Sermons by The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

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November 1, 2020: Sermon Preached by the Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

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Year A; All Saints Sunday, November 1, 2020 Matthew 5:1-12   In elementary school, I could not take tests without panicking. I would instantly feel the anxiety of performing and forget everything I learned. Some people call that “choking.” Yes, I choked before I took a test. My mother shared this information with the teachers […]

October 11, 2020: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

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Year A; FB; Proper 23; 10.11.2020 Philippians 4:1-9   Dawn was my sister’s friend for nearly 20 years. Marilyn, my sister and Dawn worked in business development for a non-profit hospice organization in San Diego. They were nurses. Dawn and her husband Jim always included Marilyn, who is single, in holiday dinners at their home. […]

September 20, 2020: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

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Year A; Proper 20; 9.20.2020 Matthew 20:1-16   Last week, I attended a two-day course given electronically by the Racial Equity Institute. Thank you, James Ford for nominating me for this vigorous learning opportunity that instructed me in the power differential of race in our country. I studied data that is publicly available showing how […]

June 14, 2020: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

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Year A; FB.Proper 6; 6.14.2020 Matthew 9:35-10:23   Willie James Jennings begins his seminal theological work with a story about his mother Mary, whose grandmother was a freed South Carolina slave and a dirt farmer. Part of the migration north, Jennings’ family settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan where Mary worked the soil of her Michigan […]

May 17, 2020: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

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Year A; Easter 6; 5.17.2020 John 14:15-21 Let us pray….. OK, God. This was kind of cute in the beginning. We joked early on in this pandemic “distancing” – parents joked about experiencing what teachers REALLY go through with their kids; there was the joke about the urgency of buying toilet paper when the meteor […]