Sermons & Series

Marilu Thomas
February 26, 2017

Surrounded

Surrounded

The Transfiguration is a very weird story. If you don’t understand what’s going on, you are not alone. Frederick Buechner called it, ”as strange a scene as there is in the Gospels.” What mountain are they on? Why does Christ have light coming from his face? What are Moses, Elijah and Jesus talking about? What’s up […]

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January 8, 2017

Sealed and Marked

Sealed and Marked

Welcome to the year of Matthew! In the liturgical church, we have a three year cycle of gospel readings and this year is Matthew. If you’ve ever looked at the gospel of Matthew, it starts with a very long list of barely pronounceable names that are the genealogy of Jesus—names like Jehoshaphat, Rehoboam, and Zerubbabel. […]

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December 25, 2016

An Outrageous Christmas

An Outrageous Christmas

Merry Christmas! Whether you are a regular, a friend, a visitor or don’t know why you are here today, welcome. We are glad that you are spending your Christmas morning with us. Christmas morning is especially dear in our lives and we all have memories, both good and bad, of Christmas past that we carry […]

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November 20, 2016

Being Right

Being Right

I had something happen to me this week that made me deeply question whether I was right or wrong about something.  You may have heard the saying, “Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?” When I hear that, I usually think, “You don’t understand, being right makes me happy!” […]

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October 9, 2016

A Disease of Perception

A Disease of Perception

It’s complicated—that’s the best that can be said about the father/daughter relationship that has been on my mind this week. The father inherited a big company and the daughter worked with her father after he divorced her mother. They had some nasty public arguments and he seemed to be her harshest critic. The father was […]

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September 4, 2016

The String

The String

It’s Labor Day Weekend–which means you’re either knee deep in some big home project or taking one last lazy summer weekend. Or maybe both. But it also means Fall TV Premiers are coming up, the time when we get to see a new season after the cliff hangers of last season. I am not really […]

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August 7, 2016

All American

All American

I love watching the Summer Olympics! My favorites are the women’s gymnastics, the swimming and diving—mainly because I could never do any of that. These men and women are the physical gods of our time, the result of a lifetime of pain and sacrifice, human beings reaching for the divine. In that vein, one Olympic […]

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June 12, 2016

The Juice

The Juice

I want to tell you the story of a great athlete and the boy who looked up to him. The athlete was a legendary football player- one of the all time greats. In one of his first college football games, he ran a 64-yard touchdown. At that same game, a 15 year old snuck in […]

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May 8, 2016

Messy Mother

Messy Mother

Happy Mother’s Day! As I stand up here I am keenly aware that I am probably the only Mother to have preached from this pulpit on Mother’s Day. It’s hard to describe the feeling—awe, joy, anxiety, gratitude, amazement, a little disbelief- all mixed together. I wonder, “How did this happen—that I am in Christ Church […]

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April 17, 2016

Regret

Regret

Maybe finally it’s Spring! Think for a moment, what do you like most about Spring? I asked a few people what they like about Spring this week and the top answers were the flowers, the bright sunshine, hearing and seeing birds, wearing sandals, feeling the warmer wind and the general, “It’s not winter.” Spring also […]

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