Monthly Archives: June 2019

No Turning Back – Sermon on Luke 9:51-62 for Pentecost +3

June 30, 2019

When I was a little girl, my hometown replaced the old municipal swimming pool. It was about time. The filtration system in the old pool didn’t work very well, and the water was murky. The pool was too small for our growing community, and the diving board was … not safe.

So after an entire summer with no swimming pool, we suddenly had a new, up to date facility with twice as much area as the previous pool and not one, but three diving boards. The diving area was deep enough now to accommodate a true ‘high dive’ board, as well as two smaller ones. Kids lined up in a constantly moving stream to jump off the lower boards, but the high dive was reserved for serious divers only. Continue reading

For Sam

You cannot hurry Death, or make it wait.

It will come when it is ready, not a moment sooner.

Even after all the prayers are said, and all the permissions given,

Even after the sins are absolved,

and the Bread and Cup have been received one last time,

Even then,

Death takes its own time.

“Not yet,” Death whispers.

Soon, but not now.

Death will slip in the door when you aren’t looking.

While you doze beside the deathbed, or turn to adjust a pillow.

Just when you’ve relaxed and thought to yourself,

“He seems to be getting better – is that possible?”

Or just as someone else calls your name and you look away …

Death will come,

Stealing the last breath as you wait for the next one and realize (too late)

He’s already gone.

Adopted Heirs – Confirmation Sermon on Romans 8:14-17 for Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday/Confirmation Sunday
June 9, 2019

One of our most basic needs as human beings is the need to belong. Small children cling to their parents. Teenagers want to belong to the right group of friends. As adults, we look for places where we know we will be accepted, places where people understand us, places we can call home. We all need to belong. The question is, where will we find that need satisfied? Continue reading

Unanswered Prayer – Sermon on John 17:20-26 for Easter 7C

June 2, 2019

We are caught in a time warp. This is the Sunday when we celebrate Christ’s ascension into heaven, as we heard in the reading from Acts a few moments ago. But it is also the final Sunday in the season of Eastertide, and throughout this season we have been listening to Jesus’ talk with his disciples on the night before his crucifixion.

On the one hand, we should be looking up into the heavens as the resurrected Christ returns to his Father. On the other hand, we are still in the upper room, and the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday haven’t happened yet. We are caught in a time warp between pre-crucifixion and post-resurrection. Continue reading