Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 6, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 12:1-14+Psalm 149+Romans 13:8-14+Matthew 18:15-20 A couple of weeks ago, I told you that I wished I had just told you to watch the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in order to fill in some of that story when our lectionary skipped a few chapters during the Joseph narrative. Well, this week, my recommendation would have been the …

ASEPSermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 6, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 30, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 3:1-15+Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c+Romans 12:9-21+Matthew 16:21-28 When last we saw Moses, he was a baby, pulled from the Nile River by pharaoh’s daughter and destined to be raised in pharaoh’s household. Between then and this week’s reading from the beginning of the third chapter of Exodus, Moses has grown up and, somehow understanding that he belonged to the Hebrews …

ASEPSermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 30, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 23, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 1:8-2:10+Psalm 124+Romans 12:1-8+Matthew 16:13-20 On Tuesday of this week, our country marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guaranteed women the right to vote. Of course, this guarantee was not available to all women, as Black women particularly continued to be disenfranchised through poll taxes and literacy and citizenship tests until …

ASEPSermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 23, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 16, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 45:1-15+Psalm 123+Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32+Matthew 15:21-28 I came this close to sending out a message this week to all of you to tell you to watch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1972 classic musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Our lectionary skipped eight chapters between last week and this one, and the musical would have been a very entertaining way to …

ASEPSermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 16, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 9, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28+Psalm 105:1-6,16-22,45bRomans 10:5-15+Matthew 14:22-33 Many of you know that I am the youngest of six children. Like many youngest children, my older siblings will tell you stories about me that are absolutely not how I remember things being when I was young. They will tell you that I was spoiled, that I got to do things they were …

ASEPSermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 9, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 2, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 32:22-31+Psalm 17:1-7, 16+Romans 9:1-5+Matthew 14:13-21 In our wanderings through the book of Genesis, we are hitting the high points, the major stories, but there are some details that get left out that are, in my estimation, rather important. We are only three chapters beyond where we were last week, but an awful lot has happened between then and now. …

ASEPSermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 2, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 26, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 29:15-28+Psalm 128+Romans 8:26-39+Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Good things come to those who wait. Or so they say. When last we encountered Jacob, he had had a mountaintop experience, dreaming of a ladder with angels going up and down and God telling him that he would have descendants without number and land beyond measure. And he called that place Beth-el – …

ASEPSermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 26, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 19, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 28:10-19a+Psalm 139:1-11, 22-23 Romans 8:12-25+Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 I am not a farmer. I’m not very much of a gardener, either. I consider it a minor miracle when something I have planted actually breaks through the ground and becomes a plant or a flower. The crowd to whom Jesus tells the story of the weeds and the wheat probably knew …

ASEPSermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 19, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 12, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 25:19-34+Psalm 119:105-112+Romans 8:1-11+Matthew 13:1-9. 18-23 Families can be complicated. When last we were with Isaac, he saw his intended wife from afar, he loved her, and he took her to his mother’s tent. Fast forward to today when we learn that the two have been married for twenty years, and once again, the promise, God’s covenant that a nation …

ASEPSermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 12, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 5, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67+Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Romans 7:15-25a+Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Our journey through the book of Genesis brings us a great story this morning. On the surface, it’s just about a man in search of a wife. But there are layers that bear exploring here, so we’re going to do just that. You will remember that Sarah gave birth …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 5, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas