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The Meaning in Our Suffering

The Reverend Christopher Hogin The Meaning in Our Suffering: Genesis 45: 1-15 The Episcopal Church of the Ascension August 20, 2017
I’ve read about Joseph and his coat of many colors for years. It was taught to me in Sunday school. I’ve even seen the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I don’t know about you, but when I read about Joseph in Genesis, I can’t help but picture Donny Osmond gyrating across the stage singing, Close Every Door. When you stop and think about it, this story is horrific. Joseph, a young boy, is sent by his father to check on his brothers. His brothers, consumed by hatred and jealousy, conspire to kill him, but don’t because he’s worth more alive and dead. They bind him up, throw him in a pit, and sell him as a slave for 20 shekels. (And you thought your family was dysfunctional.) Joseph loses everything: his family, his homeland, his freedom, and dignity. All this happens through the betrayal of his own flesh and blood. Only a…

The True Self

The Feast of The Transfiguration Luke 9:28-36 August 6, 2017 The True Self
So, I was looking back this week on some old sermons that I had preached in the past, because right when I read our Gospel lesson for this morning, I knew that I had preached on this text before.Sure enough, after looking, I found that actually I’ve preached on this text four or five times in the past few years.That’s ok, because this is one of my favorite pieces of scripture, but I also realized that I’ve only ever preached on this text for the last Sunday of Epiphany, the Sunday right before Ash Wednesday, which is obviously not today.No, today we don’t hear this scripture as a part of the liturgical timeline as we usually do, but we celebrate the actual event of the Transfiguration today because August 6th is the Feast of the Transfiguration.It is set as a Holy Day in our liturgical calendar and so we celebrate this event. But I wonder, I wonder if any of you history buffs out there might be able to tell us why A…

The Parable of the Dog

The Parable of the Dog: A Sermon
The Rev. Deacon Sarai T. Wender
Sunday, July 30, 2017

The parables of the mustard seed, the leaven, the pearl, the hidden treasure, and the fish.The “Old school parables”, if you will. The ones which may be the most familiar to some of us.
For me, these six parables that Jesus told to the crowds (you and me), are the ‘bedtime stories’ of the Gospel.They have a calming effect in their wonderment of what the kingdom of heaven is like. These stories are told with hope and a ‘happy ending’.More importantly, they extend the invitation to engage in the disciple’s - as well as our own - imaginations…
The kingdom of heaven is like...
Writer, Madeleine L’Engle, said that, “Jesus was not a theologian.He was God who told stories.” Stories are the compound of poignant truth and vivid imagination.Stories can transport a person into places beyond their current circumstance.Those conditions of men (and women), if you will, which include unrest, sadness, uncertainty, and fe…