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...
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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 ...
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...
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 ...
Sermon for 2/3/13 (Fourth Epiphany)
“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...
Sermon for Good Friday: Meditation on Psalm 40
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...
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“I’ve Got the Power”: October 4, 2015
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...
Sermon for Trinity Sunday 2014: In the beginning
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...
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 ...
Sermon for 3/17/13: Fifth Sunday in Lent
“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...
Sermon for 2/13/13: Ash Wednesday
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
Sermon for 1/6/12: Epiphany 1
“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...
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...
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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 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...
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 Trinity: Sermon for the First Sunday after Pentecost
“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...
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...
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."
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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...
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