7, 31b-35 After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table,  he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  (John 13:12) On April 7, 1994, the first killings began in what would be a 100-day-long …

ASEPSermon for Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 50:4-9a ++ Psalm 31:9-16 ++ Philippians 2:5-11 ++ Luke 19:28-40 Jerusalem – the City of God’s Peace. I’m not sure there has ever been a time when this holy city has been at peace, and certainly not on the day we now know as Palm Sunday but, in the time of Jesus, was the day pilgrims began to arrive …

ASEPSermon for Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 43:16-21 ++ Psalm 126 ++ Philippians 3:4b-14 ++John 12:1-8 One day a plain village woman driven by love for her Lord recklessly poured out a valuable essence disregarding the scorn. And once it was broken and spilled out a fragrance filled all the room, lie a pris’ner released from his shackles, like a spirit set free from the tomb. …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 31, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Joshua 9:5-12 ++ Psalm 31 ++ 2 Corinthians 5:16-31 ++ Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found. (Luke 5:32) There was a woman who had two sons. The younger son was artistic and sensitive, suffered from mental illness …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 31, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 3:1-15 +++ Psalm 63:1-9 +++ 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 +++ Luke 13:1-9 Why do bad things happen to good people?  What did this person do wrong that received this diagnosis?  Why does God allow evil to flourish? What did the worshippers in the mosques in Christchurch do to deserve what happened to them? Or those who died in Cyclone Idai …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas