Hope

I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 Exactly two weeks ago today a lone man walked into a small church in Texas and opened fire on the 52 persons gathered for worship. This is not a sermon on either the positive nor negative aspect of owning a gun but rather about the people who died there that

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All Saint Sunday: Living Our True Selves

The parables we have uncovered these weeks of the later season of Pentecost are ones that invite us into being servants, but servants who lead others. We cannot be that servant, that leader, if we are like the Pharisees of Jesus’ focus. Teachers who are hypocrites who say one thing and do another. We all

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Coins

Matthew 22:15-22 If we all were to take out a coin, looking on each side, we notice an image and words. Constant reminders of who we honor, of what we hold dear as citizens of this country. On the coin Jesus asks to see is the image of Caeser Augustas ruler, autocrat, dictator. Offensive to

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The parable of the Landowner

The gospel of Matthew for this day is the parable of the landowner, leasing his vineyard to tenants who then deal treacherously with both slaves and son who come to collect the produce at the end of the growing season. Jesus points the finger at the scribes and Pharisees, who though very thorough in their

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