“What Now?”
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“What Now?”

Saint Patrick’s Day falls exactly one month before Easter this year. We are in the thick of Lent. I am (actually) following my own advice and I am practicing a “gentle Lent” this year. Typically, by now I would be struggling to maintain my discipline of giving up whatever I gave up. I am finding...

Spring Forward
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Spring Forward

I am steeling myself to “spring forward” this coming Sunday. Even though my alarm will ring at 5:00am, my body will be keenly aware that it is only 4:00am. This annual rite of spring was undertaken to increase the number of work-able daylight hours. In elementary school, we were told the time change was made...

A Gentle Lent
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A Gentle Lent

In the Ash Wednesday sermon I offered yesterday, I said, “During Lent we are called to deal honestly and courageously with our sin and sorrow.” Lent acknowledges and celebrates that it is OK not to be OK. Lent is open season on grief—and we have a lot to grieve. The stories and images coming out...

Children & Ourselves
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Children & Ourselves

When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods the...

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

A Sermon preached by the Rev. Richard G. P. Kukowski at Grace Church, Silver Spring, Maryland on September 27, 2020; it being the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21A) Text: Matthew 21:23-32

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A Sermon preached by the Rev. Richard G. P. Kukowski at Grace Church, Silver Spring on September 6, 2020; it being the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18A) Text: Exodus 12: 1-14

The Second Sunday after Pentecost
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The Second Sunday after Pentecost

I had a sermon prepared for today and it was a good sermon – probably not great, but a good sermon based mainly on the passage we just heard from Paul’s letter to the Romans.

The Feast of Pentecost
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The Feast of Pentecost

One word – Spirit. In Hebrew, it is, “ruach.” And, by the way, that Hebrew word is a feminine word. In Greek, it is, “pneuma.” In English, it is “wind” which can be also translated as “spirit” or “breath.” And all refer to air and its presence in our lives.