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The Rev. William Carter

Bill Carter: Mourning to Morning

Psalm 30

3rd Sunday of Easter - Year C

May 05, 2019

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)


Her living room was filled with shadows. The shades were pulled, the curtains were drawn, and no light had entered the room, even though the sun was shining outdoors. There was a solitary lamp on the table with the dim glow of a forty-watt bulb. It's the only light in a room filled with shadows. She looked up and said, "When will I feel better?"

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The Rev. Kimberly S. Jackson

Kimberly S. Jackson: Quack Like a Duck: Singing in the Rain

Psalm 98:1-9

6th Sunday of Easter - Year B

May 06, 2018

The Rev. Kimberly Jackson (TEC)


Each morning before even getting out of bed, I am still and listen for my animals. Can I hear the chickens singing their egg songs - to make sure that everyone around knows that they just produced new eggs? Can I hear the distinct sounds of my sure-footed goats hopping over logs, foraging for breakfast, and calling out to the others to come and taste something new? Has Arnold, my cat, taken his place at the door and started demanding his morning meal?

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Other Recent Content About Joy

The Rev. Dr. Davis Chappell Transcript

December 08, 2013

A Prophet's Joy

The Rev. Dr. Davis Chappell (UMC)

I’ve got good news for you today. Home is not a place. It's a relationship. The One whose birth is promised by prophets will be called Emmanuel, which means God with us. He’s our home! He’s our place! And his presence turns our grief into joy.
The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston Transcript

November 04, 2012

Should This Sermon Make You Happy?

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston explores the message of Psalm 30, that we can know, maybe not happiness, but joy, in the midst of difficult times.

A Life of Joy

The Rev. Peter Wallace (TEC)

You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. —Psalm 16:11
The Rev. David Lewicki Transcript

January 01, 2012

Joy Comes in the Evening

The Rev. David Lewicki (PCUSA)

The story of Anna and Simeon greeting the infant Jesus in the temple gives us insights on joy. And whether we are young or aged, we have much to learn from each other about the joy of God.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

December 11, 2011

The Hand of God on the Shoulder of a Troubled World

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

For Advent 3, the Rev. Dr. Ken Carter shares a theme woven through the texts for today: the theme of joy in the good news of the coming of Jesus Christ.
The Rev. John Gunn


The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know addresses depression and dour mood. Perhaps we can't keep away the blues, but we don't have to yield to them. If we will look for them and use them, there are always remedies for curing our worried spirits and getting rid of our blues.

The Rev. John Gunn

Our Sense of Wonder

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know revels in the wonders of the world. "One is something less than human", writes The Rev. John R. Gunn, "if these wonders do not provoke one to wonder."

The Rev. John Gunn

A Saintly Life

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know discusses the modern perspective on sainthood and how it often differs from God's expectation of saintly living. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "A saintly life demands nothing that is not harmonious with successful business life. A man can handle large sums of money and be absolutely free from the taint of the love of money."