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“The new year begins with HOPE,” by The Rev. Polly Robb

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The First Sunday of Advent,    Nov. 29th 2020 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence– as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil– to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at […]

“Enter here…” by The Rev. Polly Robb

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The Last Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 25: 31-46 One year ago, November 23rd to be exact, by the grace of God, I was ordained to the priesthood in Christ’s one holy catholic and apostolic church. If you were there, you know, it was an ordination to remember. The church was packed full, the reception hall […]

“Why pray when you can worry?” by The Rev. Polly Robb

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The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 25:14-30  I am glad to be back with you today. While I loved worshipping with our brothers and sisters at the National Cathedral on All Saints Day, and I so very much appreciated Rachel’s fine sermon last week while I was away at Camp McDowell, I missed being here […]

“Willing to give in to love,” by The Rev. Polly Robb

Sermon on the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, October 25, 2020 Well friends, we are near the end of the church year. Four Sundays, only 4, lie between now and the first Sunday of Advent. I don’t say this to remind you to start your Christmas shopping—heaven forbid! My family will tell you, I don’t even […]

“Is the Lord with us or not?” by The Rev. Polly Robb

Sermon at minute 21:20 on this YouTube recording  Or read it below.  Sermon Proper 21 Year A Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Sept. 27th 2020 So Moses struck the rock, and water came out of it, that the people could drink.” And he called the place Massah and Meribah, which means “Strife,” because the Israelites quarreled […]

“God sees the good in the world just as starkly as we see the bad.” by The Rev. Polly Robb

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“God sees the good…God transforms the bad.” sermon recorded after live stream had technical difficulties. Text is below.  There’s a theme in the readings today.  A refrain that arises from the Israelites roaming in the desert and repeats itself in the Judean countryside where Jesus is traveling.  We’re familiar with this theme, you and I, […]

“A story that should eat at us.” by The Rev. Polly Robb

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Good morning! It’s great to see you all here in church, and to be able to live stream to all of you St. Luke’s friends at home as well. My homiletics professor might chastise me for starting a sermon with an informal greeting, rather than jumping straight into the text, but this gospel is about […]

“Things go BOOM!” by The Rev. Polly H. Robb

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In my first year of seminary I had a NT professor whose personality was as big as life. His goal in teaching the NT was to get us students up to speed on what the people who wrote the books about Jesus of Nazareth were talking about. But he didn’t want us to just know […]