Sermons

Mentors, Mission, and Mistakes…. Rev. Dee Ledger, December 9, 2018

Every Advent, John the Baptizer makes an appearance in our gospel readings.  And each Advent we are tasked to ask ourselves, “why?” What is so important about John that his birth story parallels Jesus’ own, as it does here in Luke’s gospel?  What does John’s presence show that we would miss without him? John the… [Read More]

Standing in an Honest Hope; Rev. Dee Ledger, December 2, 2018

First, I want to share an image.  It’s an image of someone shuffling his feet, shoulders rounded, slumped even, and head down.  Life has beaten this one down.  Choices had to be made; choices were made and this one who stands before us doesn’t stand at his full height.  The weight of his life, the… [Read More]

Gratefully, Not Vicariously…Rev. Dee Ledger, November 18, 2018

Oh, Hannah…  She has no son, no child, and her husband’s other wife constantly torments her.  Every time Hannah goes to the temple to pray, her rival severely taunts her.  You can just imagine the taunts: “Oh, Hannah, where is your God?  God must not like you very much if God has not given you… [Read More]

What Gift Shall We Bring? Rev. Dee Ledger, November 11, 2018

‘Tis already the season of gratitude and gift giving.  No kidding, the day after Halloween, I was in a local thrift store and Christmas music was playing on the soundtrack.  I flinched a bit, but surprisingly, since I liked the song, I found myself humming along, while trying to remind myself that it wasn’t even… [Read More]

Vulnerability and Risk; Rev. Dee Ledger, November 4, 2018

She works at the office in Tribeca, New York.  He works in LA in some higher up position.  She is in her mid-twenties and single.  He is in his mid-thirties and married.  They have been “instant messaging” each other at work for the past few months, which is a kind of instant gratification for both… [Read More]

God on Trial; Rev. Dee Ledger, October 28, 2018

Have you ever scaled a mountain?  Have you ever been rock climbing—the kind of climbing that involves ropes, harnesses, a fairly substantial rock, and a whole lot of faith that you can make it?  Recently, my kids and I were out and about and saw one of those imitation rock walls.  There are these little… [Read More]

Awe and Humility; Rev. Dee Ledger, October 21, 2018

How do you personally define “awe”? What creates the feeling of awe and wonder within you? When is the last time that you felt that sense of awe? Merriam-Webster defines awe as “an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime.”[1] We might experience awe at the… [Read More]

Creature Comforts; Rev. Dee Ledger, October 14, 2018

What are your personal creature comforts?  What are those things that you would miss so much that your brain would start crying out without them, things that can soothe your soul like no other, things that are #1 on your list of must-haves?  I know that warm showers, pressed laundry, and freshly ground coffee are… [Read More]

And We Shall Be Taught By God, Rev. Dee Ledger; October 7, 2018

  Does your stomach growl? Likely you’ve had the experience of being in a meeting or somewhere important, and your stomach starts to rattle and make its presence known.  A couple of crackers should do the trick, you think, except you’ve forgotten to pack a snack and there are no crackers to be found.  The… [Read More]

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