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The Rev. Dr. Monty Knight

Monty Knight: The Sacred Sound of Silence

1 Kings 19:9-12

10th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 13, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Monty Knight (CC(DC))

 

In the 19th Chapter of I Kings, the ancient Hebrew prophet, Elijah, is having a proverbial "nervous breakdown." He's depressed. So depressed, in fact, he wants to die. "It is enough," Elijah wails, "O Lord, now take away my life." (v.4) Perhaps you've heard this plaintive lament sung by the baritone soloist in the oratorio by Felix Mendelsohn, a marvelous musical composition that bears Elijah's name.

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The Rev. Robin Wilson

Robin Wilson: Rise Up

Matthew 10:24-39

3rd Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

June 25, 2017

The Rev. Robin Wilson (UMC)

 

Besides a bunch of college history professors, who in recent memory talked about the American Revolution until the musical "Hamilton" hit Broadway? In this Tony-Award-winning hit, a gloriously diverse cast uses rap, hip hop, jazz, r&b, ballads, and more to share the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton with the 21st century. We learn of his tragic childhood, his gifts with the spoken and written word, his passion for justice and revolution, and his human frailties. We hear how he created our federal financial structures and how he made many enemies over the years with his fearlessness in speaking up for the causes in which he believed.

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The Rev. Emily Heath (UCC)

When Jesus healed the dead man in Luke 7, the Rev. Emily Heath says that Luke noted "fear seized them all." The people had never seen anything like this. And in the same way even today there is a phobia about resurrection. We Christians live our faith knowing of the resurrection--new life is possible, we believe--but we often don't believe it when we see it.
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Imperfect Community

The Rev. Chase Peeples (UCC)

The Rev. Chase Peeples notes that in this story of Jesus' encounter with the centurion, there is separation--separation by religion, by class, by distance--and yet miracles happen. As we build bridges of understanding with others, we make room for the power of God to act and create community.
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Open Wide the Doors

The Rev. Alan Sherouse (CBF)

In his sermon for Pentecost Sunday, the Rev. Alan Sherouse says that the Day of Pentecost reminds us that sometimes the things we end up closing ourselves off from are the things that can also renew and redeem us--the things that flow from the very Spirit of God and help us overcome fear.
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The Courage of Easter People

Lindsay Popper (UCC)

While Jesus promises peace, the world offers us trouble, disappointment, and pain. Lindsay Popper says that Jesus offers peace to us not so that we can find shelter from the world, but that we might be able to enter even more deeply into the world, to live fully and boldly as Jesus' disciples.
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The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (PCUSA)

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Go, Church, Go!

The Rev. Andrew Taylor-Troutman (PCUSA)

In his sermon, Andrew Taylor-Troutman says we are terrified our churches will fail. And you know what? Perhaps the church will never be the same again. How much more important, then, to remember that resurrection comes only after death. And that the life-giving Spirit of God cannot be restrained. With such faith, we might discover that—in the word, go—there’s not only fear, but also freedom.