Sermons by Rev Donna Ross

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The Music of the Heart

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The New Year is here.   We’re facing a year of great struggles, in our nation and in the world, in our communities and even within our own families.  Most of us are already weary, and it’s only Day One.  Can we trust that God is speaking to us in the midst of this chaos, […]

Take me to the Alley

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A Meditation on Luke 14: 1, 7-14 Posted on August 23, 2016 by Gregory Porter, May 2016 “Take Me To The Alley” Well, they gild their houses In preparation for the King And they line the sidewalks With every sort of shiny thing They will be surprised When they hear him say Take me to […]

The Lord’s Prayer

Thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”  He said to them, “When you pray, say:  Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our […]

Counting Sheep, April 17, 2016

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The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want… The 23rd Psalm When I was about 10 years old, I had great trouble getting to sleep.  As the sleepless nights went on, I became more and more anxious – especially after I learned that I shouldn’t wake up my mother or father. However, it was […]

The Way of Transformation – Good Friday, March 25

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The Way of Transformation The Feeding of Judas – woodcut by Solomon Raj John 18:1 – 19:42 The Gospel reading for Good Friday tells us the story of a Jewish man who was rejected by Jewish religious leaders and then crucified by Roman soldiers – and in re-telling this story, we have heard the words Jew, […]

Baptism – Saved or Called?

Baptism:  Saved or Called? All four gospels begin their stories of Jesus’ ministry with his baptism. In today’s gospel reading Jesus has come, along with many others, to be baptized by John.  And Luke tells us that When Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended […]

Prophets: True and False

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Have we become a nation led by ‘false prophets’? (In the history of Israel, a prophet was someone who brought the word of God to the people.  A false prophet was someone who told the people what they wanted to hear.) The day after the San Bernardino shootings, I was driving downtown and thinking about […]

The Widow’s Mite

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PDF: The Widow’s Mite Mark 12:38-44 Risking all she frees herself of her last small treasure. As the coins clatter away her heart beats with fear and joy. The widow flings her poverty in the face of power. As some of you know, last month Rob and I were on a cruise in the Mediterranean. If […]