Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 28, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 22:1-14+Psalm 13+Romans 6:12-23+Matthew 10:40-42 What are we to do with this reading from Genesis? We have seen over the past couple of weeks how God fulfills the covenant with Abraham by giving him a son, Isaac, long after Sarah was of an age to bear children. We heard Sarah’s laughter. We witnessed Hagar’s cries as she and Ishmael were …

ASEPSermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 28, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 21, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 21:8-21+Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17+Romans 6:1b-11+Matthew 10:24-39 Her name was Hagar. All we know of her is that she was an Egyptian and enslaved to Sarah. Early in the Abraham narrative, the patriarch and matriarch go down to Egypt to escape a famine, so we might assume that Hagar came back with them, but we don’t really know. The first we …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 21, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 14, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7+Psalm 116:1, 10-17+ Romans 5:1-8+Matthew 9:25-10:23 I don’t often tell anyone what to or not to do in order to avoid consequences from God. Yes, I do counsel and preach and occasionally have pointed out sinful behavior, but I’ve never said to anyone to stop doing something or God’s going to come after you. Well, I’m going to …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 14, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 1:1-2:4a+Psalm 8+2 Corinthians 13:11-13+Matthew 28:16-20 Trinity Sunday. This first Sunday after Pentecost is always devoted to a theological doctrine first put forward in the 3rd c. by Tertullian, a Church Father from northern Africa. It’s the only Principal Feast on our calendar that is not about an event or about people. The other Principal Feasts – Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, …

ASEPSermon for Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, May 31, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 2:1-21+Psalm 104:25-35, 37+1 Corinthians 12:3b-13+John 20:19-23 In the Upper Room, the risen Jesus breathed his life-giving Spirit on the disciples, giving them an authority once only ascribed to God to forgive or retain the sins of others. Those same disciples gathered on the Festival of Shavuot, Pentecost, when a mighty rush of wind came upon them with flames of …

ASEPSermon for the Day of Pentecost, May 31, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 1:6-14+Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36+1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11+John 17:1-11 Every year on this Seventh Sunday of Easter, the Sunday after the Ascension, our lectionary gives us a portion of John 17 as our gospel. In this Year A, we start at the very beginning of the chapter known as Jesus’s high priestly prayer. It’s the last thing he has to offer …

ASEPSermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Ascension Day, May 21, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 1:1-11+Psalm 93+Ephesians 1:15-23+Luke 24:44-53 Ascension feels different this year. The readings of Jesus leaving his disciples for the last time sound different this year. The shifting sand on which the disciples have stood for the past forty days and on which we seem to stand, too, has finally given way. Their friend died a brutal death. Then he rose …

ASEPSermon for Ascension Day, May 21, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 17:22-31+Psalm 66:7-18+1 Peter 3:13-22+John 14:15-21 The 1st epistle of Peter is principally a letter of encouragement for Christians facing persecution. It was not written to one community in particular like many of the letters of Paul, so it is known as a catholic epistle, written to all Christians. In fact, it is only in this letter and a couple …

ASEPSermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 7:55-60+Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16+1 Peter 2:2-10+John 14:1-14 Whenever I am leading a bible study and often in my preaching, I remind participants and listeners to always read whatever part of the bible they are studying in the context of what surrounds it. Most of us to not have time to take a deep dive into the cultural, sociological, political, and …

ASEPSermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Acts 2:42-47+Psalm 23+1 Peter 2:19-25+John 10:1-10 Every year on this 4th Sunday of Easter, we get a shepherd story. This day is popularly called “Good Shepherd Sunday” because of this, based on verse 11 of this chapter when Jesus calls himself just that, the Good Shepherd. It can be a challenge to preach on this theme year after year, because, …

ASEPSermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2020 – the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas