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Sermon: Trinity

Sermon.05.27.18 St. Paul’s – Brookings Fr. Larry Ort Isaiah 6.1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8.12-17; John 3.1-17 It’s Trinity Sunday! In larger churches, the senior priest has the luxury of assigning the sermon to the associate pastor. I don’t have that luxury, so I guess I might as well get on with it. Perhaps I should have scheduled my vacation for one week later and depended on Mark to preach on the Trinity. By the way, I have heard that two excellent sermons were delivered in my absence! Thanks again to Ben Barondeau and Mark Kratochvil, and to Tasi Barondeau and Patty Kratochvil for leading Morning Prayer. When it comes to explaining or understanding the doctrine of the Trinity, the more wise a

Sermon: Bearing Fruit

Sermon.05.06.18 St. Paul’s – Brookings Fr. Larry Ort Acts 10.44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5.1-6; John 15.9-17 As I have said before, Jesus came making radical claims, bearing a radical message, and calling us to a radical action. Radical means “of, relating to, or proceeding from a root;” in this case the root is God’s love. We see this in the lectionary readings for today. We clearly see the radical aspects of Jesus’ life, ministry, and message in John 15 and 1 John. John 15 begins with one of Jesus’ radical claims: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower” (John 15. 1; NRSV). Why was this a radical statement? The Hebrew scriptures contain several references to Israel as the vine or

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