Sermon for Ascension Day, May 21, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 1:1-11+Psalm 93+Ephesians 1:15-23+Luke 24:44-53 Ascension feels different this year. The readings of Jesus leaving his disciples for the last time sound different this year. The shifting sand on which the disciples have stood for the past forty days and on which we seem to stand, too, has finally given way. Their friend died a brutal death. Then he rose …

ASEPSermon for Ascension Day, May 21, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 17:22-31+Psalm 66:7-18+1 Peter 3:13-22+John 14:15-21 The 1st epistle of Peter is principally a letter of encouragement for Christians facing persecution. It was not written to one community in particular like many of the letters of Paul, so it is known as a catholic epistle, written to all Christians. In fact, it is only in this letter and a couple …

ASEPSermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 7:55-60+Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16+1 Peter 2:2-10+John 14:1-14 Whenever I am leading a bible study and often in my preaching, I remind participants and listeners to always read whatever part of the bible they are studying in the context of what surrounds it. Most of us to not have time to take a deep dive into the cultural, sociological, political, and …

ASEPSermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 2:42-47+Psalm 23+1 Peter 2:19-25+John 10:1-10 Every year on this 4th Sunday of Easter, we get a shepherd story. This day is popularly called “Good Shepherd Sunday” because of this, based on verse 11 of this chapter when Jesus calls himself just that, the Good Shepherd. It can be a challenge to preach on this theme year after year, because, …

ASEPSermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 2:14a, 36-41+Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17+1 Peter 1:17-23+Luke 24:13-35 We had hoped. I’m not sure there are any more poignant words in scripture. “We had hoped that he was the one…” (Luke 24:21). Whether we know it or not, we have all been on the Emmaus Road. We had hoped she would recover. We had hoped for a different diagnosis. We …

ASEPSermon for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 2:14a, 22-23+Psalm 16+1 Peter 1:3-9+John 20:19-31 My father, who died back in 1997, was not a man to dwell on the negative or on grief or sorrow. Perhaps he was a product of his time, growing up during the Great Depression and enlisting in the Navy at 17, but he was definitely of the “just get on with it” …

ASEPSermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Easter Day, April 12, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 10:34-43+Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24+Colossians 3:1-4+John 20:1-18 There is a window in the southwest corner of this building that is based on a verse from this morning’s gospel. In art – from Fra Angelico to Caravaggio and others – it is known as “noli me tangere,” don’t touch me. Don’t hold onto me. On this Easter Day in the midst …

ASEPSermon for Easter Day, April 12, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Good Friday, April, 10, 2020 – 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 I don’t watch a lot of television, but every now and then. I’ll take a scroll through the seemingly endless supply of channels to see if there is anything interesting to watch, just to occupy my mind for a while. Invariably – I mean about four times out of five – I’ll come across the …

ASEPSermon for Good Friday, April, 10, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Matthew 21:1-11+Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Isaiah 50:4-9a+Psalm 31:9-16+Philippians 2:5-11+Matthew 26:14-27:66 Over the past few weeks, I have sat in countless Zoom meetings with my clergy colleagues, sometimes with the bishop present, sometimes not. There has been a lot of discussion about plans to observe Holy Week and Easter during this time of pandemic when we can’t gather as a body. Many …

ASEPSermon for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29th, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Ezekiel 37:1-14+Psalm 130+Romans 8:6-11+John 11:1-45 We are in the midst of some rather lengthy stories from the fourth gospel, and this one has its particularly difficult moments as well as breathtakingly astonishing ones. While we can take this story of the raising of Lazarus all in one piece, I find it helpful to consider it as a play in three …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29th, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas