Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, March 8, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 12:1-4a+Psalm 121+Romans 4:1-5, 13-17+John 3:1-17 My husband Tim’s Grandma Thomas used to say to her teenaged grandsons as they went out for the evening, “Remember, nothing good happens after midnight.” In the Cleveland, Ohio of the 70’s and 80’s, she may not have been far from wrong, but she also knew that people do things in the dark of …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, March 8, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, March 1, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7+Psalm 32+Romans 5:12-19+Matthew 4:1-11 Have you ever been to the wilderness? If you intend to go there, equipped with the things you will need for as long as you plan to stay, the wilderness can be a beautiful place. It looks a lot different for me to go on a day-hike outside of Tucson than it does for …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday in Lent, March 1, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Joel 2:2:1-2, 12-17+Psalm 103:8-14+2 Corinthians 4:20b-6:10+Matthew 6:1-6, 6-21 In my sermon on Sunday, I spoke of my interest in following news around the world, seeking stories about places I have a connection to or particular interest in, and I mentioned that last week was a bad news week in many parts of our world. One that I did not mention …

ASEPSermon for Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 23, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Exodus 24:12-18+Psalm 99+2 Peter 1:16-21+Matthew 17:1-9 I don’t know if it’s because I am naturally curious, or if it’s because I have had family members who, at various points over the years, have lived in such far-flung places as Baghdad and Ouagadougou and Lucknow, or maybe it’s because I have traveled overseas a lot, but for whatever reason, I am …

ASEPSermon for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 23, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 16, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Deuteronomy 30:15-20+Psalm 119:1-8+I Corinthians 3:1-9+Matthew 5:21-37 If you came to church today looking to have yourself affirmed, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you came here this morning seeking a soothing message about God loving you no matter what, you’re going to be seriously disappointed. If you came to church expecting to be able to leave here and carry …

ASEPSermon for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 16, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 9, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 58:1-9a+Psalm 112:1-9+I Corinthians 2:1-12+Matthew 5:13-20 I don’t remember much about the chemistry I learned as a sophomore in high school. Sure, I thought it was clever to go around telling friends to drink more dihydrogen monoxide or asking someone to pass the C12H22O11, also known as sugar. And then there was sodium chloride, NaCl, salt. One thing I do …

ASEPSermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 9, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, February 2, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Malachi 3:1-4+Psalm 84+Hebrews 2:14-18+Luke 2:22-40 It is the custom here at All Saints, somewhere on or around the Third Sunday of Advent, to have our children present the Christmas story, the pageant. It is certainly one of the highlights of the season, and it is one of the rare opportunities our young people have to proclaim the Good News in …

ASEPSermon for the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, February 2, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 26, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 9:1-4+Psalm 27:1, 5-13+1 Corinthians 1:10-18+Matthew 4:12-23 Back in 1995, my life was in a shambles. My marriage had come to an end, I suffered the first really serious period of depression in my life, I was very poor, and all in all, life was pretty bleak. Into the midst of this disaster, I heard a voice. It was not …

ASEPSermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 26, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 19, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 49:1-7+Psalm 40:1-12+1 Corinthians 1:1-9+John 1:29-42 There was a news story that captured headlines one year ago in November, at least for as long as headlines last these days, when missionary John Chau was killed by residents of a remote North Sentinel Island as he attempted to convert them to Christianity. He had been warned not to go. This was …

ASEPSermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 19, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

Sermon for the First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 12, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas

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Isaiah 42:1-9+Psalm 29+Acts 10:34-43+Matthew 3:13-17 On most Saturday nights, I head to bed by 9:00 or 9:30 to read for a bit before falling asleep, resting up for an early alarm clock and three services with all of you on Sunday morning. Tim is not quite so inclined to go to bed early, so it has become his custom to …

ASEPSermon for the First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 12, 2020 – The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas