Sermon: Gather Each One

9-11-w-text“Gather Each One”

(September 11, 2016) The movement of swing is a comfortable one for me, an easy, going-with-the-flow energy that is focused on how we are in relationship with God and one another. Swing is a theological and spiritual claim, too: that God is the one who is concerned with relationships, who loves each one of us, and will not rest until each precious sheep is brought into the fold. (Luke 15:1-10)

Sermon: A Time for Tears

tears“A Time for Tears”

(March 20, 2016) When Mary weeps for Jesus, or when Jesus himself weeps, we see a sort of human vulnerability that we can lose track of when it comes to Jesus. Will you let the story of the human Jesus move you this week? (John 19:25-30)

“Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission, but not reproduced here. 

Sermon: Redeeming Blood

blood“Redeeming Blood”

(March 13, 2016) I’ve never been comfortable with embracing the blood and suffering of Jesus’ death, not because I’m squeamish, but because I don’t like what that says about God. But if redemption is in Christ’s blood (just like, as an Italian, hospitality is in mine), is it possible to redeem this image and let it speak to me– and to many of us– in new ways? (Luke 23:33-47)

Personally, I think that if you’re only going to listen to one of my sermons so far this year, it should be this one. It’s deeply theological in some ways, and also deeply personal.

“Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission, but not reproduced here. 

Sermon: A Bitter Cup

Poured Out Wine“A Bitter Cup”

(March 6, 2016) Judas’ betrayal of Jesus casts him as one of the greatest villains of all time. But even out of betrayal and suffering, and death itself, God is able to work transformation in us and in the world. Now that is grace. (John 13:21-30)

“Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission, but not reproduced here. 

Sermon: Are You (really) Going to Wash My Feet?

Poured Out Water“Are You (really) Going to Wash My Feet?”

(February 28, 2016) Peter does not want to see Jesus humble himself to the status of servant or slave and wash the feet of the disciples. But Jesus teaches that our faith calls us to the humbleness of both service to others and receiving the blessing offered to us. (John 13:1-17)

“Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission, but not reproduced here. 

Sermon: Glimpses of Mortality

Poured Out Oil“Glimpses of Mortality”

(February 21, 2016) When a woman, sometimes named as Mary, and sometimes without a name, anoints Jesus with oil, she reveals many things about Jesus himself. Her own act, transgressing boundaries, prophetically foreshadowing, and deeply vulnerable and loving, mirrors Christ’s actions among us. (John 12:1-8)

“Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission, but not reproduced here. 

Sermon: Poured Out (introduction)

Poured Out Sand“Poured Out”

(February 14, 2016) As we enter Lent, we prepare to receive God’s great gift of presence, poured out for us. This Lent, we will use the lens of many elements poured out and hear the stories of the people who would have surrounded Jesus during his last week on earth. (Luke 4:1-13)

This sermon is abbreviated, and we then introduced the elements of oil, water, wine, blood, tears, and light, using a liturgy by Dr. Marcia McFee. “Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission, but not reproduced here.