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The Rev. Dr. Robert Dunham

Always Another Climb

Luke 9:28-36

2nd Sunday in Lent - Year C

February 28, 2010

The Rev. Dr. Robert Dunham (PCUSA)

Because Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell the story of this mountaintop encounter, this story comes around in the lectionary every year around this time on Transfiguration Sunday.  It seems a bit odd to come back to it just two Sundays later on this second Sunday in Lent, but I do so for a particular reason today. Over the years, many of us likely have heard lots of sermons on this story. I don't know about your experience, but most of the sermons I have read, heard or preached on the transfiguration have taken one of two tacks.  One has been a focus on the glory itself, the mysterium tremendum at the heart of the story, as Jesus is transfigured and becomes dazzlingly radiant before Peter, James and John, as a foreshadowing of his eventual glorification as the Son of God.  Another approach, also faithful to the text, has had as its focus the valley of need that awaits Jesus and the disciples at the end of this wonderful mountaintop experience. 

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The Rev. Randy Calvo

The Main Thing

Matthew 2:1-12

Epiphany of the Lord - Year A

January 06, 2008

The Rev. Randy Calvo (PCUSA)

Horror novelist Stephen King in 1991 wrote a book entitled Needful Things. The story is set in a small fictional New England town, Castle Rock, Maine. In the town a new gift shop is opened by a seemingly kind older gentleman named Leland Gaunt. The allure of the shop is that for each of the townspeople the shop's inventory includes an item thought to be the thing most wanted in life. However, none of the people can afford to buy the item. The shop owner offers each of them a trade. A favor done for him will secure the most wanted item. Each is to play what appears to be a simple prank on another of the townspeople. Then the residents of Castle Rock begin to turn on one another until at last the whole town is in chaos. Leland Gaunt turns out to be none other than the devil himself. Traveling throughout the countries of the world, he has been selling junk to people who thought they were purchasing the item they most wanted. What the shoppers failed to notice were the words printed above the shop's entrance...Caveat Emptor... "Let the buyer beware."

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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.