Epiphany 5B – February 4, 2018

Epiphany 5B Mark 1 Sunday, February 4, 2018 With all the hype and hoopla, it is impossible not to know that today is Super Bowl Sunday. And with the Super Bowl parties and Super Bowl pools, along with some possible skin in the game as a fan of the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia […]

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Christmas Eve – December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Luke 2.1-20 Sunday, December 24, 2017 If you remember nothing else from this evening and Christmas going forward, remember this: Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity; Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God. We all have our favorite Christmas movies. Right? What’s yours? Do […]

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Pentecost 24A – November 19, 2017

Pentecost 24A Matthew 25.14-31 Sunday, November 19, 2017 Wow, as if the colder weather and the darker days that fill November weren’t enough to make you feel a bit depressed, we have our second week of people being thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth . And the […]

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All Saints Day – November 5, 2017

All Saints’ Sermon Matthew 5.1-12 Sunday, November 5, 2017 Mark Lingle Ex Opera Operato. It’s certainly not a household phrase. However, this phrase informs what we do in worship and how we understand not just our worship, but, perhaps, our very lives. Ex Opera Operato. It is a Latin phrase meaning “from the work worked.” […]

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Pentecost 20A – October 22, 2017

Pentecost 20A Matthew 22.15-22 Sunday, October 22, 2017 Mark Lingle Benjamin Franklin famously commented that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. So we shouldn’t be surprised that the issue of taxes–ubiquitous as it is–even finds its way into the Bible and our gospel text for today. The encounter is a famous […]

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Pentecost 19A – October 15, 2017

Pentecost 19A Matthew 22.1-14 Sunday, October 15, 2017 Mark Lingle With verses like: But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. and The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned […]

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Pentecost 10A – August 13, 2017

Matthew 14.22-33 Sunday, August 13, 2017 Water has always possessed a fascination for me. And it has always prompted a bit of fear. One cannot survey the crash of the surf at eventide and not be moved. One cannot witness the crystalline dance that the sun can play upon a lake in the midst of […]

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Pentecost 9A – August 6, 2017

Matthew 14.13-21 Sunday, August 6, 2017 In the mid-1980s, the variety of restaurants and cuisine in Park Rapids, the small, northern Minnesota town where I grew up, was, well, let’s say limited. Mostly the options ranged from pizza to steaks to broasted chicken and, if people really got crazy, something German like beef stroganoff. While […]

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Pentecost 8A – July 30, 2017

Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52 Sunday, July 30, 2017 At an earlier parish in my ministry, a former pastor of that church and then bishop of the diocese was one of the members. Even though he had retired a few years earlier, you can imagine that his presence made for an interesting experience. Actually, the bishop was […]

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