Sermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020, 5:00 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 We did not include in the bulletin the title of the children’s pageant we’ve just seen. I mean, a Christmas pageant is about the birth of Jesus, right? It doesn’t need a title! But this one does, in fact, have a name, and it is this: A Night Like No Other Night. The first narrator …

ASEPSermon for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m. – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16+Canticle 15 (The Magnificat)Romans 16:25-27+Luke 1:26-38 Like many of you (at least I hope like many of you), Tim and I watched the Mile Square Theater production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” last weekend, the radio-play enacted on stage except recorded by the characters separately and pieced together in a video production. It was a unique and …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11+Psalm 126+1 Thessalonians 5:16-24+John 1:6-8, 19-28 “Who are you?” In the gospel for this morning, this is the question asked of John by the religious authorities who were sent out into the desert to question him. “Who are you?” This is long after shepherds and Mary and Joseph and angels and wise men. But it is before Jesus …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 40:1-11+Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13+2 Peter 3:8-15a+Mark 1:1-8 “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” Those are some audacious words. For an evangelist who spends a good part of his gospel telling people to keep the identity of Jesus a secret, that he came out with that right at the beginning is pretty astounding. In …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 64:1-9+Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18+1 Corinthians 1:3-9+Mark 13: 24-37 It might seem a little odd to start a new Church year, transitioning from Matthew’s gospel to Mark’s, and to be plopped down two-thirds of the way through the story. Next week, we get the beginning of Mark, but today we find ourselves in what is called Mark’s “little apocalypse.” Jesus has …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Last Sunday after Pentecost, November 22, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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What kind of a God do you believe in? Do you believe in a God who is watching our every move to trip us up and cast us into the inferno, or do you believe in a God who is “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15)? Do you believe in a God who plays …

ASEPSermon for the Last Sunday after Pentecost, November 22, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, November 15, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Judges 4:1-7+Psalm 123+1 Thessalonians 5:1-11+Matthew 25:14-30 There’s a bit of a disconnect between our walk through the Hebrew scriptures that we have been on since early summer and today. Suddenly, we are in the era of the Judges, those wise leaders in Israel before there were kings. After Joshua and his generation died out, the people forgot who they were …

ASEPSermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, November 15, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, November 8, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25+Psalm 78:1-71 Thessalonians 4:13-18+Matthew 25:1-13 We had a little bit of a break in our walk through the Pentateuch last week on All Saints Day, but when last we dropped in, we were at the end of Deuteronomy where Moses dies and the mantle passes to Joshua. This morning, we are in the 24th chapter of Joshua, and, …

ASEPSermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, November 8, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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November 9, 2020 One day this week between election day and the official announcement of the results, a friend of friends, born Dutch and living in England, with whom I am connected on social media posed the following question: To my (rather disproportionate amount of) clergy friends in the US and elsewhere – what does a ministry of reconciliation look …

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Sermon for All Saints’ Day, November 1, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Revelation 7:9-17+Psalm 34:1-10, 22+1 John 3:1-3+Matthew 5:1-12 What does it mean to be blessed? A lot of people will share photos of a new home or a new car or a vacation destination with the hashtag blessed. New job? Financial windfall? Day on the golf course? #blessed. Do you ever wonder about all those people who don’t have the new …

ASEPSermon for All Saints’ Day, November 1, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas