Sermons by Rev. Cathlynn Law

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The Politics of Gratitude or Gratitude as Grace

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We are in a two week sermon series on Gratitude – using Diana Butler Bass’s book: Grateul: The transformative Power of Giving Thanks.  Have you ever been in a gratitude loop of saying or expressing thank you.  One of my clergy colleagues, Elizabeth Ingram Schindler told this story in a sermon, of visiting in a friend’s […]

Gratitude: The Power of Giving Thanks

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Some of you are aware that I am attending the Academy for Spiritual Formation that meets once a quarter for a week at San Damiano, a Franciscan Conference Center. At the Academy every morning we would open our hoarse voices with a song phrase – O God open our lips, and we shall declare your praise. […]

Blind Bartimaeus

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Pillars of the Church: Justice

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The summer before my senior year in college, I had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica for a six—week mission trip providing a structure for VBS and camp. In those days, my theology was still forming, and hopefully still is, but I am a bit embarrassed to admit how excited I was to save hearts […]

Pillars of the Church: Prevenient Grace

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When I asked for feedback about the pillars of the church, someone responded:  Mine would be ACCEPTANCE. Our congregation has open arms, minds, welcoming essence for anyone who walks through the door.  We’ve had less-than-elegant transwomen, queer couples, POC, and others come through our doors–all are welcomed. Dennis the Menace cartoon: There is one I […]

Hospitality

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1 John 4:19: “We love because God first loved us.”  3 John 1.8  “We ought to show hospitality to people so that we may work together for the truth”.  Romans 12:13: “Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.” 1 Peter 4:8–9 says, “Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another.” Offer hospitality to one another […]