Sermons for September 2012

Wise Community

On a rainy, cold day last April, our family wandered into St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City. St. Paul’s is an historic church perched on the edge of ground zero. Today’s bulletin cover features its steeple. Until our visit that day, I had not heard the story of the church’s building being left unscathed… Read More

Wise Living

How many people have seen the Disney movie Brother Bear? It begins with a story being told around a fire. “This is a story from long ago, when the great Mammoths still roamed our lands. It’s the story of my two brothers and me.” The narrator goes on to tell the story which begins with… Read More

Wise Tongues

To begin today’s sermon, I want to talk with the children. Would all the children raise your hands? Where are you? Now stick out your tongues! Today our reading from James reminds us that our tongues are very powerful. He says that we use them to bless God – to sing, to pray. But we… Read More

Wise Generations

I want to begin by telling you a story: The Hungry Coat, by Demi. It begins like this: “Once upon a time in Turkey there lived a funny, little wise man named Nasrettin Hoca. He wore a huge, white turban and a worn-out coat made of patches upon patches.” (Quotations are from the children’s book… Read More

Wise Doing

“Be doers of the Word and not merely hearers who decieve themselves.” Be doers. Oh, but we are doers, aren’t we? We are doing all the time; often, more than one thing at a time. So many people I talk to feel overwhelmed with their responsibilities and exhausted by the pace of life. Work or… Read More