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Sermons by The Rev. David Marshall (Page 16)

Make Sacred

Missional Budget Presentation by parishioner Tina Polf and Sermon by The Rev. David Marshall Year A, Proper 24 Matthew 22:15-22 Word: Sacrifice Quote: The word sacrifice comes from the same root as the word sacred. To sacrifice something is to make it sacred. We bring our offerings to the altar to make them sacred; a sacred, holy offering to God.

Agnus Dei

The Welcome Table

Matthew 18 gives clear instructions for dealing with conflict in the Church. Here we have guidance from Jesus himself. If a member sins against you, go to that person yourself. If he or she will not listen, bring someone else and try again. If that doesn’t work, tell the whole church, and if that doesn’t work, shun and exclude them; they are like a gentile and a tax collector.

Long-Term Decency

We are good at what one commentator this week called, “acute decency.” We see images of families begin rescued from floods in Houston, small children and pets being carried through flood waters, and our hearts overflow. That commentator went on to say that we are good at acute decency, but we are not so good at long-term decency.

Resurrection Happens

There are interesting parallels between this story of Jesus walking on water and the crucifixion and resurrection stories that come later. This story, and the resurrection stories, illustrate the importance of faith, hope, and the life-giving power of the sacred. The parallels are so strong that I would even argue that the story of Jesus walking on water is a kind of resurrection story.