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Sep09

Sermon: Sunday, September 6, 2015

September 6, 2015 (Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 18) Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 James 2:1-10, 11-13, 14-17 Mark 7:24-37 (From The Lectionary Page) As I stand here this morning, new to this community of faith, I realize how incredibly lucky I am. Four weeks ago I began a new journey as the President and CEO for Episcopal Community Services. I was excited to continue my anti-hunger work through the Kansas City Community Kitchen, the Episcopal Hunger Relief Network and the innovative Culinary Cornerstones Training Program. The past four weeks have challenged me, inspired me and reignited my passion for my...

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Sep01

Moving to a Higher Ground

August 30, 2015 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 17) Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (From The Lectionary Page) Welcome back to the Gospel of Mark! After an extended journey through John’s Bread of Life chapter, we find ourselves, today, back in Mark’s Gospel, right smack in the middle of Mark, where, as you just heard, there’s an argument going on. Jesus is being rebuked by some critics. They’re complaining because his disciples are not observing the traditions and laws of purification. They didn’t wash their hands before they ate! Sounds a little bit...

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Aug10

Stepping Out of the Boat

August 10, 2014 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 14) Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 or 1 Kings 19:9-18 Psalm 105, 1-6, 16-22, 45b or Psalm 85:8-13 Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33 (From The Lectionary Page) How often have you spoken of someone who, it seemed, could do no wrong, as “walking on water”? It seems that great athletes or heads of state, or military leaders have had this ability attributed to them. While individuals have been described this way, we know it’s not taken seriously. It’s all in fun because–let’s face it—people can’t walk on water, at least ordinary people. And that’s exactly the...

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Jun22

Life is Difficult

June 22, 2014 (Second Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 7) Genesis 21:8-21 or Jeremiah 20:7-13 Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 or Psalm 69: 8-11, (12-17), 18-20 Romans 6:1b-11 Matthew 10:24-39 (From The Lectionary Page) The writer, Scott Peck, was a psychiatrist who wrote from a religious point of view. Before his death a number of years ago, he wrote many books. His best known work was, of course, The Road Less Traveled. I think I became “hooked” on Scott Peck when I read the opening line of TRLT. It says, quite simply: “Life is difficult.” This great truth comes as no surprise to...

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Feb16

Our Dirty Laundry

February 16, 2014 (Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany) Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Matthew 5:21-37 Psalm 119:1-8 Read Service Bulletin: 8:00/10:15 a.m. • 5:00 p.m. (From The Lectionary Page) O Christ, we sit at your feet and listen for your word that speaks to our lives. Amen. When I was a boy there was a house we always wanted our parents to drive by on our way to the beach. It was a large, well-appointed house located in a tony New York suburb. The house was from the same family of better homes as those off Ward...

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Jan09

Two Things

Thursday, January 9, 2014 (Funeral for R. Crosby Kemper, Jr.) Wisdom of Solomon 3: 1-5, 9 Psalm 91 Psalm 23 1 Timothy 6: 6-12, 17-19 “…do good, be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up the treasure of a good foundation for the future, taking hold of the life that really is life.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19 Today we gather to celebrate the life of R. Crosby Kemper, Jr.; a man always recognized for his booming voice and large physical bearing and presence, yet often underappreciated for his caring and loving heart, of equally large measure....

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Dec11

The Prophet Mandela

December 8, 2013 (Second Sunday of Advent) Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12 Read Service Bulletin: 8:00/10:15 a.m. • 5:00 p.m. (From The Lectionary Page) Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. “Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets . . .” More than one of its greatest leaders, the world lost one of its greatest prophets this week when Nelson...

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Oct14

An Act of Gratitude

October 13, 2013 (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 23) Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 or 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c Psalm 66:1-11 or Psalm 111 2 Timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 Read Service Bulletin: 8:00/10:15 a.m. • 5:00 p.m. (From The Lectionary Page) Source of our being, Gracious Donor of our Days, give us humble and grateful hearts. Amen. I once worked with a visionary leader and fund raiser who used to say, “You need to thank people at least nine times.” The culture of gratitude and thanksgiving this man put into practice worked wonders. It inspired compassion and generosity. It gave birth to...

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Oct14

Tell me what to do, Lord!

October 6, 2013 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 22) Lamentations 1:1-6 or Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137; or Psalm 37:1-10 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 Read Service Bulletin: 8:00/10:15 a.m. • 5:00 p.m. (From The Lectionary Page) A week ago in this place we kept the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. It is not a day on the radar for most people. It is just September 29th. But, the first of October, maybe after this year, is a day that we might remember. I greeted some of our Cathedral staff that day, wishing them a...

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Sep23

Why did God create Episcopalians?

September 22, 2013 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 20) Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 or Amos 8:4-7 Psalm 79:1-9 or Psalm 113 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Luke 16:1-13 Read Service Bulletin: 8:00/10:15 a.m. • 5:00 p.m. (From The Lectionary Page) Here is a question from the Catechism of the Real Life Church of God. “Why did God create Episcopalians?” “Somebody has to buy retail.” Today you and I are offered such a deal. Jesus tells a parable, that when we hear it and wrestle with its counterintuitive message, can put us all in a better place—where in effect, it is as if you and...

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Sep22

Lost and Found

September 15, 2013 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 19) Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 or Exodus 32:7-14 Psalm 14 or Psalm 51:1-11 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 Read Service Bulletin: 8:00/10:15 a.m. • 5:00 p.m. (From The Lectionary Page) Parables can be so vexing. Biblical scholar, Eugene Peterson, calls them “narrative time bombs.” Take today’s reading from Luke: here we have two little stories about loss and looking for what has been lost: these are two of Jesus’ better known parables. The first is about a shepherd who cares for 100 sheep and loses one. He searches for the one until he...

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Sep08

Hate and Love

September 8, 2013 (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 18) Jeremiah 18:1-11 Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 (From The Lectionary Page) You may have heard the story of a boss who led his office team out of the World Trade Center twelve years ago on September 11th. The story of Ron Fazio’s quick and deliberate response that tragic day is one of the many stories gathered by StoryCorps, an organization with the stated mission “to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.” Connie Labetti told of...

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Sep01

What Do You Do?

September 1, 2013 (Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 17) Jeremiah 2:4-13 or Sirach 10:12-18/Proverbs 25:6-7 Psalm 81:1, 10-16 or Psalm 112 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14 (From The Lectionary Page) “What do you do?” Everyone present this morning has heard this question. It comes up at receptions and parties, in restaurants, in taxi cabs, while standing in line, and at back-to-school nights. It is asked of us by relatives, neighbors, and total strangers. And, we have asked it of others. “What do you do?” This is a top opener question. It’s a way to get a conversation going. It...

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Aug25

The Bent-Over Woman

August 25, 2013 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 16) Jeremiah 1:4-10 or Isaiah 58:9b-14 Psalm 71:1-6 or Psalm 103:1-8 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 (From The Lectionary Page) Shortly before entering seminary, my friend, Jane, was in a serious car accident. She sustained a painful leg injury, requiring her to use crutches for several months. She was also in chronic pain for a long time. When she requested a room on the ground floor of her seminary, she was told that the school did not encourage people “like her” to attend their institution. I found this rather ironic. A seminary, designed to...

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Aug18

The Race

August 18, 2013 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 15) Isaiah 5:1-7 or Jeremiah 23:23-29 Psalm 80:1-2, 8-18 or Psalm 82 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56 (From The Lectionary Page) Motivation is a good thing. It can change a day, and it can change a life. Eleven years ago I was challenged by a friend to do a two day, two hundred mile bike ride. I’ve liked to get out and ride ever since I learned to balance a behemoth balloon tire bike and wobble down a dirt country road. The two-hundred-miler seemed like a good idea to me, though I had...

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