Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Sermon for Christmas Eve

December 24, 2019

We had such a great crowd for this service. Preaching was a joy and in that wonderful way that sermons sometimes go, I ended up hearing things in my own sermon that I did not know I was going to say.  I love Christmas with its blurring of divine and human........

You can listen to the sermon here.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Sermon for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

September 1, 2019

Luke 14:1,7-14

The Gospel for this Sunday worked better for St. Aidan's day than the one appointed for St. Aidan.  Aidan's island community on the Isle of Lindisfarne, provided a new look at Jesus' story about the host who invites his guest to "come up higher."  You can listen to the sermon here.  

Monday, July 8, 2019

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

July 7, 2019

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

I have long wondered what do we mean when we talk about the good news of Jesus Christ.  We all seem to mean different things when we use that familiar term.  An answer came to me as a bit of a surprise in today's gospel reading. 
 You can listen here.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

A Sermon for Easter Morning

April 21, 2019

This year, what is speaking to me is community, and how we can be connected to God and others in ways we are not always aware of.

Listen to the Easter Sermon

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 31, 2019

I was hoping to get to talk about sin during Lent, but Lent really isn't about sin.  Maybe another time. What Lent is about is love that fills in when we run out of resources.  You can listen to this week's sermon here.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent

March 24, 2019

Exodus 3:1-15

"I am the God of 'Father of many.' I am the God of 'He will laugh.' I am the God of 'He supplants."  

We hear God often described as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Do we remember when we hear those names that they are all embedded in story, in the experience and journey of those they describe.  The God who is calling Moses today is the God of story, of their stories and of our stories.  Remembering that God is part of all our stories may help us to think about God as near and involved in ways we might otherwise miss.  I invite us all into a bit of a Lenten meditation by asking, what might your name be in the language of your God story?  JB

You can listen to Sunday's sermon here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

February 17, 2019

Luke 6:17-26

I ran across this passage from Clarissa Pinkola Estes in her introduction to Joseph Campbell's, Hero With a Thousand Faces. 
It filled me with hope for healing a torn world.  

She tells us about the ancient Hebrew concept of Tikkun Olam. which she says
… a daily, perhaps hourly commitment to a way of right conduct, a form of living meditation, a kind of contemplative pragmatic.  Giving one’s attention and resources to repairing that part of the world that is right before you, precisely within your spiritual, psychological, and physical reach.  
…and according to soul’s sight, not ego’s alone.  

I understand the artful methods of tikkun olam, handed down generation to generation, to be of the most simple and humble kind: the spiritual insight that has enough of a glowing heart behind it to see beneath the suffering of things; to care for others beyond oneself; to translate suffering into meaning; to find the edges of hope, and to bring it forward with a plan; a willingness to find insight through struggle; an ability to stand and withstand what one sees that is painful; and in some way, to gentle the flurry; to take up broken threads as well as tie them off; to reweave and mend what is torn, to patch what is missing; to try for perception far beyond the ego’s to-often miniscule understanding.  

You can listen to Sunday's sermon here.