Southern Gentle Lady, Be Good

  August 13, 2017 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha D. Kearse, DMin Sermon Series: Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century: The Calling of Wisdom Sermon: Southern Gentle Lady, Be Good Scripture: Exodus 20:16; James 3 We all know the answer to this one question—no matter what the circumstances...

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Thief

August 6, 2017 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost/Communion Proclaimer: Rev. Martha D. Kearse, DMin Sermon Series: The Ten Commandments for the 21st Century: The Calling of Wisdom Sermon: Thief Scripture: Exodus 20:15; Malachi 3:8-10; Psalm 24, 2 Samuel 12:1-7; Ephesians 4:1-28 Sure, I’m a thief. And, as I confess this to...

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Live Long and Prosper

July 16, 2017 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Dixon Kearse, DMin Sermon Series: Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century: The Calling of Wisdom Sermon: Live Long and Prosper Scripture: Exodus 20:12; Genesis 44-45; Ephesians 6:1-4 More than any other writer I can think of, Pat Conroy takes on...

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A Rose, By Any Other Name

July 2 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse, DMin Sermon Series: The Ten Commandments for the 21st Century: The Calling of Wisdom Sermon: A Rose, By Any Other Name Scripture: Exodus 20:7, Proverbs 8:4-11, Matthew 16:13-20, Acts 17:23 I always hear her voice as petulant, that teenager,...

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A2+B2=C2

June 25, 2017 – Third Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse, DMin Sermon Series: Ten Commandments for the 21st Century: The Calling of Wisdom Sermon: A2 + B2 = C2 Scripture: Exodus 20:4-6, Proverbs 8:22-31, John 3:1-15 Once upon a time, there was a man named Isaac Newton who knew...

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Answer Boldly

May 28, 2017 – Seventh Sunday of Easter/Communion Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse, DMin Sermon: Answer Boldly Scripture: Acts 9:1-19; 1 Kings 19:9b-13; Psalm 46 No one ever told me that Joan of Arc, Jeanne d’Arc or Jeanne La Pucelle to you francophiles, was such a rebel. In every movie I’ve ever...

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Salty

January 15, 2017 – Second Sunday after Epiphany Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Sermon: Salty Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:1-8; Isaiah 40:28-31; Matthew 3:1-12, 5:13 When John the Baptist was still in the womb, his mother, Elizabeth, was visited by her cousin, Mary. According to the story, when Mary came into view, the baby...

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Stepping Back

September 4, 2016 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Summer Sermon Series: STORIES TO LIVE BY Sermon: Stepping Back Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16 Thomas Merton’s life was a hot mess. Having been raised by his artist father in places around the US, London, Bermuda and Paris, Thomas Merton came...

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Off Road

August 21, 2016 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Summer Sermon Series: STORIES TO LIVE BY Sermon: Off Road Scripture: Luke 18:9-14; Isaiah 58:6-14 It has been a quiet week in Charlotte, NC, my hometown. One of the presidential candidates came to town this week, with the accompanying...

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Repent.

August 7, 2016 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Summer Sermon Series: STORIES TO LIVE BY Sermon: Repent. Scripture: Luke 12:13-23 I was wrong. Do you remember those little tennis socks that came out in the 70’s? They were cropped to be even with the tops of your...

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