Sermons on “Lent”


Sunday of the Passion – What Would Jesus Do? – April 5, 2020

We began this Lenten season without suspecting our lives would change so much before we even got to Holy Week.  There are ways that our experience this Lent feels more real — more authentic — to Jesus’ 40 days and 40 nights in the desert — than any in my prior experience.  This is a Lent when the regular busy-ness of the world — of work, of school, of any of our projects, or sports, or entertainments — has been put on hold.


Our wilderness doesn’t look like the Judean wilderness where Jesus prepared for his earthly ministry after his baptism, but we are absolutely bewildered.  The path ahead of us is unclear.  In this time of closures …

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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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