Notes for Ascension Sunday

Here are my sermons/messages/posts for Ascension Sunday. I normally used the lectionary readings for this Sunday but I used the readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter twice.

May 16, 1999 – Year A – Neon (KY) UMC – “Dreams of the Present, Visions of the Future”

June 4, 2000 – Year B – Walker Valley (NY) UMC – “Keys to the Car”

May 27, 2001 – Year C – Walker Valley (NY) UMC – Lay speaker as I was in Reno, NV, for 24th ABC (now USBC Open) Tournament.

May 12, 2002 – Year A – Walker Valley (NY) UMC – not on file

June 1, 2003 – Year B – Tompkins Corners (NY) UMC – “Where Did He Go?”

May 23, 2004 – Year C – Tompkins Corners (NY) UMC – “That One Moment In Time”
(I used the lectionary for the 7th Sunday of Easter for this message)

May 8, 2005 – Year A – Tompkins Corners (NY) UMC – “The Faith That We Are Taught”

May 28, 2006 – Year B – I was in Corpus Christi, TX, for my 29th ABC (now USBC Open Tournament). I posted “Bowling and Church”
because someone wanted to know the relationship between bowling and the church.

May 20, 2007 – Year C – What Do You Know?

May 4, 2008 – Year A – Dover UMC (Dover Plains, NY) – “On Eagle’s Wings”

May 24, 2009 – Year B – The Next Step

May 16, 2010 – Year C – Gardnertown UMC (Newburgh, NY) – “Should We Explain This?”
(I used the lectionary for the 7th Sunday of Easter for this message)

June 5, 2010 – Year A – “To See the World with a New View”

“I Hear That There Are Divisions Among You”: Discerning the Broken Body at General Conference 2012


I will not always agree wit the thoughts that others have concerning what transpired at GC2012 but the only way we are going to go forward is when we know what those thoughts are.

Originally posted on Uniting Grace:

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So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)

The matter of unworthiness has a sticky history in Protestantism.  Most astute readers of Scripture now agree that Paul’s concern for “eating unto damnation” was not an issue of individual sin, but rather of communal brokenness that made a mockery of the Lord’s Supper.  At issue in Corinth was not a bunch of sinners eating something that they had no business eating (for we are always sinners asking for scraps and sips of grace), but that the community was unmaking the…

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