The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 25, 23 October 2016

The Rev. Stephen Shaver

Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 Psalm 84:1-6 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 + + + It’s been said that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don’t. 1 Consider the Pharisee for a moment. He is not the bad guy in […]

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 9, 3 July 2016

The Rev. Michael Hiller

“Failure and Rejection” Isaiah 66:10-14 Psalm 66:1-8 Galatians 6: [1-6] 7-16 Saint Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 INI This morning we are greeted with what seems to be two almost divergent themes, and one wonders whether the framers of the lectionary haven’t treated us to the text from the last of the Isaiahs to ameliorate the possible […]

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 7, 19 June 2016

The Rev. Stephen Trever

“What is your name?” Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39 INI That is a seemingly innocuous question. It is so commonplace that the question may easily go unnoticed, as it appears nestled into this fantastic story of demons being driven from a man to a herd of swine the swine. For the fortunate majority this question is […]

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 6, 12 June 2016

The Rev. Michael Hiller privilege

Note: After this sermon was written, but before it was preached, news reached us about the terrorist attack on the gay bar in Orlando, Florida. It stunned the entire congregation into the silence of prayer and meditation. Although not mentioned in the body of the sermon, it certainly was part and parcel of my thinking […]

The Third Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 5, 5 June 2016

The Rev. Dr. Louis Weil

Father Michael’s ordination took place in the early 1970s; my own took place in the early 1960s. During the decade between the two of us, some very significant developments took place in the life of the Church: they had been simmering on the back burner for a long time, but during the decade of the […]

The Second Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 5, 29 May 2016

The Rev. Michael Hiller

“The Stranger” I Kings 8:22-23, 41-45 Psalm 96:1-9 Galatians 1:1-12 St. Luke 7:1-10 INI There is something in our culture, I think, that expects the stranger to be extraordinary or exotic. Lately we seem to be seeing strangers as interlopers and threats, and yet every day we encounter the stranger. We may not choose to […]

The Feast of the Holy Trinity, 22 May 2016

The Rev. Michael Hiller

“Wonder” Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Psalm 8 or Canticle 13 Romans 5:1-5 St. John 16:12-15 INI It is not without some sense of dread and soul searching that the preacher approaches this day. Its sermons are more thank likely rife with heresy and equivocation, and yet someone must say something on this day that honors the […]

The Day of Pentecost, 15 May 2016

The Rev. Michael Hiller

“All About the Family” Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:25-35, 37 Romans 8:14-17 St. John 14:8-17, 25-27 INI The Spirit of Slavery Paul is mindful of his Jewish congregation in Rome, but is also mindful of the Romans that they have become and that have joined with them. He asks them to look back in time from […]

The Sixth Sunday of Easter, 1 May 2016

The Rev. Michael Hiller

“More than the Sabbath” Acts 16:9-15 Psalm 67 Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 St. John 5:1-9 INI John wants his readers to be acutely aware of the sign and symbols that are scattered about in his Gospel. They are not placed there by him as a literary or mythogenic device, but rather they are perceived by him […]

The Fifth Sunday of Easter, 24 April 2016

The Rev. Michael Hiller

“What God has made Clean” Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 148 Revelation 21:1-6 St. John 13:31-35 INI The first reading for this morning, in which Peter retells his experience and vision in Joppa, is a powerful one for me. It was used many years ago by the Reverend Jim DeLange, Sr. Pastor at Saint Francis Lutheran Church […]