Sermons by Rev. Carr Holland
The Rev. Carr Holland meditates on Matthew 1:18-25: “In Matthew, it is Joseph who cradles Jesus in a blanket woven of character and compassion. He offers the lineage that gives shape to the Christmas crib. He lives the ethical dilemma: law or love. He dreams a way into a compassionate life and yields to it as God’s gift of life for him. His actions become the straw of Christ’s comfort. Perhaps for each of us there is a gift that waits for us as Advent yields to Christmas.”View Sermon
During this timely feast of Christ the King, the Rev. Carr Holland reflects on the vulnerability and compassion of Jesus (Luke 23:33-43): “There’s very little reflective listening in the actors who bring about Christ’s death. The passion and death of Christ is driven by fear, deep human fear. Fear of the potential loss of power, fear of the divine Other’s expectations, fear of an expectation that we can grow more tender and less harsh. Fear that we will lose something.”View Sermon
The Rev. Carr Holland considers Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10): “In this political season, we can find Zacchaeus. In fact, we can find several of them. Someone who has prospered and you’re not sure by what means, how they have come by their wealth, and the level of their morality. Zacchaeus was despised by others, his own people, though he was rich. He had no place, so he was viewed by some as outside of God’s grace and care. Maybe we don’t all know his feeling of alienation, but many of us know what it’s like to come to a moment when we realize what we have held as important suddenly is not.”View Sermon
Acts 11:1-18; John 13:31-35
“Where I am going, you cannot come.” Last summer, the community theater called On the Isle on Nantucket invited us to a wonderful story called The Trip to Bountiful . . . You may know the story. It’s a story about the longing for home; it is about our yearning for a place of comfort and security and stability, a place of deep acceptance and unconditional love, a place where we can be ourselves, a place and a people that feed our souls . . .
The passage of House Bill 2 recently and the social debate that’s gone on after it got me to thinking a lot this week… about how much difference there is between law and Gospel. They are never the same thing. The issues of race and forgiveness and care seldom show up in the laws that grab our attention — that is so core to the Gospel. It got me to thinking about what it means to be left out, what it means to be overlooked and not understood.