Sermon Archive : Guest Preachers

07/08/18 - “The Work Before Us” by the Rev. Neil Elliott

I was pretty good in eighth-grade algebra: mine was the second-highest score on the standardized math test in all of New Mexico.  The first highest score was Bill Cunningham: he sat behind me in class. He was a whiz kid. But when Mrs. Elmendorf handed our papers back, his were covered with red ink: She had written “Show your work!” after each answer he gave. I’ve written several pretty good […]

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07/01/18 - Renewal by The Rev. Karen Mosso

In 1983, I became the first full time woman rector in the Diocese of Minnesota when I was called to serve at St. Luke’s in Hastings. I had started Seminary in 1975, a year after the “Philadelphia Eleven” women had been “irregularly” ordained -and a year before the Episcopal Church “legalized” women’s ordination to the priesthood. I was at the Philadelphia ordination, which occurred while I was visiting friends there, […]

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06/24/18 - “Facing the Storm: The Thunder in Quaker Silence” by Ollin Montes

From Sunday evening of June 17th to just this past Friday June 22nd, I was at an intensive week long training organized by ISAIAH at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester. ISAIAH for those of you who don’t know is a congregation based community organizing organization that fights for racial and economic justice in the state of Minnesota. My name is Ollin Montes, and I’m a graduate from Macalester of the […]

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06/10/18 - “This World, With Demons Filled” by The Rev. Neil Elliott

Mark 3:20-35 And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God has willed his truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure. One little word will fell him. In the name of the eternal Word, spoken through the prophets, and in these last […]

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03/30/18 - “Real Presence, Real Absence?” by the Rev. Neil Elliott

We Christians can be so vain, we probably think the prophets are about us. That’s what it sounds like, at least, in First Peter: Whatever Israel’s prophets said, they were speaking not to their own time, but to ours. The early church was eager to prove that Christ had “died according to the scriptures” that they mined Israel’s scriptures for any reference to suffering—Isaiah 52 and 53; Psalm 22; even […]

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