Feast Days

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Dec. 25, 2022, at 10:30 AM

Posted by on Sun, Dec 25, 2022 in Christmas, Feast Days, Sermons

If Luke is all about the visuals, tangible details and painting the story for us to feast our eyes upon, then John is about what we hear, the sounds more than the sights. The Word as a symbol is already rather abstract —nothing we can really picture seeing. It gives us a depth of knowing instead.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Dec. 24, 2022, at 10:00 PM

Posted by on Sat, Dec 24, 2022 in Christmas, Feast Days, Sermons

No room for them. What if Joseph and Mary had knocked on yours or my door? Taking the story literally, I’m embarrassed to say my first thought is where could I put them? Because the guest bed is covered with books, a bit of ironing to do, gifts to wrap, and stuff that just needing to be put away.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Nov. 6, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Nov 6, 2022 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Whose name did you write on these ribbons? Whose name is foremost in your mind on this day of All Saints? If you are like me there may be quite a few; People we love and miss, those we grieve even as we give thanks for their presence in our life and impact on our world. Their names are woven to form our altar cloth, as they are woven through our lives. Of those names, were any of them perfect? Any without sin? They were like us, and like that crowd assembled in today’s gospel; all sorts of people and conditions, from different places and classes; imperfect souls gathered on the plain and looking for Jesus.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Easter Day, Apr. 17, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Apr 17, 2022 in Easter, Feast Days, Sermons

Alleluia! Alleluia! The world needs Easter right now, more than ever. Considering all that is happening and all that you and I carry in our hearts today, and knowing how long we have waited to come together like this, it is gloriously good to proclaim our Alleluias! While we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with great fanfare and flowers and joy we know it isn’t necessarily so for those in critical need or deep grief, people of the Ukraine or any war torn place or under great threat. The hope dawning in Christ’s resurrection also emerges in small quiet ways. Ways that sneak up on us when we are in dark times, because resurrection is not so much a single historical moment or even a grand annual event. It is a process —of seeking, finding, living, and welcoming it however it comes.

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Photos: Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday

Posted by on Wed, Mar 2, 2022 in Events, Feast Days, Lent, Photos

A selection of photos from the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Lent, and Ash Wednesday, taken Mar. 1 & 2, 2022.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Jan. 9, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Jan 9, 2022 in Epiphany, Feast Days, Sermons

All the gospels report Jesus’ baptism, prefaced with John declaring Jesus is one greater than himself. We have the impression of John doing the baptizing and the Holy Spirit breaking in. Even the icon on our cover shows the cousins together in the water with the dove descending in the moment. Luke gives a different feel to the scene as he almost passively separates them and shifts the time frame; “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.”

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