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The Rev. Julia Rusling

Julia Rusling: A Holy Disruption: No Lamb Chops Tonight

Isaiah 65:17-25

26th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

November 13, 2016

The Rev. Julia Rusling (TEC)


The journey had been long. Forcibly removed from their homeland of Jerusalem, driven to live in exile in Babylon for nearly seventy years, the people of Judah are now, at long last, beginning their return home. They have such hope. Surely all shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.  

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The Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner

Breathing Deeply

Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost - Year B

June 04, 2006

The Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner (PCUSA)

I have thought a lot about you these past few months-you, the ones listening to or reading this sermon. I have wondered about you and your life. I have wondered if you have ever found yourself having to remember to breathe.

I know, at first it sounds strange, even a bit silly, but has anyone ever told you, "Now, just take a deep breath," as she tries to calm you down? When I was in my final semester of seminary, I became entangled in a web of thick chaos. My father heard the cancer diagnosis that January. My husband and I were graduating in May. I had just accepted a call to be an associate pastor at my first church. And seminary classes were still ongoing and professors were still demanding. I'm out of breath just thinking about it all.

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