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Sailing with the Spirit

The Rev. Robert P. TravisLent 2A Sermon – 8am and 10:30amText: Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17Sermon Text:My mother was a sailor from her college years in Wisconsin. And while she took me out on her boat, when I was little,I really didn't learn to sail on my own until I was in scouts. How many of you here have ever been on a sail boat?
Well, I learned to sail on very small dinghieson a small lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.On that little pond really,the wind shifted very often.On larger boats sailors often use devices called tell-tales,little strings or pieces of yarn on the rigging to tell where the wind is coming from, and where it is going.We had no tell tales on these little dinghies,and sometimes it would get frustrating,because we would be sailing in one direction,and suddenly the wind would leave our sail,and we would struggle to figure out where it had gone.All of a sudden it would blow from a different direction.
If the wind shift…

We are dust...holy dust.

The Rev. Amy Hodges Morehous
March 9, 2011
Church of the Ascension

Ash Wednesday


8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 He will not always accuse, us, *
Nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
Nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, *
so far has he removed our sins from us.
13 As a father cares for his children, *
so does the Lord care for those who fear him.
14 For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
he remembers that we are but dust.


I was not with you last year on Ash Wednesday. Instead, I was helping to bury and memorialize the father of one of my best friends. I had known Jerry by knowing his daughter for almost 20 years. I knew him as a quiet guy, with a dry wit. He had a re-occurence of melanoma - swift, sudden, and unexpected. The tim…