Trinity Lutheran Church

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Sermons

December 16, 2018 Advent 3

A few weeks ago my clergy colleagues and I were cracking each other up, sharing a meme on Facebook, based on today’s Gospel reading. The context of it was the whole “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” thing, a faux controversy that riles people up for no discernible reason. In the past, we clergy have often…

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December 9, 2018 Advent 2

December 2, 2018 Advent 1

Happy New Year! No, I did not skip a page in my calendar and think it’s now January. In the church, our new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a peculiar way to begin a year, don’t you think? It doesn’t start with The Big Event: we don’t start our new…

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November 11, 2018

One hundred years ago today, World War One, “The Great War,” “The War to End All Wars,” ended. At 11:00 (at Trinity) Walter Leino will ring Trinity’s bell, as part of a great state-wide chorus, to mark this auspicious anniversary. 100 years since the Armistice, the end of hostilities, the hope of a peace to…

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November 4, 2018 All Saints Sunday

I read this week that the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh where the synagogue shooting occurred is the same community in which Fred Rogers lived and worshiped. So it is, literally, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. I don’t know if he rubbed off on them while he was alive, but the stories I’ve heard about how people…

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October 14, 2018

A man runs up, throws himself at Jesus’ feet and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Notice in Mark he is not introduced as a rich man—that’s from one of the other Gospel’s renditions of this story. Nor are we told he’s young. He hasn’t been sent by the Pharisees to try…

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October 7, 2018 St Francis

As I looked back through old sermons this week, I was astonished to discover I have never done a St. Francis sermon here before—not even in the year when St. Francis Day fell on a Sunday! It made me so glad that I had decided to do so this year, because Francis is so much…

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September 30, 2018

I want to start by saying that I sat down to write my sermon on Friday morning, still disturbed by the things the Ford/Kavanaugh hearings had stirred up in me and in people I love and care about. People who, most days, are confident they have put that pain behind them, only to have it…

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September 30, 2018

I want to start by saying that I sat down to write my sermon on Friday morning, still disturbed by the things the Ford/Kavanaugh hearings had stirred up in me and in people I love and care about. People who, most days, are confident they have put that pain behind them, only to have it…

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September 23, 2018

I spent a lot of time on the road this week, traveling around northern Maine to conduct some interviews as part of the Diocese of Maine’s Living Local, Joining God venture. I enjoyed hearing what congregations had learned from this process of listening to their neighbors and responding to what they heard. I particularly appreciate…

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