Sermons on “John”

Staying Together

Lent 4 – That God’s Works Might Be Revealed in Us – March 22, 2020

So That God’s Works Might Be Revealed in Us

My friends, we are walking gingerly through some strange times now.  And it’s happening fast — our understanding changes every day, with new closures, new safety measures, and new counts of those suffering from COVID19.  Our lives have changed quickly.  How many of us could have predicted on Shrove Tuesday — the day before we began our Lenten season — that we would be saying Morning Prayer together by Facebook Live today?

While we began investigating plans to stream worship about a month ago, it was only a backup plan — to be sure we had thought through the possibilities of quarantine or self-isolation.  And it was only last week, on …

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Lent 3 – Finding Jesus – March 15, 2020

Finding Jesus


Each time I return to RI, a flood of memories comes over me.  As a youngster I remember summer weekends in Weekapaug.  As a navy flyer I served the better part of four years at Quonset Point. I have fond memories of girls loved and lost in Newport, the last ferry back to Jamestown on Saturday night, lobster rolls, fishing off Point Judith.

What I remember most is water.  Water is everywhere.  Most days, it is beautiful. Some days, in times of low cloud and Nor’easters, the surface of Narragansett Bay turns dark, threatening, with whitecaps.  Some of you this morning carry living memories of the devastation of September, 1938.  Water is everywhere.  In Rhode Island you are …

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Epiphany 2 – Come and See – January 19, 2020

Come and See

Well, this is the week!  We will gather today after the 10:00 service for our Annual Meeting.  I have been looking forward to seeing our congregation come together since my first day at Emmanuel in September!  

It has been a whirlwind little over four months — about 19 weeks — and I’ve gone from trying to learn where all the light switches are to the joy of meeting more and more of you individually, and getting to know you better.  This is where the really good stuff is — our connections with each other in Christian community, knowing each other and being known, and leaning into our common efforts here at Emmanuel.

I am thankful for the

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Randy is on vacation 6-13 June, and will hold office hours Monday, June 5, and the office will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 6-8.