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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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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