Sermons from March 2017

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The Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 26, 2017


1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23. Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Believe it or not, we are on the downhill side of Lent now – I think the Fourth Sunday in Lent marks the inevitability of Holy Week. The Church fathers and mothers thought so too – they marked this Sunday as Laetare Sunday – that term […]

The Second Sunday in Lent: March 12, 2017


Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans: 4:1-5, 13-17; John: 3:1-17 “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Well, that’s the way the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible translates this loaded statement from Jesus. If your frame of reference is anything like mine, however, […]

The First Sunday in Lent: March 5, 2017


Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Each year we begin the season of Lent with the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. This year (Year A in our three-year cycle) we hear the story from Matthew’s gospel. Last year we heard it from Luke, and it was very similar to what […]

Ash Wednesday: March 1, 2017


Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Theologian Alyce McKenzie tells a story about a father who sent his 7-year-old daughter to clean up her room during Saturday morning family chore time. She emerged from her room after five minutes and said to him, “I’m done. Can I watch TV?” Suspicious, […]