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Christmas Eve and Day, December 25, 2013  Peace cannot happen when people are subjugated to others even if no direct conflict exists.

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 2013 Divine activity was taking place in the world.

Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2013 We are known by our gratitude, our commitment and our behavior.

Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, 2013  Judgment is good.

First Sunday of Advent, December 1, 2013  Prepare by being awake and alert in daily life.

Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King, November 24, 2013  Jesus could not save others if he saved himself.

Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, November 17, 2013  False messiahs play on people's fear and make deciding who is right and wrong very difficult.

Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, November 10, 2013  They are to put on their "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelets and do it.

All Saints, November 3, 2013   Prof. Patricia G. Bleicher

Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost, October 27, 2013  Comparisons are dangerous; we need to leave judgment to God.

Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost, October 20, 2013  Prayer is not just talking to and listening for God, it is doing God's work of seeking justice in the world.

Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost, October 13, 2013  A man's gratitude changes his life forever. Giving money away does not put a H-O-L-E in us, making us more vulnerable; rather it makes us W-H-O-L-E.

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 29, 2013 We are called to cross the chasm between the rich and poor by opening the gates of our hearts in compassion and welcome.

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 22, 2013 Jesus calls all money "dishonest wealth" because it promises more than it can deliver.  

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 15, 2013  We are called to party.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 8, 2013  Can we separate ourselves from the things that separate us from God?

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 1, 2013 The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington has shown us how far we have -- or rather have not -- come at getting people seats at the table.

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 25, 2013 - God's love is a fiery embrace 

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 18, 2013 - People of the Cloud.  Prof. Patricia G. Bleicher

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 11, 2013     The Rev. Anne Michele Turner

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 4, 2013 - St. Augustine said "God gave us people to love and things to use and we must not confuse the two." 

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, July 28, 2013 -  Be shameless, pester God and talk!  The Rev. Anne Michele Turner

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 21, 2013 - Jesus is not concerned with Martha's busyness but with her distraction.

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 14, 2013 Being a good Samaritan means helping our neighbors, the stranger and even our enemy.

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 7, 2013 Being part of the kingdom of God that is growing in the world is to be vulnerable.

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, June 30, 2013  Violence will be used against Jesus, but Jesus is not a man that uses violence. 

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 23, 2013 Are we going to move forward with team Jesus or stay
stuck in team Status Quo?

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 16, 2013  Really Paying Attention  (Doris Page guest)

Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 9, 2013 Jesus' compassion brings us new life.

Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 2, 2013  - Bishop Goff's sermon not available 

Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2013  We should rejoice in the midst of suffering because it can give us hope.

Pentecost, May 19, 2013     Pentecost didn't just happen once.

Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2013 Flat impossible -- (sermon by Prof. Patricia G. Bleicher)

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2013  They say home is where the heart is....Where is Jesus' home?

Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2013 Jesus wanted to show them how to show forth God's glory after he was gone.

Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 21, 2013 Without a relationship with the good shepherd we are like jigsaw puzzles with pieces missing.

Third Sunday of Easter, April 14, 2013  They had been changed too much by being Jesus' disciples to ever go back again. 

Second Sunday of Easter, April 7, 2013 The voices of the past speak to the ears of the future to encourage them to believe.

Easter, March 31, 2013 What it took for the disciples to believe was an encounter with the risen Christ.

Good Friday, March 29, 2013 Is it possible that he could love me, after all I've done.

Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013 On the series “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, there is a character named Data.  Data is an android....[He] would have a lot of trouble with Palm Sunday.

Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 17, 2013  We are called to an extravagant faith by God.

Fourth Sunday in Lent March 10, 2013 We can't earn our salvation and that should set us free from any anxiety about doing it right.

Third Sunday in Lent March 3, 2013  The problem with violence and accidents is that there is no explanation, and people want meaning in their lives.

Second Sunday in Lent, February 24, 2013  Abraham believed God is not just about intellectual assent but about active trust.

First Sunday in Lent, February 17, 2013   Lent is the time when we face the fact that, though we have the same tools Jesus did to help us repel the devil's advances, we often do not do so.

Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013  Lent is not a fun season.

Transfiguration Epiphany 5 February 10, 2013  We need the transfiguration as a model of how we in our communities of faith can be transfigured by God's love at work among us.

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany February, 3, 2013  Speaking the truth in love is a dangerous thing.

Third Sunday after the Epiphany January 27, 2013   Our unity does not mean uniformity. To be a body the church cannot merely tolerate diversity, it must celebrate it....Differences must be held in tension and worked with to make the church function properly.

Second Sunday after the Epiphany January 20, 2013  God makes God's presence known by giving us the very best.

Baptism of Our Lord, January 13, 2013  Prayer makes room for good things to happen. 

The Epiphany, January 6, 2013  We can learn some lessons from the wise men: Keep Christ as the object of your devotion; give him the best that you have; and let your life take a new direction.