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Living Samaritan Women

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by Robin Jarrell

Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me […]

Scandalous Christianity

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by Robin Jarrell

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, […]

Bread and Circuses or Son of God?

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by Robin Jarrell

Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is […]

A Salty Community Filled with Light

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Robin Jarrell

I will continue my practice of summarizing the sermon for the previous Sunday because in these turbulent times, it is important to keep the Good News ever before us. Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew is a continuation of Jesus’ proclamation that his followers are salt and light.  Using the Beatitudes as a foundation,  Jesus underscores […]

Beatitudinal

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by Robin Jarrell

I will continue my practice of summarizing the sermon for the previous Sunday because in these turbulent times, it is important to keep the Good News ever before us. Here it is.  The Gospel within the Gospel: When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came […]

Questions and an Invitation

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by Robin Jarrell

[The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” […]

Becoming Epiphany

Posted on: January 9th, 2017 by Robin Jarrell

I will continue my practice of summarizing the sermon for the previous Sunday because in these turbulent times, it is important to keep the Good News ever before us. Today we celebrate the Epiphany which actually happened last Friday, but our tradition allows us to mark the day on the first Sunday after the Epiphany.  […]

Holy Name Day

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017 by Robin Jarrell

I will continue my practice of summarizing the sermon for the previous Sunday because in these turbulent times, it is important to keep the Good News ever before us. Well, it’s January 1st – New Years Day – and we have a goodly number of folks right here in the pews at St. Matthew’s.  For […]

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