The First Sunday in Advent: God’s Dream of Shalom (Isaiah 2 and Romans 13: 11-14) Last Sunday, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize was awarded at the Schuster Center. It celebrates a shining moment in Dayton’s history. Twenty-one years ago, Richard Holbrooke, a talented diplomat, helped broker a peace treaty ending the Bos…

Things Fall Apart Sermon for November 11, 2016 Luke 21: 5-19: Jesus said, the days will come when not one stone shall be left upon another, they shall all be thrown down. As always, Lois, our parish administrator, has given us a picture on the bulletin cover which is meant to illustrate this morning’s Gospel. But what…

All Saints Sunday Nov. 16, 2016 Has there ever been a fall season like this one? A classic World Series between 2 great teams, (both deserving to win) ending in the 10th inning of game 7 (after a rain delay?) You can’t make this stuff up. Meanwhile, our nation is holding its breath,tied in emotional knots about the ele…

Good morning. I’m here this morning to tell you a story. .. it’s a love story 61 years in the making. My early memories are of life in a small Pennsylvania town; memories of a mother, a father, and a grandmother; memories of playmates, schoolmates and teachers, Sunday School at a Lutheran church. Memories of feeling lo…

The Magic Word When we were children, our mothers prompted us, Remember to say the magic words: please and thank you. Frankly, it was much easier to understand the magic of “please.” “Please” got us something, i.e., please may I have another brownie? This was magic. But it’s harder to see any magic in thank you. It was…

The Neighborhood Distraction Luke 16:19-31 September 25, 2016 Recently, I received a piece of mail with a poster inside. It was a riveting photo, shot from a helicopter, of 300 people on a boat, all looking up and waving. One mom held up her baby. It was beautiful, like a collage, but then I realized what it was: not a…

The Joy of Money Amos 8:4-7 and Luke 16:1-13 September 18, 2016 I want you to know that the picture on the bulletin which shows a pile of coins is not a subliminal message from the Stewardship Committee. Yes, it’s true that it is Stewardship season. Soon, all of us who are blessed by the life of St. Paul’s, will be inv…

Community of the Lost and Found 1 Timothy 1:12-17 and Luke 15:1-10 September 11, 2016 A few years ago, I read about Wanda Rodriguez, a hospice nurse at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She overheard the name of a new patient being admitted,Victor Peraza, and she immediately went to talk to him. Forty-one years before, Vi…

Lord, Teach Us to Pray Luke 11: 1-13 Once years ago, I paid a hospital call on an inactive parishioner. He wasn’t very glad to see me, probably because he thought I was going to scold him for his uneven church attendance. But I was very polite. I didn’t mention it. However, since he was scheduled for surgery the next d…

Who isn’t my neighbor? Dallas, Orlando, St. Paul, Baton Rouge. The agony of this past month weighs like a stone on many of our hearts. Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter. Just to utter these simple phrases seems to create walls of suspicion between people. Has there ever been a better time to hear…

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