Sermons from October 2018

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Blind Bartimaeus


At the beginning of this section in Mark, we are told that Jesus and his disciples are on THE WAY in Mark 8:27. The earliest Christians were called “followers of the way.” They are approaching the end of their travels. They’re at Jericho, on the edge of Jerusalem. It is on the way that the disciples […]

Samhain & Dia de los Muertos


As we prepare to celebrate All Saints’ Worship next Sunday, I want to highlight what some call “The trinity of days of Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls” from October 31 – November 2. For some, it is a sacred space in the turning of the year—what Celtic people call a thin place, where past, […]

THE Rich Young Ruler


Jesus is “on a journey” walking urgently from place to place. This wealthy man runs to catch up, approaches Jesus with reverence, kneels, and questions Jesus about eternal life..  He did all the right things.  He was righteous and blameless.  He has so much, and now wants even more. Jesus’ reply is abrupt. Jesus tells the man that he […]

World Communion Sunday & Children’s Sabbath


Confluence of events -Gospel lectionary passage for today  Mark 10:13-16 includes this short passage “Let the Children Come to Me”; it’s World Communion Sunday; October is the month for the national observance of Children’s Sabbath – uniting all faiths in shared concern & common commitment to improving children’s lives; it’s a Sunday when the kids are staying […]