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Being in Relationship with God (May 18, 2014)

Sermon for 18 May, 2014: Being in Relationship with God

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in me…Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these.”  Amen.

Today is the Fifth Sunday of the great fifty days of Easter.  We made it throu...

Blind Faith (February 15, 2015)

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Sermon for February 15, 2015: Blind Faith Deborah White

Some of you may be acquainted with Stephen Fry, a British comedian, actor, and Cambridge-educated author.  Personally, I had only a vague idea of who he was until a couple ...

Bread for the Journey (August 9, 2015)

Listen to the sermon:   Sermon for August 9, 2015: Bread for the Journey Deborah White           A white, middle-aged, well-off Christian man, a wealthy African-American retired football player, and a female Episcopal deacon get on a plane.  Since they are seated together, and the plane is delayed, they strike up a conversation.  The white man – Josh – sells computer security systems to large companies.  The African-America...

Cutting out the Middle Man (October 20, 2013)

Sermon for October 20, 2013: Cutting out the Middle Man Deborah White

          “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God [and] they shall all know me.”  May the words I speak and the meditations we share help us to know you better.  AMEN.

I received several interesting emails this week.  One of them was an article...

Empty Places (August 2, 2014)

Sermon for Festival of the Hours, August 2, 2014: Empty Places Deborah White

Please be seated.

          I’m not a physician, but I’m pretty sure that television is not good for my blood pressure- because television appears to have this magical ability to turn truth into lies and lies into truth.  Let’s start with “reality” TV, which, as far as I can tell, does not ...

Family Roles (February 3, 2013)

Sermon for 2/3/13 (Fourth Epiphany)

Deborah White

“Lord God! Truly, I do not know how to speak, for I am only human.  But the Lord said to me, Do not be afraid…I have put my words in your mouth.”  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord our strength and our redeemer.  Amen

We are in t...

I Mean to Be One Too: November 1, 2015 

Listen here: All Saint’s Day is one of my favorite feast days – not because my house is currently filled with candy – which it is - but because it is the day on which I can tell my children that their mother is a saint – and the whole church has to back me up!  We are – as the hymn says – all members of the community of God and, God helping, we, like those we love who have gone before us – can be saints too.  That is what our Christian belief tells us and fo...

I Waited for the Lord (March 29, 2013)

Sermon for Good Friday: Meditation on Psalm 40

Deborah White

Today’s readings invite us to join Jesus in his suffering by reflecting on the pain we experience in our own lives and the meaning of that pain in relationship to our faith.   As Mark said in our first meditation, reflecting on the psalms is a different kind of experience than the one we traditionally hav...

I've Got the Power (October 4, 2015)


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“I’ve Got the Power”: October 4, 2015

Deborah White

I've got the power!! Like the crack of the whip, I snap attack (Beat) Front to back in this thing called rap Dig it like a shovel

(Beat) Rhyme “devil” - On a heavenl...

In the Beginning (June 15, 2014)

Sermon for Trinity Sunday 2014: In the beginning

Deborah White

          In the beginning there was darkness and nothingness.  There was no time, no space, no energy.  And suddenly – as quickly as the blink of an eye – there was music.  It was music so clear that you could see eternity through its notes.  It was music so sweet that you if you could taste it for a m...

Inside Out (July 13, 2014)

Sermon for July 13, 2014: Inside Out Deborah White

          When I was a child, I used to watch a show called, “The Magic Garden.”  It had all of the standard props found on educational television of the time period – moving trees, talking puppets, happy hosts, and very catchy folk music.  “The Magic Garden” was more about developing creativity and honoring imagination than learning letters and numbers and, in ...

It's Hard (July 27, 2014)

Sermon for July 27, 2014: It’s Hard Deborah White Please be seated. The other day my husband came home really irritated.  He rides his bike to work and on his way home a teenager threw a full cup of soda out a car window at him.  “I was,” he said, “tempted to ride up to them at the next red light, take a picture of their license plate and turn them in to the cops – but then I thought I should be able to ignore it.  And then I thought that then they’d get away with it and do...

Jesus and the Marys (March 17, 2013)

Sermon for 3/17/13: Fifth Sunday in Lent

Deborah White

            “Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.”  In the name of God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.  Amen.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and I had threatened to preach about St.

Patrick – particularly that he wasn’t Irish and...

Joy in Lent

Sermon for 2/13/13: Ash Wednesday

Deborah White

Loving God, help us to keep a holy Lent: to learn more about ourselves and our neighbors, to pray with open hearts and to do what is acceptable in your eyes that your light shall break forth like the dawn and we will see your glory in all we do. Amen.           One of the most frequent questions I get as a seminarian is "What is...

Judgment (April 1, 2014)

Sermon for 1 April, 2014 (Proper 11): Judgment

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew

He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds amo...

Mercy (September 14, 2014)

Listen to the sermon:   Sermon for September 14, 2014: Mercy Deborah White        I was recently struck by an article in “Psychology Today” with the title, “Why you don’t always have to forgive.”  In it psychologist Deborah SchurmanKauflin argues that forgiveness is an optional part of the grieving process.  She writes: “You’ve been hurt…Now you are left in tatters, at your lowest point in life...Eventually you m...

Money Can't Buy You Love (October 19, 2014)

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Sermon for October 19: Money can’t buy you love Deborah White

          This sermon is not about money – it’s about choice.  Today we heard the gospel story in which Jesus is asked whether it is lawful to pay taxes.  This is the moment in the New Testament when he issues one of his most famous and quoted state...

O Ye of Little Faith (August 10, 2014)

Sermon for August 10, 2014: O ye of little faith Deborah White

“God our Creator, let us never fail to put our faith in you, for it is in you that we find peace."  Amen.

          I generally think of God is of a loving parent.  This may have something to do with the fact that I lost one of my parents early in my life and have always had an inten...

Passion (April 13, 2014)

Sermon for 13 April, 2014 Palm Sunday: Passion

Welcome to Bipolar Sunday!  Today is the day when we enter the church joyfully waving palms and singing one of our most beloved hymns – and about twenty minutes later we listen to the story of how Jesus was betrayed by his friends, suffered horrendous physical pain, and died for our sins.  Talk about mood swings!

Perhaps that’s why i...

Projection (October 28, 2014)

Listen to the sermon:   Sermon for 10/28/14: Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude: Projection I once had a truly terrible date. I had been seeing this guy long distance for a while. We had met through mutual friends and gone on a few dates with them, but since we lived in different states the majority of our relationship was conducted through letters and phone calls. (Yes, this was before the internet). So this was our first...

Revelation of the Magi (January 6, 2013)

Sermon for 1/6/12: Epiphany 1

Deborah White

            “Lord Jesus Christ, star-maker, light-bringer, King, God, and Sacrifice, your star revealed your glorious presence to the Magi; guide us, as you did them, to your perfect light.  Amen.

I spent a lot of last week crying.  I am telling you this not as a plea for sympathy, but because t...

Sacrifice (April 18, 2014)

Sermon for Good Friday, April 18, 2014: Sacrifice 

“Lord Jesus Christ, on this day we seek to understand your suffering that we may share in your glory.  Give us the willingness to follow your path from darkness into light, from death into life, and from heartbreak into joy.”  Amen.

Depending on how you observe it, Good Friday can be a very long day.  You may choose to atte...

Satisfaction (August 31, 2014)

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Sermon for August 31, 2014: Satisfaction Deborah White

Speak through me, Lord, that we may all attempt to better understand your will and walk in your ways, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

          My children actually like most of the music that I grew up with – the music that I call...

Sermon for December 13, 2015: Who warned you?

Listen to audio here: I understand completely if you are feeling stressed about the state of the world right now.  Lately it seems that every day there’s something new to obsess about.  And I wouldn’t blame you at all if you got up this morning thinking you might come to church to get a little relief from that stress – to escape from the fear and anger that’s all over the news these days and spend time in a community of love and inclusion.  That’s why we’re here, right?  So I totally get i...

Sermon for December 27, 2015: Comfort My People

Listen to audio here: I recently happened on an article entitled, “How popular music secularized Christmas,”[1] or, as I like to call it, “Blame it on Bing.”  Quite honestly, I was a little uncomfortable reading this latest entry into the war on Christmas literature, not only because I find the entire conversation upsetting, but because I am personally pretty attached to Bing Crosby at Christmas.  Actually, it’s not just at Christmas.  And it may b...

Sermon for December 6, 2015: Let your light shine

Listen to the audio here: There is darkness in this world – terrible darkness.  On Wednesday morning when I entered a nail salon where I planned to have a pedicure in preparation for my ordination to the priesthood – an event filled with light and life – I was greeted with television reports of yet another mass shooting.  And the first thought that came into my head was, “not again – not again, Lord, not again.”  And almost as a perfect echo of that thought my mother, who knows the effects of...

Sermon for January 24, 2016: The Law of Love

Listen to audio version here:   Carl Jung said that the way we interact with the world around us is a function of our personality style.  According to Jung, introverts are people who are focused on what’s going on inside of them; they are thoughtful, reflective and imaginative.  Extroverts are interested in what is going on outside of them; they tend to prefer action to reflection and are less subjective in the way they make judgments.  Isabel Briggs-Meyers and ...

Sermon for January, 10, 2016: The Gift of Light

Listen here: During the week before Christmas I overheard a conversation between two women who were complaining about the upcoming holiday.  The first woman was upset because she was going to her parent’s home for Christmas dinner and they didn’t seem to appreciate the effort it involved for her to get her children, up, out, and even-tempered during a two-hour car trip on Christmas morning.  The second woman said, “At least you’ve finished shopping.  I still have to figure out what t...

Suffering Silently (July 12, 2015)

Listen to the sermon: Sermon for July 12, 2015: Suffering Silently Deborah White           My son is a big fan of horror movies.  He has an Evil Dead poster on one wall of his room and a World War Z poster on the other.  He spends his spare time making movies with his friends, most of which require his skills as a special effects make-up artist to create wounds, scars, and entrails.  Sometimes it worries me – but I have been assured ...

The "E" Word (April 12, 2015)

Listen to the sermon: Sermon for April 12, 2015: The “E” word Deborah White         Alleluia.  The Lord is Risen!  The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia! “The strife is o’er, the battle done.  The victory of life is won.  Our songs of triumph have begun.  Alleluia.  The three sad days are quickly sped.  He rises glorious from the dead.  All glory to our risen Head!  Alleluia!”  We have journeyed in our hearts through the ...

The In Crowd (May 17, 2015)

Listen to the sermon: Sermon for May 17, 2015: The “In Crowd” Deborah White           The excitement and joy I feel about my upcoming ordination has got me thinking about what it will mean to serve the church that has nurtured me all of my life - and I have come to the conclusion that I will never actually serve as an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church I grew up in -because that church no longer exists.  And sometimes that makes me...

The Light of Christ (March 2, 2014)

Sermon for 2 March 2014: The Light of Christ

          Oh God, whose son Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets, show us the light of your countenance that we may walk in it by faith.


          It’s been a hard couple of weeks – at least in terms of the lectionary.  For the last several Sundays, we have been reading t...

The Lord Called Me (January 19, 2014)

Sermon for 1/19/14: The Lord Called Me Deborah White

            “Almighty God, grant that your people may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known to the ends of the earth.” Amen.

I spent the last two weeks taking what my school refers to as an “immersion” class called “City of Refuge.”  The idea of immersion classes is for students to live among people fro...

The Sheep and the Goats (November 23, 2014)

Listen to the sermon: Sermon for November 23: Separating the Sheep and the Goats Deborah White           You may have noticed that God has been on a tear lately.  In recent parables, God has invited people into his kingdom and then kicked them out for wearing the wrong clothes; shut them out of the eternal banquet for forgetting to pack enough lamp oil; and thrown someone into the outer darkness for poor investment strategies. And today...

The Trinity (May 26, 2013)

The Trinity: Sermon for the First Sunday after Pentecost

Deborah White

 “Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.”  Amen.

Good morning.  Today is the first Sunday after Pentecost, also known as Trinity Sunday – also known as the most con...

The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant and Marriage (August 4, 2013)

Sermon for August 4, 2013: The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant and Marriage Deborah White

  “Jesus said, “The first commandment is this: you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength; and the second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  There are no other commandments greater than these...

Trust in God (September 6, 2015)

Listen to the sermon: Sermon for September 4, 2015: Trust in God Deborah White           Today is “Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday.”  Which is interesting, because in today’s gospel, we see Jesus exhibiting behavior that looks suspiciously like racism.  Granted, Jesus has been going around the country, preaching and healing and trying to do God’s will.  He is clearly tired and travels to a fairly isolate...

Turn Around (May 6, 2014)

Sermon for 5/6/14: Ascension/Turn Around

“Turn around.  Every now and then I get a little bit lonely [because I can’t feel you around].  Turn around.  Every now and then I get a little bit tired of listening to the sound of my tears.  Turn around.  Every now and then I get a little bit nervous that the best of all the years have gone by.  Turn around, because every now and then I fall apart."

Valerie (June 28, 2015)

Listen to sermon: Sermon for June 28, 2015: Valerie Deborah White           God, according to St. Paul, wants us to succeed.  God has created us to excel.  God has created us for life.  Scripture tells us over and over again that humanity is basically good - that human beings are made to love – not hate, to create – not destroy – for righteousness, not corruption. But the reality is that we do not always choose to live as we are...

What are We Afraid Of? (December 21, 2014)

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Sermon for December 21, 2014: What are we afraid of? Deborah White

          What are you afraid of?  Do you know?  Is it spiders? Close spaces? Heights? Or are you more like Charlie Brown, who, when Lucy read him a laundry list of phobias, was silent until she asked him if he had “pantaphobia.”  “What’s pantaphobia”? he sa...

Why Complain? (March 15, 2015)

Listen to the sermon: Sermon for March 15, 2015: Why complain? Deborah White           I recently heard about a study that suggested that complaining is good for your health.  My first reaction was to exclaim, “I guess that means my teenaged daughter is going to live forever!”  But then I began to wonder exactly what the study results meant.  Is it that complaining allows us to vent our pent-up feelings?  Or is it possible that when we voi...

Why? (April 3, 2015)

Listen to the sermon: Deborah White   Sermon for Good Friday, 2015: Why? “If you had the chance to talk to anyone, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be? There was a time when that question was pretty standard in job interviews.  I’m not sure what the prospective employers thought they’d find out by asking it – but to me the follow-up question is much more important.  I’d want to know why you’d choose that person. ...

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