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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Pentecost 5A – July 9, 2017

Matthew 11.16-19, 25-30 July 9, 2017 Given that we do not have children, we have always admired those who do. The raising of children is nothing short of miraculous. All the issues that arise in young lives, all the issues that continue as those young lives grow into adulthood, all the chances that something—or any […]

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March 1, 2017 ~ Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Matthew 6.1-6 Wednesday, March 1, 2017 The spacious rolling hills of southeastern Minnesota create a distinct agricultural tapestry during the spring planting season. Sections of turned earth become the rich, black, loam squares offset by the lighter fallow acres of a flowing checkerboard of fields that roll on for miles. It was near […]

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November 13, 2016 ~ Rev. Mark Lingle

Pentecost 26C Luke 21.5-19 Sunday, November 13, 2016 Regardless of your political persuasion, the recent election probably elicited moments for both sides that allowed people to connect with those gathered around Jesus in today’s gospel. The issue that we all hold in common? Nothing less than the end of the world! Jesus portends the signs […]

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October 9, 2016 ~ Rev. Mark Lingle

Pentecost 22C Luke 17. 11-19 Sunday, October 9, 2016 Please click on headphones icon, above right, to hear this sermon. “You have a cataract,” was the simple and, clearly, the obvious response given the evidence of the eye specialist that I saw last fall. To my ears, the specialist was saying, “You are OLD!” Cataracts? […]

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