Sermons by Rev. Susan Plucker

God In The Flesh

Proper 14B                        1 Kings 19:4-8 Ephesians 4:25-5:2                    John 6:35, 41-51 The Rev. Susan Plucker                    August 8, 2021 Our scripture readings begin this morning with  The prophet Elijah alone and literally exhausted to death. Elijah has been battling for God against the dark forces     Of Queen Jezebel and her priests of the god Baal.         Elijah and God have won.  The priests of Baal are all…

On Forgiveness

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Ephesians 1:15-23 John 17: 6-19 Today is the 7th Sunday after Easter. It is also the 1st Sunday after the Feast of the Ascension, which was Thursday, May 13th.   40 days after Easter, Jesus ascended to God leaving his followers, for good this time, but promising to send them a helper, an advocate. They are to go to Jerusalem and wait. Today is the Sunday preceding the Feast of Pentecost, so their wait will not be…

Treated as a Person The Rev. Susan Plucker

5th Sunday After Epiphany February 7, 2021 Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147: 1-12,  21c 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39 Let us begin by hearing the voice of Mary Magdalene.   Seven demons possessed my soul Seven Marys lived inside of me One Mary was chaste, another carnal, A Mary elated, a Mary tormented, A frightened Mary, a lone one, And one that hated God.   I stood on the hill throughout the day. Watching the procession to Golgotha Seeing the crosses…

Do You Know Where Your Wise Men Are?

Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a Matthew 2:1-12   It’s 10:45 in the morning. Do you know where your Wise Men are?   If you set Wise Men out with a Nativity scene this year, Where are your Wise Men today? Perhaps they have been carefully packed away. Perhaps they are standing vigil around or close to the creche. Perhaps they are still on their way and placed A little distant yet from the birth scene, Since the Feast of Epiphany is still to…

Goat Walking to Bethlehem

Isaiah 40:1-11 Mark 1:1-8 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Prepare the way, O Zion Your Christ is coming near. Let every hill and valley a level way appear. Greet one who comes in glory, foretold in sacred story. O, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.   Advent hymns dwell in my head this time of year And I diligently try to not let them Get pushed aside by Christmas Carols.   I think today’s readings are my favorite…

Be Careful What You Pray For

Isaiah 45:1-7 Matthew 22:15-22   There is an old admonition:  Be careful what you pray for. So, in today’s collect what DID we just pray for? Do we dare go back and check it out?   “Almighty and everlasting God, Preserve the works of your mercy”… That’s us. Preserve us. Not make everything happy, happy, well and wonderful; But in other words, help us to stay alive, intact, free from decay, Not rancid, sour, putrid, rotten. And why are we…

“You are the Messiah”

    To match the weirdness of this week, Smoke and heat on top of pandemic virtual school starts And election brew-ha-ha…. I have a weird sermon.   My brain decided to give me the topic of zombie apocalypse As I started my sermon preparations of reading, thinking, pondering. Now, I’m not a fan of that genre, but I’m been seeing references to it quite a bit In my media posts….. Usually something to the effect of: “Well, 2020 has…