From Fishing to Shepherding

A sermon preached for Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 3 2020 John 21 Peter. I love Peter. Peter had been there through the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. You’ll remember that Peter was also the disciple who denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. But despite his denial of Jesus, and…

Solace

My birth mother died this morning. She had been in failing health for a while. I don’t know what I am feeling.  I am sad. And I’m sure I will feel more sad at some point. I’m also grateful, not to replace or ignore the sadness, but as a companion to it.  Before Washington State…

Second Endings

A sermon preached for Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise Idaho April 19 2020 Mark 16:9-20 Last week on Easter, we heard the original ending of Mark’s Gospel, where the women encountered a man in the tomb who told them not to be alarmed, for Jesus has been raised, he is not here. And remember the…

Empty Tombs, Empty Sanctuaries

An Easter sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho April 12, 2020 Mark 16:1-8 The sun was rising, and the details of the world were coming into focus as light dawned on a new day, plants turning from monochromatic shades to vibrant green, the dew reflecting like diamonds; lumpy shadows on the path…

Shouldering Our Burdens

A sermon preached on Good Friday at Southminster Presbyterian in Boise, Idaho. Mark 15:16-39 Psalm 22 Good Friday has not always been my favorite day in the church calendar. I love Ash Wednesday, with the sacred act of marking the cross in ash on the foreheads of the people I love, reminding them and reminding…

Remembering an Abundant Future

A sermon preached at (an empty) Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho on Palm Sunday April 5, 2020 Mark 11:1-11, 14:3-9 Mark tells us the crowds quote Psalm 118 as Jesus enters Jerusalem—“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”. This psalm is often sung at Passover, when the Hebrew people…

Planting Seeds in an Apocalypse

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho March 29, 2020 Mark 13 This passage from Mark is referred to as an “apocalypse” text. People tend to think of movies like “Mad Max” when they think of apocalypse. End of the world stuff. The Walking Dead.  Left Behind books. The world we’re in…

Evening Prayer

Here’s the prayer I offered in our modified, live streamed worship service tonight. (The words are mine. It was inspired from a prayer in the Reform Jewish Prayer book, Mishkan T’filah—A Reform Siddur.) Let us pray: O God, we are in uncertain times. And we are adapting our schedules, our practices, our sports, our meetings,…