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The Rev. Palmer Cantler

Palmer Cantler: Table Etiquette

Luke 14:1, 7-14

12th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

September 01, 2019

The Rev. Palmer Cantler (UMC)


The past eight months I have been planning the trickiest, most time-consuming event I will probably ever plan: my wedding. By the end of this month, I will get to marry the love of my life. However, I do not know if I am looking forward more to marrying him or being done with wedding planning. When we first got engaged back in January, my mom gifted me a couple of things to help with the process. The first gift was a binder to hold all of the contracts, the second gift a notebook to keep track of to-dos and thank you notes, and the last gift was a wedding etiquette manual by Emily Post. As much as I have appreciated and used each of these gifts, the last is as useful as it is stress-inducing. Emily Post's legacy is answering any question that you might ever have, and some you would never have thought of, with regards to etiquette. Her manual has taught me the proper way to address inner and outer envelopes, choose flowers and write thank you notes. Every time we came across a dilemma or were unsure of the traditions, Emily was there to answer my questions. While we have not always followed her guidance, it has been reassuring to have this manual to fall back on.

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The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata

Chris Girata: Parade of Grace

Mark 11:1-11

Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday - Year B

March 25, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)


For many churches, today is not only Palm Sunday but Passion Sunday as well. Although I am certainly no expert on liturgical history, I do know that if people attend church, most people only attend church on Sundays. Even on weeks such as the one we enter, the holiest of weeks, most people will only attend worship services today and next Sunday. So, I agree that the experience of those who only worship on Sundays is enhanced and deepened by hearing the passion story today, before we hear the resurrection story next week.

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Other Recent Content About Humility

The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews Transcript

September 01, 2013

A Tough Call on Humility

The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews (UMC)

In his sermon on Luke 14:1,7-14, Dr. Sam Matthews explores Jesus' teaching on humility, noting that in humility there is obedience, and obedience is its own reward. The hard part, he says, is figuring out to whom we are to be humble, whom we are called to serve.
The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto Transcript

June 02, 2013

An Unexpected Faith

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

For the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, the Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto explores the unexpected faith both of a Roman centurion and a grieving widow, and offers hope to all.
The Rev. John Gunn


The Rev. John Gunn (other)

Before the time of Christ, the word humility was a word of contempt. To call a man humble was to characterize him as cowardly and weak. But when Christ came, He took this hated word and made it one of the most honorable in our language.The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "One cannot pay a man a greater tribute today than to say that he possesses the grace of humility."

The Rev. John Gunn Article

January 14, 2010

Those Respectable Philistines

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

The Rev. John R. Gunn reflects on the Philistines and how our own vain sense of "respectability" can be the downfall of our society.

The Rev. Susan Gamelin Transcript

March 05, 2006

Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent

The Rev. Susan Gamelin (ELCA)

The Rev. Susan Gamelin, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in High Point, NC, guides us into Lent with her sermon based on Mark 1:9-15.