Sermons by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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May 2, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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  Perfect love casts out fear   Today’s readings are awash in love. We already know from our patron St. Paul that nothing –“neither death, nor life, … nor things present, nor things to come” — nothing “in all creation” – can separate us from God’s love. And that means all of us – slave […]

March 28, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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Take 2, Palm Sunday 2021   It was perhaps four or five years ago when we were taking our Good Friday Stations of the Cross around the block and out onto Maine Street that a pickup truck pulled alongside us; the driver called out, “What are you protesting?” At first, I was taken aback, but […]

August 9, 2020: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

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The waves that beat against our boat   I don’t often name my sermons, but in my mind the title for this one has always been “The waves that beat against our boat,” even though the sermon itself begins in a landlocked pasture near Schechem, with Jacob’s sons.   The older sons resented Joseph because […]

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 […]