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If it isn’t Good News for the Poor, it isn’t Good News

When I last lived in Chicago,  I lived in Andersonville but taught on the Southwest side.  Every morning I drove  the entire length of  Lake Shore Drive to the Eisenhower,  got off at Cicero,  driving past Midway airport to get to school.  No matter what,  this was at least a 45-minute drive. Then, I’d reverse […]Read more “If it isn’t Good News for the Poor, it isn’t Good News”

Popping Champagne

Years ago a theologian  from University of Chicago said this: “Christians ought to be celebrating constantly. We ought to be preoccupied with parties, banquets, feasts, and merriment. We ought to give ourselves over to joy because we have been liberated from the fear of life and the fear of death. We ought to attract people […]Read more “Popping Champagne”

Who Makes the Paths Straight?

O Come, O Come Emmanuel. I speak to you in the name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,Mother to us all. Amen+True Confession:I’m terrible atpreparing for Christmas.For years, our houseremained bare of decorationsbecause the weeksbefore Christmaswere all about preparingfor finals when I was a teacher,and now that I’m a priest,I’m too busywith church to […]Read more “Who Makes the Paths Straight?”

Commitment Sunday: Putting our whole trust in God’s grace and love

My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God. I speak to you in the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Mother to us all. Amen+ If you were here last week or if you followed the photos on Facebook, you know that we baptized six—SIX!—babies on All Saints’ […]Read more “Commitment Sunday: Putting our whole trust in God’s grace and love”

Sermon for Sunday, September 19, 2021

We love people who are the greatest,  those who amaze us  with their skills and talents,  Tiger Woods in his heyday multi-talented superstars like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Beyoncé,  or gymnast Simone Biles who is certainly a GOAT— greatest of all time— in gymnastics and  a courageous crusader against the abuse of gymnasts.  We love knowing  […]Read more “Sermon for Sunday, September 19, 2021”

The Rev. E. Suzanne Wille’s First Sermon at All Saints’ Chicago

Well, hello, All Saints! I can’t tell you how happy I am to FINALLY be here! As my home church, the church that sponsored me for ordination, the church that has been my gold standard of what a joyful, welcoming church looks like, you’ve often been on my mind. But for the past few months […]Read more “The Rev. E. Suzanne Wille’s First Sermon at All Saints’ Chicago”

The Way Forward Requires Remembering the Wisdom of the Past

I speak to you in the name of one God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen + The way forward requires remembering the wisdom of the past…the way forward requires remembering the wisdom of the past. This summer, I was gifted a journaling companion entitled “The Next Right Thing,” by author Emily P. Freeman. It […]Read more “The Way Forward Requires Remembering the Wisdom of the Past”

Defiled and Defiant

Sunday Sermon, 11:00 a.m. service | August 29, 2021 Sermon for the 11:00 a.m. service on the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, August 29, 2021, preached by the Rev. Dr. Mark Andrew Jefferson, assistant professor of homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary Dr. Jefferson preached three distinct different sermons at each of our Sunday services at 8am, […]Read more “Defiled and Defiant”