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The First Promise

Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:4-7 On the day the Lord God made earth and heavens, no shrub of the field being yet on the earth and no plant of the field yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused rain to fall on the earth and there was no human to till the soil, then the Lord God fashioned the human,…

Orthopathy

I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you. -from 2 Corinthians 2 Sweat and tears and blood have been shed throughout the history of the church, Friends, in the attempt to formulate and enforce an orthodox understanding…

Foolishness

After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he…

Wilmington Friends Meeting

Forgiveness

“…when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbersthat there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the…

Christmas Eve Sermonette

Emmanuel means “God with us.” This is one of the titles that God chooses to be known by – God with us. But how does God get here? How does God – the one who lit the stars in the sky, the power that brought forth the trees and the salamanders and the elephants and you and me – how…

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Community of Equality

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the…

Community of Communion

Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God… -from 1 John 4 [Sermon given at the annual picnic at Quaker Knoll.] Last week, we talked about integrity, about the Quaker call to live lives of wholeness and honesty. Rather than looking at our personal integrity, though, we looked instead at what it means to be a…

Community of Integrity

One thing I ask from the Lord,     this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord     all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord     and to seek him in his temple. -from Psalm 27 Before I really get started on this sermon about integrity, let me note two…

Open Hearts, Open Ears

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your…

Setting Sail

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love…