Sermons from February 2018

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The Spirit intercedes with Sighs too deep for words

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What consolation to know that the Spirit interprets our very thoughts and feelings with deep groanings. We sigh and groan, waiting to be made whole, our hearts to be healed.  References to breath or breathing appear frequently in the Bible. It is a powerful symbol of the life-giving presence of God.  Genesis 2:7- “Then the […]

Bat Kol – The Still, Small Voice of God

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We enter the story after Elijah runs away from Jezebel who has threatened revenge upon him. We enter the wilderness with Elijah.  Elijah figured that a God as mighty and powerful as YAHWEH would be revealed in the power of the world around him.  An amazing wind shatters the mountain, followed by an intense earthquake, […]

Transfiguration

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At least once a year in liturgical fashion, we climb a mountain with Jesus, and Peter, James and John on Transfiguration Sunday, the threshold between the liturgical season of Epiphany and the beginning of Lent. Does anyone really understand rationally what happened that day on the mountaintop as Jesus is transfigured with clothes appearing dazzling, […]

Unclean Spirit

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The Gospel of Mark has no birth story. We begin with Jesus being blessed and baptized by John, hearing a voice, “You are my beloved Child; with you I am well pleased!”  Immediately the Spirit drove Jesus into a 40-day temptation in the wilderness, then a trip to the Sea of Galilee where he begins […]