Working and Waiting

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California February 7, 2021 Isaiah 40:21-31 Mark 1:29-39 I took a week of study leave at the end of January. It wasn’t my usual winter trip with other clergy women because of covid, but I still got away to a place where I could see…

The Perspective of Joy

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California December 13, 2020 Luke 1:26-55 The story of Jesus didn’t begin in the halls of power, or among the rich and famous. This story began when an angel of the Lord went to an unwed teenaged girl in the backwater town of Nazareth and…

The Prophets: Hearing the Bad News

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA November 15, 2020 Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 How did your parents discipline you? Was it different than how you raised your own kids, or how you saw your friends disciplining their kids? I don’t recall facing discipline a lot as a child. It’s possible I’m…

Dissolve Like Salt

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. November 1, 2020 Matthew 5:1-16 There is a scene in a Monty Python movie about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Apparently it was difficult for the characters to hear what Jesus was saying.  Big crowd, no sound system. I’ll likely always think of it when…