Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 11, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 30:1-8, 17-19+Psalm 71:1-6+(2 Corinthians 1:8-11)+Matthew 6:9-13 As something of a history nerd, I occasionally take a stroll through some of the important historical documents that are part of our story as the United States of America. I read the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July along with Frederick Douglasses’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth …

ASEPSermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 11, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 4, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 27:1-3, 8-12+Psalm 94:1-15+(James 2:8-13)+Mark 7:14-23 I am sure that many of you have heard about the “Twinkie defense.” It’s a term coined by the press during the trial of Dan White for the murder of San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone back in 1979. White’s attorneys never claimed that he was on some kind …

ASEPSermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 4, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 28, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 25:14-19,23-25,32-34,42-43+Psalm 37:1-2,7-11,16,35-40+(Galatians 5:13-21)+Luke 19:1-10 We certainly have some characters in our readings for this morning. Except for Jesus and maybe Abigail, none of these people are the kind you’d really want to bring home to dinner. Except if you’re Jesus, but I’ll get to that in a bit. At this point in our David story, he is not …

ASEPSermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 28, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 21, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 14:49-51, 18:17-21, 29+Psalm 31:1-7+(Romans 13:8-10)+Mark 12:28-34 There have been very few people in my life, even those I have never met in person, who influenced my life of faith more than Frederick Buechner who died this week at the age of 96. Even if you haven’t read any of his books or essays, you will likely recognize his …

ASEPSermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 21, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 14, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 17:55-18:9+Psalm 47:1-2, 5-9+(Hebrews 1:1-9)+Matthew 5:33-37 Poor Saul. Those of you of a certain age will recall the comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s line, “I don’t get no respect,” and I think this could apply to Saul, too. Except that, for the first king of Israel, it wasn’t a source of laughter. Well, maybe there was laughter, but at his expense. …

ASEPSermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 14, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 7, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 17:1-7,12-16,24-27+Psalm 10:1-14+(Romans 8:31-39)+John 10:11-16 It’s one of the oldest stories in the book: the underdog takes on the heavy favorite and triumphs. Maybe it started with David and Goliath, but everyone from Shakespeare and Henry V defeating the French at Agincourt on St. Crispin’s Day to the Hickory High School Huskers winning an improbable state basketball championship in …

ASEPSermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 7, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 31, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 15:1-3, 8, 10-17, 24-25+Psalm 146+(Revelation 1:4-6)+Mark 6:14-29 Every three years in the cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary, a plan of Sunday readings followed by most Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant churches throughout the world, there is a series of four Sundays that are drawn from the 6th chapter of John, known as the “Bread Discourse.” It’s all …

ASEPSermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 31, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 24, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 9:1-3, 15-18+Psalm 22:23-31+(1 Corinthians 4:8-13)+Luke 19:11-27 This parable that Jesus just told might sound familiar. It’s commonly known as the parable of the talents, a talent being a measure of money. But that’s Matthew’s version, not Luke’s. In fact, the one we read today is from Luke, and it never appears in the lectionary. And if you are …

ASEPSermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 24, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 17, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 8:1, 4-18+Psalm 71:1-4+(Acts 17:1-7)+John 6:14-20 Samuel tried to tell them. He tried to warn the people of Israel that they didn’t really want a king. Kings are bad news. He told them. They’ll draft your children to fight endless wars and tax you mercilessly to fund their extravagant ways. They’ll take the best of your crops and your …

ASEPSermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 17, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 3, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 2:12-17,22-25+Psalm 49:1-2,5-9,16-17+(1 Timothy 6:6-16)+Luke 16:10-13 Today’s Hebrew scripture reading could be labelled “Men Behaving Badly.” Whether it’s the sons of Eli or Eli himself, they don’t come off looking too good. You may recall that Eli was the priest of Shiloh, descended from Aaron, responsible for the worship life of the people of Israel. This was in the …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 3, 2022 – the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas