Category Archives: Sermons

The Persistence of Memory

  Memory and the Magic of Music A few years ago I was relaxing on the Saturday night before Easter. The sermon had been written and rehearsed, the service was all set to go, and I could just sit back … Continue reading

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You Shall Know the Blues–and the Blues Will Set You Free

  The Delta Blues If you leave Memphis, Tennessee and drive south, you run right into the Mississippi delta. The Delta takes in parts of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana that lie between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. This area contains … Continue reading

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  The Universe and Us I want to start this by asking you to look at the photo here.  Few years ago some scientists pointed the Hubble Deep Space telescope into what looked like an empty part of space. This … Continue reading

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Out of this World

  Sailing Ships About ten years ago I started reading the novels of Patrick O’Brien. If you are familiar with his work, you know he writes about the captain of a sailing ship in the early 1800s. He writes about … Continue reading

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O Little Town of Bethlehem

In 1865, after the civil war, after Lincoln’s tragic death, a Philadelphia Episcopalian priest visited the Holy Land. While he was there he took a horseback ride from Jerusalem to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, so he could attend Christmas Eve … Continue reading

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Joy to the World

Introduction A young child was once chastised by his minister father, for keeping his eyes open while he prayed. The boy said to his father,  A little mouse for want of stairs ran up a rope to say its prayers. … Continue reading

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

  Introduction I love Christmas for many reasons, but one is that during Christmas we get to see, very clearly, the link between the Old and the New Testaments. On the whole there two mistakes people make in trying to … Continue reading

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