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October 11, 2020: Year A, Pentecost 19, Proper 23

Matthew 22:1-14 & Philippians 4:1-9  I read an article this week that pretty much blew up my understanding of this story. What if the king in the story isn’t God? And the son, whose wedding everyone is supposed to attend, isn’t Jesus? That’s what we all have been taught over the years, right? We go […]

October 4, 2020: Year A, Pentecost 21 Proper 22

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-22 I must say that I have been waiting for months to preach a sermon that wasn’t so overburdened with the current events of the day or the week. Today is no different. It’s almost like every day is trying to outdo the one before with worse news. Fires are still burning […]

September 27, 2020: Year A Pentecost 17, Proper 21

Matthew 21:23-32 The main characters in today’s gospel story are a couple of real stars aren’t they? They are the kind of kids I’d rather not acknowledge as my own. The second son reminds me of the child who is asked to bring in the groceries and he “promises” to do it. When you go […]

September 20, 2020: Year A Pentecost 19 Proper 20 Matthew 20:1-16 What if we look at this Gospel story in a very different way this morning? Most people read this Gospel story and look at it this way – they see the landowner as God; and a God who works in ways that don’t fit with our sense of being rewarded for hard […]

September 13, 2020: Year A Pentecost 15, Proper 19 Matthew 18:21-35 I was out at church yesterday getting some things for today, and as I was driving home I had Spotify on the radio. I am a geek for 80s pop music! And the first song that came up as I drove out of the parking lot was Phil Collins singing, “How many […]

September 6, 2020: Year A Pentecost 14, Proper 18 Matthew 18: 15-20 Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost Sermon by Dr. Lisa Ozaeta Today, I want to talk about Radical Love. I love this part of the lectionary. We get to see Jesus teaching, telling parables, and performing miracles. When we get to this week’s reading. It feels different. It seems like it just a […]

August 30, 2020: Year A, Pentecost 13, Proper 17 Romans 12:9-21 Yesterday’s Forward Day by Day, a little booklet that offers a daily meditation, posted these words on their Facebook page… “No one ever said following Jesus would be easy.” No kidding! Following Jesus is a hard thing almost every day. And our reading from Romans has had me stewing over that all […]

August 23, 2020 Year A: Pentecost 12, Proper 16 Matthew 16: 13-20 As I was doing my homework for this sermon I ran across a couple of comments made by others in my profession. The first one was simply to acknowledge that today is the 24th Sunday of Coronatide!  That’s 20 weeks longer than Advent and 17 weeks longer than the season of […]

August 9, 2020; Year A Pentecost 10, Proper 14 Matthew 14:22-33 The 5000 are fed and there are twelve baskets left. And the next sentence is, “immediately Jesus made the disciples get in the boat and leave for the opposite shore.” Did they take the food with them? Why did Jesus ‘make’ them go? The Greek makes it sound like he forced them…and […]

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