Posted June 30, 2014 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Jeremiah 28;5-9 and Matthew 10:40-42 The Gospel passage is pretty straight forward: Unswervingly, Jesus is giving us every reason to throw ourselves int extravagant embraces, no holding back, arms and hearts outstretched until they reach all the way around the stranger, even to include the ones we find hardest to hug. Why? Because that kind [...]
Posted June 9, 2014 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
It was two days before Christmas. I was mired up –making sure the donkey would walk for the Christmas Eve service and everything else that bunches up and crushes right then… But the article was too good to miss. Or to fail to save. It was written in part, I suspect, because last winter’s winds, [...]
Posted March 18, 2014 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Ephesians 2: 4-10 and Ephesians 2:19-22 Last week, we began this sermon series on the Letter to the Ephesians. Because it’s the work in the New Testament that gives the most insight into how we might grow up or mature in Christ. I sort of spoiled the surprise. If the question is how is it [...]
Posted December 22, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7 The Gospel lesson for today is Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus. But when I was choosing the readings for today, I decided, if you want to hear that story, you should come to church on Christmas Eve! So we’re left with the Isaiah prophecy, the Psalm [...]
Posted November 24, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Psalm 46 and Colossians 1:11-20. Today is Christ the King Sunday. If you aren’t sure exactly what that means, you are not alone. I’ve always known, well at least since my seminary years, that it was the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Right before we get started again with Advent. But for the first [...]
Posted November 17, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Proverbs 3:1-6; John 21: 1-11; Hebrews 11:1-3 A word of thanks to begin with. To your Interim Minister, Dr. Tendai, an old friend from our shared NYC days. And to his wife, Dotty who I am glad to see. I think she’d rather not be referred to as the First Lady, but I do hope [...]
Posted October 14, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 and Luke 17:11-19 Last week, I asked us to think of ourselves as outsiders. Now, I know most weeks, today’s congregation isn’t the same as last weeks. So only some of you heard last Sunday’s sermon. So then I’m asking you to begin again this week, or asking for the first time [...]
Posted October 9, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Psalm 137 and 2 Timothy 1-14 Some churches function as a sanctuary, a hideout, really, where saints seek safety from the dangers of the world. I remember a pentecostal pastor from the church down the street from the congregation I served in East Harlem. We were having coffee, – much as I had lunch this [...]
Posted September 23, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Last Sunday, trying to open a more approachable way to God, I quoted Bill Coffin, Riverside Church in New York City’s former pastor. Coffin’s insight was that in the face of painful and particularly apparently unnecessary suffering, God is always the first to cry. How surprising then when checking my preaching schedule on Monday morning, [...]
Posted September 9, 2013 by Michael Caine. Filed under Sermons.
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Luke 14:25-33 Our Scripture lessons today are both a bit stringent. In our Deuteronomy passage, Moses finishes his sermonizing to the people of Israel on the plains of Moab before they enter into the Promised Land. He has reheated and served up the Law to the people again, and he’s hardly mincing [...]