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March 17, 2019 Sermon

My sermon this week calls us to confess the ways we try to live on our own, without God. But the truth is that we are always surrounded by God’s love, even when we fail to see it.

190317 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – Surrounded by God’s Love

Text: Luke 13:31-35

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March 11, 2019 Sermon

Welcome to Lent! My sermon this week calls us to confess the ways we fail to live out our callings:

190311 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – WDJD, What Did Jesus Do?

Text: Luke 4:1-13

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Songs for Lent 2019

Lent is a season of reflection and re-turning to God. The Table Acclamation is very simple and spare, so if you’ve been waiting for a chance to try leading the Acclamation, this can be a great season to begin!

 

1) Gathering Song

A Kyrie Eleison, which means, “Lord, Have Mercy.” This Kyrie is from the Iona Community in Scotland. Introduce the piece by having people repeat the words, then give the translation: “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy”.

John Bell Kyrie

 

2) Candle Lighting Song

This juicy tune, “Here is Bread for the Hungry Soul,” which reminds us we are forgiven, and also that we’re going to eat soon! The harmonies are recorded for you, but folks will mostly improvise off the melody.

Note: we usually flip the words to, “here is bread for the hungry heart, here is wine for the thirsty soul,” because I think the alliteration sounds better and makes the song easier to remember!

Here is Bread for the Hungry Soul,” words: Mary Kay Beall; music: John Carter

Sheet Music

 

3) Table Acclamation

We’ll use the very simple¬†Lent Table Acclamation

 

4) Prayer Song

What We Need Is Here, written by the students of the Episcopal Student Group at MIT. A lovely setting of the first line of the poem by Wendall Berry.

 

5) Offering Song

Love and Faithfulness Shall Lead

or

Hamba Nathi Mkhululi Wehu (Go with us, God, and set us free) trad. Xhosa

 

6) Closing Hymn

What Wondrous Love is This

*Please note, the harmonies on this recording are not the harmonies from our current sheet music.

 

Posted in: Songs We Sing

March 6, 2019 Sermon

Here’s my sermon from Ash Wednesday, about dust and the cross:

190306 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – Ash Wednesday, Dust & the Cross

Texts: Isaiah 58:1-12 & Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

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Feb 24, 2019 Sermon

Here’s my sermon for the seventh Sunday after Epiphany, on the challenges of Jesus’ radical ethic of love and generosity, which always points us back to him and his love for us, and transforms the whole world:

190224 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – Love Your Enemies

Text: Luke 6:27-38

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Feb 17, 2019 Sermon

“The love of God does not find, but creates, that which is pleasing to it.” (Martin Luther, Heidelberg Disputation, Thesis #28) In my sermon for the sixth Sunday after Epiphany, I talk about the nature of God’s love and why it’s such good news for us:

190217 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – The Hospitality of God

Text: Luke 5:27-32

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Feb 10, 2019 Sermon

Let’s talk about mission! Here’s my sermon from the fifth Sunday after Epiphany:

190210 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – Catching People

Text: Luke 5:1-11

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Feb 3, 2019 Sermon

Here’s my sermon for Candlemas, the fourth Sunday after Epiphany:

190203 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – Part of God’s Story

Text: Luke 2:22-38

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Jan 27, 2019 Sermon

Here’s Hannah Johnston’s final sermon as Community Coordinator:

190127 Hannah’s Farewell Sermon – The Road to Emmaus

Text: Luke 24:13-35

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Jan 20, 2019 Sermon

Here’s my sermon from the second Sunday after Epiphany:

190120 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – Guests at the Wedding

Text: John 2:1-11

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