Sermons from January 2019

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Jesus welcomed and rejected in his hometown


Who says you can’t go home again? It’s a Sabbath day soon after Jesus’s baptism and temptation in the wilderness. Filled with the power of the Spirit,”Jesus receives a warm welcome in synagogue after synagogue, extending to his hometown synagogue in Nazareth. An attendant hands Jesus the scroll;  and he reads from the prophet Isaiah: The Spirit […]

What Concern is that to Me?   Water Into Wine.


Until 2-3 weeks ago, I always equated Epiphany with a bright star leading the Magi with their gifts to the Christ child. And while that HAS been the emphasis of the Western Church, the Eastern Church primarily focused on two events of Jesus’ ministry in Epiphany themes – Baptism and transformation of water into wine […]

Beloved of God

Always in the liturgical year on the first Sunday AFTER Epiphany we are invited to remember the Baptism of Jesus – this recognition of being Beloved by God, how God’s favor rested upon Jesus.  And in this church, on this Sunday, the whole congregation is invited, to ponder our belovedness in God, and how God’s […]

The Magi seek the Child: Holy Non-Collaborators


We are in Year C – the 3rd lectionary cycle. Year C unfolds in the new year by giving us the story of the Magi today, the baptism of Jesus next week, and according to the Gospel of John, Jesus’ first miracle of changing water into wine on 1/20. Rev. Paul Nancarrow draws a connection […]