Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, February 21, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 9:8-17+Psalm 25:1-9+1 Peter 3:18-22+Mark 1:9-15 Much as there has been a lot of discussion among my clergy colleagues about how to do or not do ashes on Ash Wednesday (as I mentioned in my homily on Wednesday evening), there has been an equal amount of chatter about the observance of Lent. Usually, it goes something like this: “My people …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday in Lent, February 21, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Homily for Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 58:1-12+Psalm 103-8-142 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10+Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Shortly after the Christmas season ended, if not a little before, clergy network social media took off with possible strategies for the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. Everything from little containers of ashes for home use to COVID-test-length Q-Tips to make the sign of the cross at a distance were suggested, as …

ASEPHomily for Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 14, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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2 Kings 2:1-12+Psalm 50:1-6+2 Corinthians 4:3-6+Mark 9:2-9 Even though we are in the depths of winter with Lent looming on the horizon, there are a few things that I usually look forward to this time of year. One is the Westminster Dog Show which should be starting tomorrow over in Madison Square Garden but is postponed until June and moving …

ASEPSermon for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 14, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 7, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 40:21-31+Psalm 147:1-12, 21c+1 Corinthians 9:16-23+Mark 1:29-39 I love Mark’s gospel. It is the shortest of all of them. Mark (kind of like me) is always in a hurry to get to the next thing, using the word “immediately” 41 times. Yet, even in the rush to get through his telling of the story, he often provides little, easily-missable details …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 7, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, January 31, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Deuteronomy 18:15-20+Psalm 111+1 Corinthians 8:1-13+Mark 1:21-28 Imagine that you are sitting in church – yes, that’s a stretch these days – and I have just finished reading the gospel. As I move to return the gospel book, somebody  we’ve never seen before stands up and starts talking about what I have just read. Before I have a chance to interrupt, …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, January 31, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 24, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Jonah 3:1-5, 10+Psalm 62:6-14+1 Corinthians 7:29-31+Mark 1:14-20 This has been a big news week in our country. We surpassed 400,000 deaths from COVID and had the first nationwide event to commemorate that on the eve of the inauguration.  Dr. Fauci has been unmuzzled. Hammerin’ Hank Aaron died. There was, of course, the inauguration of the 46th President of the United …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 24, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 17, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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1 Samuel 3:1-20+Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-17+1 Corinthians 6:12-20+John 1:43-51 For most of my adult life (indeed for most of my life, period), I never imagined that I would live in New Jersey. Having spent 30+ years living in the Philadelphia suburbs, the idea of living in New Jersey was unthinkable. Except for the little oasis that is Princeton where my …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 17, 2021 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, December 27, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 61:10-62:3+Psalm 147:13-17+Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7+John 1:1-18 It has long been my custom on the morning of Christmas Eve to tune into the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols from the chapel at Kings College in Cambridge, England. Normally, I listen while engaged in the flurry of preparations for services that evening, and the music and readings and prayers of Lessons …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, December 27, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Christmas Day, December 25, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 62:6-12+Psalm 97+Titus 3:4-7+Luke 2:8-20 Of the many things that happened in 2020, one usually significant  event is the decennial census. Every ten years, every person living in the United States is to be counted according to Article 1, Section 2 (later amended) for the purposes of representation and taxation. I’m sure you know that is not an easy task …

ASEPSermon for Christmas Day, December 25, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020, 9:00 p.m. – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 9:2-7+Psalm 96+Titus 2:11-14+Luke 2:1-14 One of my favorite things this time of year is to open the mailbox to find Christmas cards from  friends all over the world, people I have met over the course of my life who I may not see very often, but hearing from them at Christmas gives me such joy. A lot of these …

ASEPSermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020, 9:00 p.m. – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas