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The  online Facebook service is about 45-50 minutes in length, followed by a Zoom coffee hour.

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Past Sermons

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Church of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Ann Saunderson Jeremiah 11:18-20, Psalm 54, James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a, Mark 9:30-37             Good and Holy God join with us in the wonder of this new day.  There is a brightness created in community, an opportunity for illumination. May we each come alive in the word and worship, inviting new vision for our lives and community.  Amen Jeremiah, James and Jesus are our teachers this morning.  Our work is to find the holiness of these lessons from scripture and the holiness of our lives in the here and now.  Each of these biblical teachers offers a strong prophetic voice.   Walter Brueggemann states, “The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the that of the dominant culture around us.” We all have our work cut out for us as we discern who the modern prophets are that…

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The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

9/12/21, Church of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Ann Saunderson  Pentecost 19–Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 116:1-8, James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38  There are things that the old man has to do before his last day comes, the loose ends of a whole long life to gather together and somehow tie up. And one of these in particular will not let him sleep until he has done it: to call his eldest son to him and give him his blessing, but not a blessing in our sense of the word—a pious formality, a vague expression of good will that we might use when someone is going on a journey and we say, “God bless you.” For the old man, a blessing is the speaking of a word of great power; it is the conveying of something of the very energy and vitality of his soul to the one he blesses; and this final blessing of his…

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The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Ephphatha… let our ears be open, let our hearts be open. Amen It is convenient, in some sense, that this Gospel reading is actually two short stories. One could preach on one or the other. The second one is a straightforward story of healing of a deaf mute, with a fun Aramaic word. The first story can give a preacher all kinds of trouble, like indigestion. So, we will stick with the indigestion story, the first story. Why in the world would I say it could give you indigestion? (and why in the world stick with the harder story… ?) The answers are related. The story troubles many people, preachers included, for numerous reasons. First is that Jesus seems mean, surly, even nasty. This woman didn’t do anything to deserve this treatment other than not being born a Jew, and I’m not sure that being a Gentile merits this treatment.…

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The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I was born and raised Episcopalian. (Someone once pointed out that only Episcopalians add the term “cradle” to that, I’m a cradle Episcopalian. And in fact, I was placed in a cradle.) And I’m not what one would consider popish, but generally I do love this Pope, Pope Francis. I think he gets it right 99% of the time. Even still, there are times when we read something he does or say, and we make a face plant. That’s probably because everything that comes out of his mouth is analyzed to pieces. I’m probably not even a C-student when it comes to analyzing what comes out of my own mouth. All that said, this week, a friend from high school, an Orthodox Jew, shared an article critiquing the pope around some comments he had made. You might find this interesting, you might not, but essentially it revisits early statements made…

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The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I want to point out something in this Gospel passage: people complain about Jesus. These crowds are following around this iterant preacher, who stops periodically and teaches them, and they don’t like what he is saying. One could stop and wonder why anyone wants to get into the business of being a Jesus follower, of proclaiming the gospel – clergy, lay leaders, missionaries – why do we bother at all? If people are complaining about Jesus himself, then there is really no chance that the rest of us are not going to take some heat too. I think this has perhaps more to say to us than we may first realize. Let’s just start with the premise that accepting the teachings of Jesus is hard. It’s not just hard for the folks that decided they would complain about Jesus and leave. It is just plain hard. Because being Christian is…

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The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

I have a friend who is an adult convert to Christianity. She was raised in a home that was somewhere between atheist and agnostic. She said one of the hardest things about this was in high school when she did not get the Christian references in Shakespeare. Christianity is in our cultural fabric. Shakespeare was hard enough, but to have to look up all the Biblical references, made it that much harder. We may not realize this, but this referencing back also happens within the Bible itself. I had an Old Testament professor who likened this to the concept of Remixing, when a popular artist remixes an older familiar tune. Most of the time, we, members of a denomination who do not quote scripture: chapter and verse, are unaware when it happens. Sometimes we hear a remix in the New Testament readings, as a reference to a prophetic Hebrew text,…

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