Sermons by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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March 1, 2020: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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Lent 1, Temptations Looking at me, you probably don’t think you’re looking at Satan. But re-encountering the story of Jesus’ temptations in preparation for today – and this is a gospel I thought I knew practically by heart – I was taken aback to realize how often I actually take on the role of the […]

December 22, 2019: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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Joseph: fear and courage   How many times in Scripture do we hear some variation of “Fear not”? Whenever I come across the story of someone being approached by God or an angel and being told not to be afraid, inside I find myself thinking: “Be afraid; be very afraid.” For example, when God says […]

November 24, 2019: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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Nov. 24, 2019     Perception The Rev. Mary Lee Wile   “Grandma,” my seven-year old unchurched grandson asked, “where’s your mean picture?” “Mean” picture? Our house is full of photos, paintings, prints, icons – but I couldn’t conjure up a single “mean” picture. “I don’t know which one you’re talking about,” I finally told him. So […]

June 23, 2019: Sermon preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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Gerasene demoniac June 23, 2019 So imagine Jesus has been going through the towns of coastal Maine with his disciples, gathering Christians from all denominations to listen to him speak from the gazebo on the green here in Brunswick. In the earlier part of today’s chapter in Luke’s gospel, he’s also been going from town […]

March 24, 2019: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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  Lent 3, 2019           I AM (a God of infinite compassion, and high expectations)   Beware of desiring to encounter the living God. Moses turned aside to see the bush that burned without being consumed. “Take off your shoes,” he was told. “The place you are standing is holy ground.” So he did. We all […]

February 17, 2019: Sermon preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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Luke’s beatitudes 2019 When I first saw that I was given Luke’s beatitudes as the text for today’s sermon, I got all excited. It’s about blessings, and I’d gotten to preach about blessings back in Advent in connection with Mary’s song. The fact that, in these beatitudes, Jesus connects blessings with poverty and discrimination seemed […]

June 17, 2018: Sermon preached by the Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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  Scattering seeds When I picked up my granddaughter at kindergarten last Wednesday, she had in her hand a square of paper no bigger than a postage stamp. With tender care she showed me how it unfolded into what she called a “map” of how a flower grows. It consisted of three small illustrations of […]