Lent and Holy Week Sermons (2010)

Date: April 1, 2010Liturgical Day: Maundy Thursday; Year C Sermon Title: A New Commandment

Summary: Our life with God begins in forgiveness. It continues, as we hear our Lord's command to love one another as he loved us. This is our grateful response to God's grace. And they will know we are Christians by our love...

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Date: March 28, 2010 Liturgical Day: Passion Sunday; Year C Sermon Title: A Passion for Forgiveness

Summary: At the heart of Holy Week; at the heart of our Lord's ministry, is the radical nature of God's forgiveness. We have been recipients of this gift -- may we also be agents of forgiveness and grace and love, for Christ's sake.

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Date: March 14, 2010 Liturgical Day: The Fourth Sunday in Lent; Year C Sermon Title: The Center of Our Story

Summary: We who make up the church today are called to be the forgiving father, on God's behalf. We are called to welcome with joy any who might desire to return to the church, or return to the faith -- even those whom we may not be so thrilled to welcome. It is the very center of our story as followers of Jesus Christ.

Download Sermon: 2010 Lent 4C

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Date: March 7, 2010 Liturgical Day: The Third Sunday in Lent; Year C Sermon Title: On Repentance, and Second Chances

Summary: Our God desires to make a difference in our lives. That happens most powerfully when we repent of our sin, seek forgiveness, and are given a second chance. These second chances inspire our hearts, transform our minds, and send us into the world as a renewed people, determined to share this life-giving gift with others.

Download Sermon: 2010 Lent 3C

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Date: February 28, 2010 Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday in Lent; Year C Sermon Title: Loving, Life-Giving, Mother Hen

Summary: This week's Gospel presents an image that is both intriguing and troubling. Jesus describes himself (and God) as a mother hen, who dearly desires to gather her chicks under her wings, and protect them from all danger. Conversely, he describes us as helpless chicks, who imagine that they can survive on their own, but in reality, are helpless apart from his love. The journey of Lent calls us to take this image seriously, and learn from it about our sinfulness and God's forgiveness.

Download Sermon: 2010 Lent 2C

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Date: February 21, 2010 Liturgical Day: The First Sunday in Lent; Year C Sermon Title: The True Purpose of Lent

Summary: Lent is not a season of self-improvement, as if by participating in the Lenten disciplines we can make ourselves better Christians and better humans. Lent is a season of discovering how sinful we are, so that we can better appreciate the grace and forgiveness that we have in Jesus Christ. May we use the practices of Lent this year, to deepen our awareness of what Christ gives to us.

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Date: February 17, 2010

Liturgical Day: Ash Wednesday; Year C Sermon Title: What's the Point?

Summary: During Lent, we intensify our attempts to be involved in spiritual practices, not to impress one another, or to achieve some merit, but in order to better understand our need for God, to draw nearer to God's grace, and to enter the Easter season even more grateful for what Christ has accomplished for us.

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