Risky Business: a sermon

Thankful Memorial, ChattanoogaJuly 11, 2021Year B, 7 Pentecost, Proper 10 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19Psalm 24Ephesians 1:3-14Mark 6:14-29 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “David danced before the Lord with all his might.”  Just picture it.  With the sounds of trumpets, cymbals, tambourines and castanets, David…

In Unity of Spirit: A Sermon

Thankful Memorial, ChattanoogaJune 27, 2021Year B, 5 Pentecost, Proper 8 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27Psalm 1302 Corinthians 8:7-15Mark 5:21-43 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. The texts from Scripture that we read this Sunday are interesting and rich, but seem completely unrelated to one another.  The…

Magic Eye Gospel: a sermon

Thankful Memorial Episcopal ChurchJune 13, 2021Year B, 3 Pentecost, Proper 6 1 Samuel 15:24-16:13Psalm 202 Corinthians 5:6-17Mark 4:26-34 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak…

Monarchy Envy: a sermon

Thankful Memorial, ChattanoogaJune 8, 2021Year B, 2 Pentecost, Proper 5 1 Samuel 8:44-20Psalm 1382 Corinthians 4:13-5:1Mark 3:20-35 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Next year Queen Elizabeth II will have reigned in England for 70 years. Thinking of that fact, I confess to feeling a…

Thankful Together and Sent: a sermon

Thankful Memorial, ChattanoogaMay 30, 2021Year B, Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6:1-8Psalm 29Romans 8:12-17John 3:1-17 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “In the year King Uzziah died…” So begins the sixth chapter of Isaiah. But before we can go on we need a reminder of the context…

I Stand with Palestine

Below is the text of the speech delivered at the Solidarity for Palestine Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 23, 2021. In April of 1948, my grandparents were told that if they didn’t flee their home in Haifa, Palestine, they would likely be killed.  My Teta told me the story: how armed gunmen of a Jewish…

Not Of This World

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, May 16, 2021 Year B, 7 Easter Listen to an audio of this reflection here Acts 1:15-17, 21-26Psalm 11 John 5:9-13John 17:6-19 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. At first…

Friends of Jesus

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, May 9, 2021 Year B, 6 Easter Listen here to an audio recording of this reflection Acts 10:44-48Psalm 981 John 5:1-6John 15:9-17 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. On Mother’s…

When God Loves First

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, May 2, 2021 Year B, 5 Easter Listen here for an audio recording of this reflection Acts 8:26-40Psalm 22:24-301 John 4:7-21John 14:1-8 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Mothers’ Day…

A Piece of Broiled Fish

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, April 18, 2021 Year B, 3 Easter Listen to an audio recording of this sermon here Acts 3:12-19Psalm 41 John 3:1-7Luke 24: 36b-48 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Although…