Sermon Archives

February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday

The vocabulary for sin The psalm appointed for Ash Wednesday is Psalm 51. It is one of the seven penitential psalms in the psalter and it resonates with us as we hear it in the liturgy. It begins as follows … Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your […]

February 10, 2013

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

It’s the listening that counts! Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with him, […]

February 3, 2013

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

I recently received an e-mail containing nothing except a short quote from George Burns. “The secret of a good sermon”, it said, “is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.” I notice that the message was also sent to several of my colleagues, […]

January 27, 2013

3rd Sunday after The Epiphany

Gathered around the Word And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and […]

January 20, 2013

2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

Watch the words and see On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, […]

January 13, 2013

1st Sunday after the Epiphany

There is a brass plaque set on the wall of Westfield House, overlooking the shared grounds it shares with our congregation in Cambridge. I shall recount its story. In 2005, an Old Testament specialist, named Deomar was called to be a tutor at Westfield House. In fact he had lived there while doing his PhD […]

January 6, 2013

The Festival of The Epiphany

What a crazy thing to do?! Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to […]

December 30, 2012

1st Sunday after Christmas

After All the Excitement When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer […]

December 25, 2012

Christmas Day

Not Your Average Birth at All May the joy of Jesus’ birth bring you peace and hope. A blessed Christmas to each one of you! We know the story or at least we’ve heard it so many times, sung it so often, seen it in so many nativity scenes, posted so many Christmas cards yet […]

December 23, 2012

4th Sunday of Advent

Whom to believe? 1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us! 3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be […]

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