Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

October 9, 2016

Sermon Proper 23 Year C

The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Psalm 66:1-11
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 21 Year C

The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31

 

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Reverend Julie Nelson, Proper 15 Year C

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

Proper 11 Year C

Amos 8:1-12
Psalm 52
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

July 10, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

Proper 10 Year C

Amos 7:7-17
Psalm 82
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 10:25-37

 

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

July 3, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

Proper 9 Year C

2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30
Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

 

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

June 26, 2016

The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Proper 8, Year C

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1,13-25
Luke 9:51-62

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

June 19, 2016

The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Proper 7, Year C

1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a
Psalm 42 and 43
Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 8:26-39

 

Third Sunday After Pentecost

June 5, 2016

The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Proper 5, Year , RCL, Track 1

1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24)
Psalm 146
Galatians 1:11-24
Luke 7:11-17

Second Sunday After Pentecost

May 29, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39
Psalm 96
Galatians 1:1-12
Luke 7:1-10

First Sunday after Pentecost

May 22, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

Day of Pentecost

May 15, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 8, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 24, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 1, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 17, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

 

Third Sunday of Easter

April 10, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

 

Easter Day

March 27, 2016

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

March 20, 2016

The Liturgy of the Palms

The Liturgy of the Word

 

Fifth Sunday in Lent

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

March 13, 2016

Fourth Sunday in Lent

The Rev. Karen Cuffie

March 6, 2016

Third Sunday in Lent

The Rev. Shelley Denney

February 28, 2016

 

 

Second Sunday in Lent

The Rev. Shelley Denney

February 21, 2016

First Sunday in Lent

The Rev. Karen A. Cuffie

We apologize that the sermon was not recorded in it’s entirety.

February 14, 2016

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

January 31, 2016

Third Sunday after Epiphany

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

January 24, 2016

Second Sunday After Epiphany

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

January 17. 2016

 

First Sunday After the Epiphany

The Rev. Karen Cuffie

January 10, 2016

The Second Sunday After Christmas

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

January 3, 2016

Christmas

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

December 24, 2015

Fourth Sunday in Advent

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

December 20, 2015

 

 

 

Third Sunday in Advent

The Rev. Shelley Denney

December 13, 2015

Year C

Christmas Pageant December 19th

On Saturday, December 19th all are invited to participate to a family affair:  dinner and Christmas Pageant.

From 3  to 5 pm,children and their families work on the pageant, doing Christmas crafts, decorating Christmas cookies, preparing the dinner and setting tables. It will be lots of fun working together.

The pageant which will be performed at 5 pm.

Children 4 and younger must be accompanied by a parent. No babysitting is provided.

Following the pageant there will be a light supper and dessert of Christmas cookies the children and youth will have decorated.

Dinner will be free for all. Bring your friends.  All are invited!

Second Sunday of Advent

The Rev. Shelley Denney

December 6, 2015

Year C

Malachi 3:1-4
Canticle 16
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6

First Sunday of Advent

The Rev. Shelley Denney

November 29, 2015

Year C

Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-9
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

Last Sunday After Pentecost: Christ the King

The Rev. Shelley Denney

November 22, 2015

Proper 29 Year B

2 Samuel 23:1-7

Revelation 1:4b-8

John 18:33-37

 

ECA Turkey Drive

It’s November and the Annual ECA Turkey Drive is upon us! Thanksgiving Day, November 26th we will be cooking turkeys in Legends Pizza ovens, and Friday the 27th we will be deboning and packaging them to freeze. We need volunteers that can give time and/or monetary donations.

Our Montgomery Meals team prepares turkey for the meals we cook in our kitchen to feed the homeless throughout the year! That’s why this annual drive is so important. Monetary donations are critical in making sure we are able to prepare complete meals.  Come and be a part of this great annual event by donating a couple hours of your time. Bring your family and friends. Signup sheets are on the wall in Fellowship Hall. In addition, here is the schedule for Friday:

Fri 11/27 8:30-10:00 AM – Turkey pickers & carvers – Shift #1
Fri 11/27 10:00-12:00 PM – Turkey pickers & carvers – Shift #2
Fri 11/27 12:00 PM – Final kitchen cleanup

Questions? Call Steve Wing at (408) 315-3565, (408) 997-0415, or email wing42@pacbell.net.

Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

The Rev. Harold Clinehens, Guest Preacher

November 15, 2015

Proper 28 Year B

1 Samuel 1:4-20

1 Samuel 2:1-10

Hebrews 10:11-15

Mark 13:1-8

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

November 8, 2015

Proper 27 Year B

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17

Psalm 127

Hebrews 9:24-28

Mark 12:38-44

Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

7:30 am service sermon on October 25, 2015 by The Rev. Karen Cuffie

Proper 25, Year B

Job 42:1-6, 10-17, Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22, Hebrews 7:23-28

Mark 10: 46-52

There are a lot of miracle stories in the gospels, many of which are healing miracles. There are actually 6 or 7 accounts of healing the blind but I think today’s story might be the one most easily remembered because the blind man has a name – Bartimaeus.   His alliterative name -Blind Bartimaeus -just sticks in our head, like Doctor Doolittle or Tiny Tim or even Mighty Mouse. As a child, you might have even learned a song about Blind Bartimaeus. While the name might be ingrained in your memory, what do you remember about the story itself?

Well, I’ve thought of three more alliterative words to add to his name that might make this encounter between Jesus and Bartimaeus even more memorable. I think we can describe Bartimaeus as not only blind, but also as a brave and bold believer. Blind, brave, bold, believing Bartimaeus – that’s more like it! You see, Bartimaeus was brave enough to persist in getting Jesus’ attention in spite of the fact that others were telling him to be quiet. He was bold enough to answer Jesus’ questions with honesty, and he truly believed that Jesus could deliver a miracle. Bartimaeus knew what he wanted more than anything, so he asked for it and got it. It sounds so easy doesn’t it? Well, that strategy certainly didn’t work for Zebedee’s sons James and John.

Do you remember last week when James and John came up to Jesus and said that they wanted him to do whatever they asked? Jesus asked them “What do you want me to do for you?” James and John told Jesus that they wanted to sit at his right and left hands, in positions of power, before all the others. It was a ridiculous request that showed they weren’t paying attention to what Jesus had been trying to teach them. They had no clue that what they were demanding was not at all in line with what Jesus had been trying to teach them. As was typical for the disciples in Mark’s gospel, they didn’t “get it”.

Jesus asked Bartimaeus the same question, but the response was completely different. You see, Bartimaeus, “got it.” He’d heard about Jesus and knew that if anyone could help him it would be Jesus.. So he called out – “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Son of David, have mercy on me!” He didn’t care that people were shushing him. He just yelled louder. Jesus heard him but didn’t move. He wanted Bartimaeus to come to him. What I love is that Bartimaeus threw off his cloak before approaching Jesus as if he didn’t need anything else but to be with Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Without a pause, Bartimaeus told Jesus that he wanted to let him see again. Apparently he wasn’t born blind. At one point in time, he went blind so he knew what living with and without sight was like. It didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that he wanted to see again. But to actually say it – that was a gutsy move. He’d been miserable for so long, maybe he thought he had nothing to lose, or maybe he truly believed that Jesus had the power to heal him. He asked for a miracle and Jesus gave him one. What do you think about miracles? Do you believe in them? Have you ever asked for a miracle? Have you ever experienced a miracle?

 

I believe in miracles and in fact have experienced them but I don’t necessarily believe that they’re always as cut and dry as Bartimaeus’ healing miracle.

As some of you know, I have an adult daughter who has autism, as well as other developmental disabilities. Tessa is a beautiful young women who can be funny and charming one minute,

and angry and aggressive the next. She is 23 years old and functions at about a 3-5 year old level. She can’t dress herself, or brush her teeth but she read just about anything you put in front of her. She’s incredibly computer savvy (more than many adults I know) and yet rarely speaks in sentences. So just imagine a 5’10’ woman hugging her much shorter mother in the middle of Safeway saying “I love you Mommy” We get looks – oh boy do we looks. It’s actually very sweet and even kind of funny – until she falls on the floor and starts yelling because she wants Cocoa Puffs.

Raising Tessa has been a tremendous blessing and at the same time very challenging. By the time she was 15 or 16, I was exhausted and frankly, miserable. I prayed faithfully for the strength and courage to get through the each day. I knew without a doubt that God was with me in my pain, but I felt alone. One particularly difficult day, it occurred to me that I could ask God for a miracle. I don’t know why it took me so long to come to that conclusion. I believed in miracles but I guess I thought they were for other people. So I asked God to heal Tessa. I decided that Tessa felt trapped inside a body that kept her from expressing her frustrations, fears, anger and so she needed healing. I summoned the courage to just ask point blank- “God, please take away Tessa’s autism. Heal her and make her whole. Let her be the child she was meant to be.

And I waited. There were mornings I would wake up thinking, maybe today’s the day. But it never happened.   I didn’t get the miracle I asked for. But – I did get a miracle!

In a way that I can’t explain, I had an epiphany. I woke up in the middle of the night and realized that it was not Tessa who needed healing – it was me! I went up to her room and hugged her while she was sleeping . Tessa was fine. She was beautiful. She was created in God’s image just like everyone else. No – I was the one who was desperate and needed healing. I had begun to lose hope of anything getting better. But once I asked for a miracle, albeit the wrong one, the transformation began and it wasn’t her transformation, it was mine. This dark veil of hopelessness was lifted and I began to see things differently. I had a renewed sense of hope that gave me energy and strengthened my faith. The transformation I experienced was a big step in my call to ordained ministry. I truly believe that if I’d never asked for that healing miracle, I might have never have acted on Gods call. I might have never experienced the JOY of answering God’s call. Even more importantly, Tessa might not have fully experienced the deep love I have for her.

What stands out for me in the story about blind Bartimaeus is not the miracle itself, but his request for the miracle. Bartimaeus was a blind beggar – the bottom of the bottom so when he reached out to Jesus, he was desperate. Jesus called him to come. When Bartimaeus made his plea, Jesus’ response was “Go, your faith has made you well.” His faith would not have made him well if he didn’t go to Jesus and tell him what he needed.

Jesus calls us to him and wants us to tell him what we need, but we have to be audacious enough to answer.

 

We need to be brave, bold and believing miracle seekers like Bartimaeus was the day he met Jesus. We need to bravely call out for mercy and when Jesus asks us, “What do you want me to do for you?” we have to be bold enough to ask for what might seem like too much to ask. And then we have to believe. We have to believe in the power of Jesus’ love to heal and transform.

Then. . .we have to step back and watch the miracle unfold.

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves

October 25, 2015

Proper 25 Year B

Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22

Hebrews 7:23-28

Mark 10:46-52

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

October 18, 2015

Proper 24 Year B

Job 38:1-7, 34-41

Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b

Hebrews 5:1-10

Mark 10:35-45

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Karen Cuffie

October 11, 2015

Proper 23 Year B

Job 23:1-9, 16-17

Psalm 22:1-15

Hebrews 4:12-16

Mark 10:17-31

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Rev. Shelley Booth Denney

October 4, 2015

Proper 22 Year B

Job 1:1; 2:1-10

Psalm 26

Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12

Mark 10:2-16