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The Rev. Mark Larson

Mark Larson: We Deserve to Weep

Luke 6:17-26

6th Sunday after Epiphany - Year C

February 17, 2019

The Rev. Mark Larson (ELCA)


"I deserve to weep."

My father and I were standing in a parking lot on a Thursday afternoon, after a funeral. The previous Monday, I'd received a phone call from the pastor of the church where my father had served for over twenty years, the church where I grew up. She had thoughtfully called to let us know about the death of one the members of that congregation. Calling him a "member" was an understatement. "Pillar" would be a more appropriate description. You know, the kind of person you always think will be there, whose fingerprints are on every square inch of that building and that ministry.

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The Rev. Dr. Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace: When God Shows Up

Job 19:23-27a

25th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

November 06, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Paul Wallace (CBF)


I didn't need a crow to tell me Dad was going to die.

He had been in the sunroom in his hospice bed for two days, and he would be gone within an hour. The family had gathered and we were prepared. We knew Dad was dying. Still, the poetry of the moment was not lost on me.

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Believing Is Seeing

The Rev. Peter Marty (ELCA)

Just like Thomas, we can become so insistent in demanding that we see something with our own eyes before we decide it's real. But the church of the resurrected Christ is founded on a complete reversal of that doctrine of "seeing is believing," says Peter Marty in this week's sermon.
The Rev. Duane Steele Transcript

April 06, 2014

When God Weeps

The Rev. Duane Steele (ELCA)

In his sermon for the final Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Duane Steele emphasizes events leading up to the miracle of the raising of Lazarus to encourage us to trust God when we wait in grief and pain for the hope of the resurrection that is to come.
The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt Transcript

January 30, 2011

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)

In her sermon based on one facet of the multifaceted jewel that is the Beatitudes, the Rev. Carol Howard Merritt reflects on how Jesus' words can offer comfort and hope in any time of grief.
The Rev. Dr. James Lamkin Transcript

December 26, 2010

The New Normal

The Rev. Dr. James Lamkin (CBF)

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The Rev. Benno Pattison Transcript

August 09, 2009

Out of the Depths

The Rev. Benno Pattison (TEC)

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Sarah Winsett Wiles Transcript

February 15, 2009

The Gift of Grief

Sarah Winsett Wiles (PCUSA)

Sarah Winsett Wiles, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, is the 2008 recipient of the David H. C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award given by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, NY. In this sermon, she explores a troubling account in Matthew 2:13-18, in which Mary and Joseph escape Herod's murder spree, and shares insights on dealing with suffering in life--personally and globally.