Yearly Archives: 2019


Memorial Service Homily for John Ellis Allen

Matthew 5:1-12     April 20, 2019   These verses, which John’s family chose for this service, are beloved by many.  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  The words in this passage are like a formula.  Jesus speaks the words, “Blessed are” nine times.  They are beautiful words.  However, […]


Where Do You Stand When Your Feet Are Sore?

  John 13:1-17, 31b-35     Maundy Thursday In Northern Ireland, there were three decades of deathly struggles between Catholics and Protestants.  The Troubles, as the conflict was called, was both religious and political.  Although the Good Friday Agreementin 1998 was to end the conflict, low-levels of violence and open wounds still exist. A community leader, Pádraig Ó Tuama, […]


Proclamations by Lutheran Student Association Members

Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Fourth Sunday in Lent     March 31, 2019   I. Elizabeth Acors, a junior, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Biochemistry               I’ve always been a very involved person my whole life, and I blame my mom and sister.  They are so involved and its inspiring […]


Wait…What Was the Question?

Isaiah 55:1-9    1 Corinthians 10:1-13    Luke 13:1-9     3rdSunday in Lent Frank had been accepted into a doctoral program at Harvard. He and his family were active members in the church my family attended. Frank’s dad had formed a large and prominent company, and I imagined that Frank would be quite an asset there after graduation.  He […]


Being Faithful: False Self-Denial

Luke 13:31-35     Second Sunday in Lent     March 17, 2019   Jesus is in big trouble. You can understand why he would be.  Since his first public pronouncements, nearly everything he’s said has made someone upset and angry.  Do you want some examples? Listen to the gospel passage we read in Sunday morning worship, seven […]


Talking with the Devil

Luke 4:1-13 First Sunday in Lent    What tempts you?  Scripture is full of stories of temptation.  Of course, it began with Adam, Eve, a talking serpent, and a fruit tree. Moving on, Cain murdered Abel.  Then there’s King David who gave in to his lust for Bathsheba. Joseph’s brothers sold him to strangers when they could […]


Prayer, and Fasting From Whatever Distracts You From God

Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21     Ash Wednesday     March 6, 2019   What distracts you from God?  Don’t be hard on yourself because you are!  Ron Rolheiser writes, “To be a human being is to be perpetually distracted.  We aren’t persons who live in habitual spiritual awareness who occasionally get distracted.  We’re persons who live […]


Receiving Faith, Living in Trusting Faith: Being Transformed Into the People God Desires Us to Be

Luke 9:28-43     Transfiguration Sunday     March 3, 2019   What a reading we have from the gospel of Luke!  These two stories include a mountain top experience, mystical revelation from God, bewilderment and terror, the struggle to understand what God is saying, the desire to keep things just the same as always even though God […]