Sermon Archive : Barbara Mraz

06/17/18 - The Confidence to Be Good

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 2 Corinthians 5:6-10   My kids don’t go to church.  They are professionally successful, well-adjusted adults with good marriages. Anna and her husband are stellar parents of two young sons, and Emily and her wife parent a three-year-old Golden Lab with more attention than I gave my first-born child. The dog has its own room. They are caring friends and have strong moral and political convictions. They […]

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03/30/18 - Scars (Good Friday sermon)

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 John 18:1-19:42 This is not a day to mince words, or spare delicate feelings. Good Friday calls us into the very depths of our faith and ourselves. Crucifixion is a horrifying means of death, of course, not as speedy as the electric chair or as medicalized as lethal injection or as instantaneous as hanging. Today we must acknowledge our national complicity, that we, too, execute supposed criminals in […]

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03/29/18 - “The Perfume” — Memorial Service For Patricia Condon Macdonald

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John 12:1-8   Good morning.  I’m Barbara Mraz, one of many of us here who have known and loved Patricia. After Malcom’s comments, I have the daunting job of speaking on behalf of the church as well as my own faith as we all struggle with the feelings of sadness and loss that blanket our hearts. First, a story: England, in “an earlier time”. A hundred or more guests are […]

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02/25/18 - Cross

  Mark 8:31-38   Back in the day, I was dropped off each week at Sunday School at St. James Lutheran Church – Wisconsin Synod, West St. Paul. I was a serious, honest little girl with long braids and way more innocence and naiveté than kids today. Maybe this was because the media hadn’t yet gone ballistic, the celebrity culture didn’t yet rule the world, or because I didn’t have […]

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01/14/18 - I Knew It

  1 Samuel 3:1-18 Psalm 139 John 1:43-51   Mid-January and the talk of resolutions and goals and self-improvement is starting to wane but is still there.  With the Super Bowl and upcoming Olympics, now it seems to be all about contests: one football team against another, one skater against another, even your 2017-self up against the improved one you hope to create in 2018: thinner, fitter, smarter, nicer, maybe […]

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