Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 4, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 20:1-4,7-9,12-20+Psalm 19+Philippians 3:4b-14+Matthew 21:33-46 Beginning on Friday at sundown, our Jewish neighbors are in the midst of the festival known as Sukkot which takes place every year five days following Yom Kippur. It is named for the huts or temporary structures that the Israelites, wandering in the desert, constructed for shelter. There are specific instructions about using branches for …

ASEPSermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 4, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 27, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 17:1-7+Psalm 78:1-4,12-16+Philippians 2:1-13+Matthew 21:23-32 Like a broken record, we return to the Israelites wandering in the desert, and they are still grumbling. Last week, it was hunger; this week, they are thirsty. It’s easy to poke fun at this crowd which seems to long for the good old days when they were slaves. But in truth, enslavement is not …

ASEPSermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 27, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 20, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 16:2-15+Psalm 105:1-6,37-45+Philippians 1:21-30+Matthew 19:1-16 Last week, we heard the great story of the Exodus, liberation of the people of Israel from 400 years of slavery in Egypt. More than a million people with all of their household goods and their animals and all the rest followed Moses and Aaron and Miriam through the Red Sea and into the wilderness …

ASEPSermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 20, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 13, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 14:19-31+Psalm 114+Romans 14:1-12+Matthew 18:21-35 But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left (Exodus 14:29). The Exodus, freedom for the people of Israel following 400 years of slavery, is a formative moment in the history of a people and a nation. God liberated the …

ASEPSermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 13, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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