Thanksgiving Service by Matthew David Morris

Lessons: Deuteronomy 8:7-18 Psalm 65 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Luke 17:11-19 I begin this homily by giving honor to the Chinook, Clatskanie, Cowlitz Kalapuya, Sillamook, Siletz, and Yakama people, and to the many other tribes and bands of First Nations people whose original lands we occupy in Oregon. Their stories and histories are a part ofContinue reading “Thanksgiving Service by Matthew David Morris”

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Amos 5:18-24 Psalm 70 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 25:1-13   * Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream. We are gathering this morning in the wake of a mass shooting in our country. It is America. It’s 2017. And so these are words that I could reasonably use toContinue reading “Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

All Souls & All Saints (transferred) Sunday by The Rev. Martin Elfert

  Lessons: Micah 3:5-12 Psalm 43 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Matthew 23:1-12 I met Donald Grayston for the first time at a party almost a quarter of a century ago. And I remember it vividly. Don had this generous energy and a wide smile to match it– a smile in which he opened up his mouthContinue reading “All Souls & All Saints (transferred) Sunday by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost by Matthew David Morris

Lessons: Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:7-14 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46 There is a temptation to linger in the details of a saint’s life in search of a clue for how we might become more holy. If we crack the code of any given saint, perhaps we might know — at last — how to become theContinue reading “Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost by Matthew David Morris”

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Jeremiah 15:15-21 Psalm 26:1-8 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 Some variation on the story that we just heard appears in all three Synoptic Gospels, in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Luke shortens the story considerably, omitting the startling anger of Jesus’ reaction to Peter: in Luke, Jesus’ words, “Get behind me, Satan!” are gone from thisContinue reading “Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Isaiah 51:1-6 Psalm 138 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20   One of the several stylistic elements that distinguishes scripture from contemporary writing – say from a contemporary novel – is that almost nothing in it is superfluous to what we might call the core message of a given passage. The authors of scripture, in otherContinue reading “Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

The Feast of the Transfiguration by The Rev. Maureen Hagen, Deacon

Lessons: Exodus 34:29-35 2 Peter 1:13-21 Luke 9:28-36 Psalm 99 or 99:5-9 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, *             O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Invite. Encounter. Send. Happy Feast of the Transfiguration! I hope you managedContinue reading “The Feast of the Transfiguration by The Rev. Maureen Hagen, Deacon”

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