Sermon for the Third Sunday After Pentecost, June 30, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14+Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20+Galatians 5:1, 13-25+Luke 9:51-62 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were fishermen. They worked with their father at the nets, fishing in the Sea of Galilee near the village of Capernaum, partners with another local fisherman, Simon. When Jesus called these three away from fishing so that they could fish for people (Luke 5:10), …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday After Pentecost, June 30, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, June 9, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 11:1-9++Psalm 104:25-35, 37++Romans 8:14-17++John 14:8-17, 25-27 On Wednesday of this week, I was at a meeting of the Hoboken Clergy Coalition, a body of faith leaders in this city of which All Saints was a founding member back in 1981. As is our custom, we each shared a little about what’s going on with our congregations and ministries, and …

ASEPSermon for the Day of Pentecost, June 9, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, June 2, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 16:16-34++Psalm 97++Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21++John 17:20-26 I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. (John 17:20-21) This past Thursday, the Church celebrated one of the seven major feast days in the liturgical calendar, the Ascension of Christ into heaven …

ASEPSermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, June 2, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 26, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 16:9-15++Psalm 67++Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5++John 5:1-9 Online and print media sources have been awash this week with distressing news that has affected 4.4 million people, has been the subject of pages and pages of internet chatter, and has spawned online petitions calling people to account, demanding a do-over. I am speaking, of course, of the finale of the 8thseason of …

ASEPSermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 26, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

A Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter, May 19, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 11:1-18++Psalm 148++Revelation 21:1-6++John 13:31-35 Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34b-35) There is a saying among some theologically-inclined Episcopal church people: lex orandi, lex credendi. It means that what you pray is what you believe, …

ASEPA Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter, May 19, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

A Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 9:36-43++Psalm 23++Revelation 7:9-17++John 10:22-30 Many years ago, there was a documentary on PBS, maybe it was Nova or Nature or one of those programs, about the Maasai people of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. And in one scene – the only one I actually remember – it is nighttime in the Ngorongoro Crater. A canopy of stars covers the …

ASEPA Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

A Sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 9:1-20++Psalm 30++Revelation 5:11-14++John 21:1-19 Peter and Paul. Paul and Peter. Their names go together like Mutt & Jeff, Linus & Lucy, Sonny & Cher, vanilla & chocolate. There are more churches in the world named for Saints Peter and Paul than perhaps any other. Their Feast Day is shared on June 29th, even though each has his own day …

ASEPA Sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

A sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 5:27-32 ++ Psalm 118:14-29 ++ Revelation 1:4-8 ++ John 20:19-31 When last we heard from John’s gospel, it was Easter morning at dawn, and Mary  Magdalene discovered the tomb empty with angels sitting where Jesus’s body had been, and then she mistook Jesus for the gardener until he spoke her name. After that, she hurried to preach to the disciples …

ASEPA sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

A Sermon for Easter Day, April 21, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 65:17-25 ++ Psalm:1-2, 14-24 ++ 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 ++ John 20:1-18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord…(John 20:18) Now it is done. Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can …

ASEPA Sermon for Easter Day, April 21, 2019 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Good Friday, April 19, 2019 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 52:13-53:12 ++ Psalm 22 ++ Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9 ++ John 8:1-19:42 His name, according to John, was Malchus. He was a servant or slave of the high priest, not even worth naming in the other Gospel accounts of Jesus’ arrest. It’s interesting that John gives him a name but does not, as Luke does, have Jesus heal the ear …

ASEPSermon for Good Friday, April 19, 2019 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas