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Sermons on John

The Peace We Need Is Given

Eight Sunday after Pentecost – Exodus 20.8-11; John 14.25-27; The Peace We Need Is Given – I recently celebrated my 68th birthday.  As I got to see my grandchildren on that occasion, it occurred to me that one of the many things grandparents and grandchildren share is their delight in birthdays, albeit for different reasons – grandchildren…

To Tell the Story

Seventh Sunday of Easter – John 17:1-8; Acts 1:1-1, To Tell the Story – Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Laureate, and Holocaust survivor said “God is God because God remembers.” Beyond fleeting thoughts, through living memory the Divine is real in our faithfulness. Wiesel explains: When the great Rabbi Israel Bal Shem Tov saw misfortune threatening the…

Religious…and Spiritual

Sixth Sunday of Easter – John 14:15-21;25-27, Acts 17:22-34; Religious…and Spiritual – Groups of five and six Presbyterian ministers sat at round tables under a high beamed ceiling. Laughter and excited conversation sparkled throughout the room. At a CREDO conference last week, we tried to nurture in participants healthy life physically, emotionally, financially, vocationally, spiritually. There were…

Face to Face with Resurrection

Easter Sunday – John 20:1-18; Acts 10:34-43; Face to Face with Resurrection – We experience resurrection through face to face relations. I sat here in the chancel after worship this past Thursday and Friday. I wanted to greet people with the peace of Christ as usual when we leave. But those nights ended in subdued silence.…

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Seeing Clearly

Fourth Sunday in Lent; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; John 9:1-41 – We try to see what God sees and wants for our world. In Lent we try to focus the eyes of our hearts even more. In this story, Jesus heals a man who’s physically blind. And like all of the gospels, it’s really about Jesus, how people see him. Through John’s literary development and theological revelation, notice where Jesus is or not in the story, and when the man who is healed actually sees him.


Third Sunday in Lent; Exodus 17:1-7; John 4:5-42 – Hebrews on Exodus through the desert, Jesus and the woman at the well … they seek H2O. And these stories are really about the Holy One without whom we cannot live. What truly nourishes us for a good life and a strong faith? What makes our hearts thirsty for God, for a libation of love, a gulp of grace?