Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 30, 2020 (Proper 17, Matthew 16:21-28)

"He who...and let him take up his cross and follow behind me." This sermon was originally preached at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Setauket, New York. Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters: Last Sunday, we saw Peter being a model … Continue reading Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 30, 2020 (Proper 17, Matthew 16:21-28)

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 23, 2020 (Proper 16, Matthew 16:13-20)

"Jesus gives the keys to St. Peter" (1481-1482) by Pietro Perugino (1448-1523). Sistine Chapel, Vatican City. Public Domain. Originally preached at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Setauket, Long Island. Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters in Christ, I have a … Continue reading Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 23, 2020 (Proper 16, Matthew 16:13-20)

Sermon for July 26, 2020, the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12 (Romans 8:26-39) – “Nothing in All Creation”

"The Triumph of Death" (ca. 1562), by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (ca. 1526/1530–1569); Madrid, Museo Del Prado. Public Domain. Bruegel painted this depiction of the plague in lurid detail. Of course, we know that death hasn't triumphed, but sometimes it can certainly feel hopeless in that way. This sermon was originally preached at Good Shepherd … Continue reading Sermon for July 26, 2020, the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12 (Romans 8:26-39) – “Nothing in All Creation”

“For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry” by Christopher Smart (1722-1771)

"For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry" is an excerpted poem from Smart's much longer (though now sadly existing in only fragments) poem cycle, Jubilate Agno. It is a wonderful poem, at first glance a naive consideration of the poet's cat, but upon deeper inspection, a joyous reveling in his cat's creatureliness and a meditation … Continue reading “For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry” by Christopher Smart (1722-1771)

Sermon for Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020 (Matthew 26:17-30)

"Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament" (1458) by Dieric Bouts (1420-1475). M-Museum, Louvain. Public Domain. Originally preached/written for Emmaus Lutheran Church, Dorsey, Illinois. In the name of Jesus, amen. “Why is this night different from all other nights?”  This is the question often asked by the youngest child at a Jewish Passover Seder meal.  Perhaps you’ve … Continue reading Sermon for Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020 (Matthew 26:17-30)