Joseph and That Sinking Feeling

“Joseph and That Sinking Feeling” – from Genesis 37.12-28, – Rev. Mike Eggleston            My car’s music system mostly plays Broadway musicals when I’m driving.  When it’s short trips in the electric car, I usually hear short clips from the musical “Hamilton.” But for longer drives in my wife’s car, the music I’ve sung along […]

Wrestling with God

Jacob’s story: Jacob’s story takes up 25 chapters in Genesis. (It’s a family saga, and it’s also a Biblical soap opera.) Today’s reading: Jacob is still traveling, and preparing to meet his brother Esau again; even after many years, he‟s still afraid of what Esau may do to him and his family. (Whatever Esau chooses […]

Love in the Kindom

There is a similar focus in the Old Testament when God persistently calls those who are younger or in some way less important to lead the people. Israel itself was a small nation in comparison with its neighbors. St Benedict’s is a small church. The reign of God is here. The reign of God is […]

Surely the Lord is in this Place

A sermon by Rob and Donna Ross Jacob’s Story   This Sunday and next, Jesus tells parables about seeds – seeds that land on barren pathways; seeds thrown among rocks and brambles; seeds crowded out by weeds. Some seeds fall into good soil, becoming great trees that support the growing kingdom of God.  This Sunday […]

Abundance in a world of scarcity

The parable of the sower is so familiar to us and yet also so problematic.  Not only does Matthew tell us what the parable means, thus leaving little to our imaginations but he divides us, the ground upon which the seed lands, into the good, the bad and the ugly. Today I am continuing the […]

Time to Update!

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Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42 Why did God tell Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? The traditional way to read this story that God wanted to test Abraham’s faith, to see if he was really willing to sacrifice his son to God… Does that sound like the God that Jesus talked about? Does that […]

Losing in Christ

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Genesis 21:8-21 Romans 6:1b-11 Matthew 10:24-39 I am very grateful to have colleagues with whom to share the sometimes daunting privilege of preaching. When I looked at this morning’s readings, I wished that one of them had offered to preach today! These are tough readings. Our Old Testament readings this summer follow the saga of […]

The Dance of Trinity

Today’s Scriptures all point to the Trinity, even though the word itself isn’t in the Bible. Genesis 1:1-2:4    Six centuries before Jesus was born, an unknown poet-priest imagined God at the beginning of time: hovering over the void, creating life out of chaos.  Sun, moon, and stars are born; the earth is formed, with its […]