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King of All

Christ the King, Year C The Rev. Amy Morehous November 24, 2013
“And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.”
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Jeremiah 23:1-6Canticle 16 (Luke 1:68-79)Colossians 1:11-20Luke 23:33-43
I’m going to begin with a story. And some of you are going to recognize that story somewhere in the middle. It’s a story many of us have heard, or told, many times over.
The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him "wild thing!" and Max said, "I'll eat you up!" So he was sent to bed without eating anything. That very night in Max's room a forest grew. And grew and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around. And an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max. And he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks And almost over a year to where the wild things are! And when he came to the pla…

Be Not Afraid

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost - 10 Nov 2013 Christian Hawley Haggai 1:15b-2:9 2Thes 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38
Every good Christian needs a brilliant atheist friend, to keep asking them, “Why do you go to church?” My friend's name is Junior and he's now a vice president with Citicorp living in London. Every time Junior and I get together, “he inevitably asks me, why did you go back to the church again?” I think Junior might come to my ordination, and after reading this week's scripture I think I have a new answer for him this time:
I came back to the church because I was tired of being afraid.
We are a part of a culture whose mantra is “be afraid, be very afraid.” We hear it every day from all corners: The Chinese are poised to take over our economic system – be afraid. The ice caps are all going to melt in seven years – be very afraid. Terrorists are going to bomb our malls – be afraid. Militias are going to take over our government – be very afraid. …

God Transforming Us Through The Saints

The Rev. Robert P. Travis All Saint's Sunday Sermon – 8 and 10:30am Eucharist Services,  Church of the Ascension, Knoxville TN RCL Propers for All Saint's Day Year C 11/3/2013
Scripture Text: Daniel 7: 1-3, 15-18, Psalm 149, Ephesians 1:11-23 Luke 6:20-31

Sermon Text If any of you have been to the healing service on Wednesdays in the past few years, you know how much I love the Saints, So I take it as a big honor to get to preach on the day we celebrate all of them! I am grateful for the Saints that we remember. Almost as much as I am grateful for the gift of God‘s son, Jesus Christ.
I love that hymn we sang when I was very little, “I sing a song of the Saints of God, patient and brave and true, who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew.” When I was little, my favorite verse went, “They loved their lord so dear, so dear, and his love made them strong; and they followed the right, for Jesus’ sake the whole of their good li…