Sermons from July 2017

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The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12A): July 30, 2017


Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Five times in today’s gospel reading Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like…” When we add to that his statement about the scribe trained for the kingdom of heaven we get six short parables crammed into twelve verses, all so clipped as to be almost in code. It’s clear […]

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11A): July 23, 2017


Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 Today we could have gone on exploring seeds and gardening, as Matthew continues in his 13th chapter, but I find myself drawn to the story of Jacob and his dream. Dreams are remarkable things. They can haunt us, they can bring back memories, they can […]

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9A): July 9, 2017


Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45: 11-18; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 How was your Fourth of July? I hope you enjoyed time with family and friends – maybe a cookout? Or fireworks? Or James Taylor? Whatever you did, I hope you enjoyed the day—and I hope you took some time to stop and think […]

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8A): July 2, 2017


Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42 We are on three-year cycle of readings for our worship, so when I sit down to write a sermon I often look back three or six years ago to see what I preached at that time – sometimes I am still focused on the same passages and […]