Sermons by Rev. Carmen Perry

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2 Thessalonians 2.1.5.13.17

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May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing and acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. One day before my 18th birthday, President George H.W. Bush declared that the U.S. along with other countries was going wage war on the country of Iraq. Living […]

At the Intersection

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  If you had to place yourself as one of the men who went up to the temple to pray, who would you be? Would you be the Pharisee or the tax collector? At a first glance it could be easy to place ourselves in the role of either the Pharisee or the tax collector. […]

2 Thessalonians 1.1.4.11.12

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Let us pray: Holy and living God, we thank you for the community of faith to which we belong. We thank you for the witness of the saints above, our forefathers and foremothers of the faith whose lives of faith inform our own lives today. We thank you for the saints below: those who live […]

A Church Full of Sinners

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1 Timothy 1:12 -17 Let us pray: Just as we are without one plea, but that your blood was shed for all, and that you bid all to come. O Lamb of God, we come. Just as we are and wanting not to rid our souls of one dark blot, to you whose blood can […]

A Tale of Two Crimes

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Jeremiah 2:4-13 Let us pray: Holy and awesome God, your love for us is as vast and as far-reaching as the east is from the west. We confess that we rely too heavily on ourselves and we do not rely nearly as heavily as we ought on you. In times of plenty and in times […]

The Cost of Discipleship

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Luke 14:25-33   Let us pray: “Take up your Cross,” you have said, “if we would your disciples be.” Our hearts leap to be in relationship with you. Then, you continue, “deny yourselves, the world forsake, and humbly follow after me.” You call us into a rich, deep relationship. We confess that we have created […]

Faith and Reality 5/26/2019

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Our gospel reading today is a quotation of Jesus, and it conveys a lot within a limited amount of text. To me Jesus’ words of peace are among his most meaningful messages, both in general and in the context of today’s discussion. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do […]

Acts 5:27-32

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Let us pray: You alone are holy; you alone are LORD. You alone are worthy to be worshiped and adored. Mercy you have given, kindness you have shown. Love is you alone. LORD, you commanded your disciples to go to Judea, Jerusalem, and to all the earth to proclaim your gospel message. Yet, sometimes we […]

Luke 20:1-18

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Let us pray: Holy and living God, on this holy of holy days, we are awestruck by your love for us and all of humanity. Alleluia! Christ has conquered the grave and has restored us and all of humanity in relationship with you. How can we keep from singing? How can we keep from sharing […]

Luke 19:28-40

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Let us pray: Holy and awesome God, as we enter into this final week of Lent, we are reminded more and more of Jesus’ full humanity, of Jesus’ ministry and purpose in this world, and especially of God’s abundant love for creation and for all of humanity. Help us to see the work of God […]