Sermon for Christmas Eve

2018 was a fairly good year for grammar, with a few notable exceptions. Twitter, obviously. But there were also problems in higher grammar, as any fan of the Oxford comma will tell you. That’s the so-called “optional” comma before the word “and” at the end of a list.

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Kate Alexander
Sparkle

There was a time when I danced on tables and sang show tunes at the top of my lungs, dressed in outlandish costumes and performed in chorus lines.

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Ragan Sutterfield
Flying Turkeys

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. And I really hope everyone caught the replay of one of the funniest moments in sitcom history: WKRP In Cincinnati’s iconic “Turkeys Away” episode. It’s now a Thanksgiving classic.

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Kate Alexander
Hope Beyond Walls

The night after it happened, I took a metro train to downtown Chicago. My friend and I were the only ones in the fluorescent lit cars.  We were surprised the trains were even running, but we were glad for the rhythm of a their scheduled stops.

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Ragan Sutterfield
A Jewel of our Faith

In the first confirmation class I ever led, there was a remarkable young woman who had come to the Episcopal Church from a fundamentalist background. Seeing our Church through her eyes was enlightening and formative for me.

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Hannah Hooker
Sermon for All Saints' Day

A strange urban legend has been confirmed recently. At long last, reporters found people willing to go on record to discuss a long-standing but illegal practice having to do with spreading the ashes of loved ones.

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Ragan Sutterfield
Along the Road from Jericho

He dreamed of the sound of the Jordan and the smell of soil, laughter along the river banks, the soft push of wind as his uncle handed him a wriggling fish, its scales slick and barbed. Then into his dream came Judah calling: “Wake up! The pilgrims are going to be generous today.”

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Ragan Sutterfield
Over-notified

According to a recent headline, the total amount of human knowledge is doubling approximately every 13 months. And now, with the help of the internet, we are quickly on our way to doubling knowledge every 12 hours.

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Kate Alexander
Doctor-Divers

Remember being asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? If you’re still a kid, you probably get asked this a lot. It got intense in high school, as I recall. Adults came in for career day to explain the merits of their chosen professions.

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Kate Alexander
Saved by Fire and Salt

He didn’t tell anyone where he was going–a rookie mistake, but he was no beginner. The wind worn rock, the water etched sediments, each boney snag reaching up from the desert floor: it was a familiar place, a landscape he had mastered.

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Ragan Sutterfield
A Capable Wife

You know I can’t resist saying a few words about today’s passage from Proverbs. I can’t speak for the guys, but as a woman preacher it’s just too good to pass up. “A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” So begins a famous list of what makes a great wife.

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Kate Alexander
Close Your Mouth, Sally

Rural Arkansas is filled with all kinds of characters, but one of my favorites is named Sally. Sally puts together a funeral potluck like you’ve never seen, and she is the most devoted preacher’s wife and grandmother I’ve ever met.

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Hannah Hooker
Searching for the True Cross of Christ

When I was a child I had a small museum in the bedroom I shared with my brother. On the walkway toward our house, there was a hand painted sign directing visitors where to go, and near the entrance to our room I had a “pay what you can” donation jar.

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Ragan Sutterfield
Sneakers, a Foreigner, and Hope

Today is Kick Off Sunday at Christ Church. It’s the day we launch the full slate of classes for children and youth here, and celebrate a new season of ministry with a kind of back to school enthusiasm. To do this we use a football reference, which is not exactly my strong suit.

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Kate Alexander
The Purity of the Flesh

I knew a girl once in Chicago who dreamed of living on nothing but air. I was just out of college, working at a library, and I’d met her in a small organic grocery store. We became friends and had many conversations which all came around, eventually, to spirituality.

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Ragan Sutterfield
The Weather and the Whales

I was recently in Juneau, AK on an extended family trip. If you haven’t been there, the first thing I should tell you about the place is that it’s God’s country. More specifically, the town is in a temperate rainforest next to the ocean.

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Kate Alexander