Sermons for October 2020

For Such a Time as This

Today’s sermon, strangely enough, is organized in four distinct sections: The King, Esther, God and us. Let’s begin with The King. The Book of Esther is a work of historical fiction. It’s also a scathing satire, mocking King Xerxes, and critiquing the whole enterprise of empire. The King is portrayed as a ridiculous, inept and… Read More

Acts 9–10

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found. ‘Twas blind but now I see.” This ancient trope of being able to see after a time of blindness suffuses our own spiritual experiences. “Amazing Grace” is one hymn Americans, regardless of belief, all still… Read More

The People Who Know How to Say Thank You

In Braiding Sweetgrass, indigenous author and ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer describes her father’s ceremony of gratitude. Each year when she was growing up, their family camped in the Adirondacks for the whole summer. “I can picture my father,” she recalls, in his red-checked wool shirt, standing atop the rocks above the lake. When he lifts… Read More