Sermons by OSLC

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Our identity is in God

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31 October – Reformation Day transferred to Sunday, 25 October 2020 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 46 (7) Romans 3:19-28 John 8:31-36   My first parish had a strong worship committee. So strong that when for the very first time I met Henry Poggemiller, a retired pastor in his 80s, that his first comment to me was […]

Seeing and Imagination

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Proper 24 (29), Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A 18 October 2020 Exodus 33:12-23 Psalm 99 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22   There is a quote from the Talmud, an ancient text that comments and expands on the Rabbinic law, that says, “We do not see things as they are. We see things as we […]

The Outcasts Matter

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Thanksgiving Sunday, Year A 11 October 2020 Deuteronomy 8:7-18 Psalm 65 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Luke 17:11-19   How long did the ten lepers live together? They lived in something like a leper colony in no-mans-land, far from towns and villages. They shared the same fate and because they did, they must have understood each other, […]

Heirs of the Kingdom

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Proper 22 (27), Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A 4 October 2020 Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Psalm 19 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46   There is an allegorical reading of our passage that says that God is the owner of the vineyard, the son is Jesus, and the tenants are Israel. It is a highly unlikely […]

Truthfulness and Community

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Proper 21 (26), Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A 27 September 2020 Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32   My great-grand father died when his children were young. They were a family of modest means and dad had started a coal business, as people were heating with coal in those days. So […]

Everyone Matters to God

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Proper 20 (25), Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A 20 September 2020 Exodus 16:2-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16   As the pandemic continues to effect the economy I have been counting my blessings for continuing to be employed. While many lost employment, and small business owners see their economic future threatened, I […]