Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 18, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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2 Samuel 7:1-14a+Psalm 89:20-37+(Ephesians 2:11-22)+Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). Jesus’s words to the disciples could very well have been words spoken to me as Tim and I retreated last week to a house in the woods along the Hudson River. It was a sublime week of doing …

ASEPSermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 18, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 27, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;Lord, hear my voice. (Psalm, 130:1) Out of the depths, David laments the deaths of Saul and his son Jonathan. Out of the depths, a father begs for help for his sick daughter. Out of the depths, a woman who has been bleeding for 12 years dares to approach this …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 27, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 20, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 17: 1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49+Psalm 9:9-20+(2 Corinthians 6:1-13)+Mark 4:35-41 I once overheard Tim in conversation in a social setting – I don’t recall when or where or what the occasion was, but what he said took me aback. He said, “One thing you should know about my wife is that she will always be on the side of …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 20, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 13, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 15:34-16:13+Psalm 20+(2 Corinthians 5:6-17)+Mark 4:26-34 I love it when we get to this part of the parables. I know I’ve told you before what an incompetent gardener I am, so when Jesus – I mean Jesus – says that someone scatters some seed and then goes about his business, night and day, and somehow that seed sprouts and …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 13, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 6, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15+Psalm 138+(2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1)+Mark 3:20-35 I imagine that you could approach any adult person in this country and ask them if they are satisfied with how the government is working for them, and no matter their political persuasion they are likely to say, “not very well.” At best. Government is too big/too small. Government provides too many/too …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 6, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, May 23, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Ezekiel 37:1-14+Psalm 104:25-35, 37+Acts 2:1-21+John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 I brought my Hoboken Fire Department Chaplain’s helmet with me today. I wonder if any of the children might be able to guess why? Today is the Feast of Pentecost, and it comes every year 50 days after the resurrection. The word Pentecost means “fiftieth.” Easy to remember right? It is also the …

ASEPSermon for the Day of Pentecost, May 23, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 16, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 1:15-17, 21-26+Psalm 1+1 John 5:9-13+John 17:6-19 Thoughts and prayers. It’s a phrase we often hear in response to some great sadness or tragedy, but lately, it has been used far more cynically. Thoughts and prayers are not enough if they are a cover for inaction on, for instance, gun violence. Thoughts and prayers are not sufficient as a response …

ASEPSermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 16, 2021 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 10:44-48+Psalm 98+1 John 5:1-6+John 15:9-17 I am not much of a gardener. I enjoy digging in the dirt from time to time and planting bulbs and annual flowers and such, but I am just so bad at it that it seems nothing short of a miracle when I plant something that actually survives. This spring, it has brightened my …

ASEPSermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 8:26-40+Psalm 22:24-30+1 John 4:7-21+John 15:1-8 Back in 1980, long before the drinking of fine wine was something anyone could do and not just the wealthy and supposedly cultured, my former brother-in-law, Harry, purchased a parcel of land in the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley south of Portland, Oregon. At the time, only 800 acres or so of land …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 4:5-12+Psalm 23+1 John 3:16-24+John 10:11-18 In some ways, coming to Good Shepherd Sunday on the 4th Sunday of Easter each year creates a bit of scriptural whiplash. Up to now, we have been hearing about the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus to the women and the remaining eleven disciples, but this foray back to the 10th Chapter of John takes …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas