Water from the Spring

Sermon for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost
June 23, 2024


I was reading a sermon written almost a hundred fifty years ago by a minister named Alexander Maclaren, and I was really moved by how he talked about my sermon text today. Most of us know it best in its King James form:

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

June 23, 2024

Through the abundance of God’s steadfast love, let us enter the house of the Lord.
May God give ear to our words.
This morning, we lift up our voice to the One who hears our prayers.
Lead us, O Lord, in your righteousness; make your way straight before us.
—based on Ps. 5

Lifted Up

Sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
June 9, 2024

There are times when just about all of us feel sacrilegious—maybe even a bit blasphemous. I’m referring to those times when we’re reading in our Bibles, and we find ourselves wondering how this or that story made it into the holy scriptures. We might even wish that certain stories were not in there, we find them so confusing or even unpleasant.

Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 9, 2024

Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.

'Born of the Spirit'

Sermon for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
June 2, 2024

I want to start out today talking about a particular verse in this morning’s scripture reading. In our pew Bibles, 2 Corinthians 2:15 says that those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others, which is fine. The word evaluate is a translation of the Greek word ἀνακρίνω.

Second Sunday after Pentecost

June 2, 2024

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to God.
Who may climb the mountain of the Lord, and who may stand in his holy place?
Those whose hands are clean and whose hearts are pure, those who embrace the truth.
Such is the company of those who seek the face of the God.