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

Lessons: Isaiah 53:4-12Psalm 91:9-16Hebrews 5:1-10Mark 10:35-45 Here we are. Here we are, together. Just like we planned. We last worshipped in this space, together, what was it? Two weeks ago, three weeksago? And now everything is back to normal. Right? Well, that was how it was supposed to go. I remember us saying to oneContinue reading “Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Deuteronomy 18:15-201 Corinthians 8:1-13Mark 1:21-28Psalm 111 What do you expect it to be like when you meet Jesus? And then: what is it like when you actually meet Jesus? We are early on the Gospel of Mark. Mark is the shortest Gospel, it is probably the oldest, and it is the one that tellsContinue reading “Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Second Sunday after Christmas by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Jeremiah 31:7-14 Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 Psalm 84 or 84:1-8 My public school career began a handful of years before the video cassette became commonplace. And so my early experience with watching films in a classroom featured a member of the AV Club rolling a cart with a projector on it into the room.Continue reading “Second Sunday after Christmas by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

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

Lessons: Zephaniah 1:7,12-18Psalm 90:1-121 Thessalonians 5:1-11Matthew 25:14-30 Of all the stories that Jesus tells, there are few or maybe none that I find more confusing and more troubling than the one that we just heard. This is the story that is sometimes titled in Bibles: The Parable of the Talents. And I reckon that itContinue reading “Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Jonah 3:10-4:11 Psalm 145:1-8 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 If you are listening to this sermon from California or the middle and southern part of Cascadia – Cascadia being that the massive watershed that extends from British Columbia down through Oregon – you have spent a good part of this week underneath an orange andContinue reading “Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Jeremiah 28:5-9 Psalm 89:1-4,15-18 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42   Just before the climax of a great many books and movies and plays, there is a speech that changes everything. The speech comes at halftime at the big game or on the eve of the final battle or as the ragtag bunch of misfits areContinue reading “Fourth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Trinity Sunday by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Genesis 1:1-2:4a 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 Psalm 8   I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted. I am physically exhausted, emotionally exhausted, spiritually exhausted, full of grief. There has been so much loss and hurt and anxious uncertainty during this pandemic. To use the particular example of church, the appearance ofContinue reading “Trinity Sunday by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

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