Sermon: Lazarus

Lazarus Treasure in Heaven September 25, 2022 – Peace Rev. Michael Swartz Luke 16: 19-31 The Rich Man and Lazarus 19 ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named...

Sermon: “Scandal”

Sunday, September 18, 2022 Proper 20C Church of Peace Michael Swartz “…casting all your cares on Him because he cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7 Spoiler alert, I will be talking about Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.  And I refer to the...

Sermon: “Where Were You?”

Where were you? September 11, 2022 Michael Swartz Where were you on September 11, 2001?  It is one of those questions that a generation can answer. 9/11 ranks with December 7, 1941 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor; November 22, 1963 when John F. Kennedy was...

“Backstory”

Backstory Philemon 1-21 September 4, 2022 Michael Swartz When I think of the current war in Ukraine, and the Russian invasion under Putin, there is a backstory.  The Soviet Union was an Ally in WWII. Former British prime minister Winston Churchill in a speech in...

Sermon: Hospitality

Hospitality August 28, 2022 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Michael Swartz Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, thereby some have entertained angels unawares. When I agreed to fill in for four months here at the Church of Peace, Mary Oelschlaeger asked me to answer...

Marginalization

August 21, 2022 Invisible woman – Luke 13:10-17 Michael Swartz The woman healed by Jesus in the Gospel reading for today was clearly suffering from osteoporosis. The Mayo Clinic website characterizes the disease this way: “Osteoporosis affects men and women of...

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