The Ordination of Elizabeth (Cutler) Cummings

Preached at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford, CT
on July 17, 2011

There are more contrasts than you can count in the texts for this ordination liturgy.  We might call them polarities if we wanted to be theologically sophisticated.  But they’re simply opposites.  Paradoxes.  Lists and lists could be made of one thing that stands in opposition to another. From Psalm 84:  The Lord God is sun.  But then, the Lord God is shield as well.  God’s courts are a lovely thing for a fainting soul.  One day in those courts is

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