Sermons

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Dec. 4, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Dec 4, 2022 in Advent, Sermons

John prepared the way and made straight the path by calling people to turn from their worldly ways of fruitlessness, and denouncing the coat-tailing on their spiritual heritage through Abraham. Even John’s baptizing them will not save them, they must do the work of repentance and the change it demands for themselves. He’s saying time is short, “the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

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Tola’s sermon preached on Nov. 27, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Nov 27, 2022 in Advent, Sermons

In our Gospel today Jesus asks us to wait, for the coming of the Son of Man. For his return to us. He asks us to be patient. A few weeks ago, we heard him say in the Gospel of Luke “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, `I am he!’ and, `The time is near!’ Do not go after them.” Today he tells us “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Nov. 20, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Nov 20, 2022 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Here is a true story about something wonderful that happened a few years ago in the little town of Valleycliffe, British Columbia. Valleycliffe lies halfway up the road that climbs from Vancouver to Whistler. Anyone who’s driven the route knows its breathtaking vistas of pristine mountains, vast woodlands, and cobalt blue skies.  As the name Valleycliffe suggests, the town’s homes and shops lie nestled in a valley sheltered by massive granite cliffs, overlooking a river coursing southward toward Howe Sound.  

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Nov. 13, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Nov 13, 2022 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Jesus and his disciples are in Jerusalem at the Temple, and it’s a magnificent sight! They are awed by enormous stone walls, beautiful detail, adornments gifted by people of means, all dedicated to God. People stare in reverent admiration exclaiming over the sight, and Jesus deflates the moment saying, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”

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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 Oct. 30, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Oct 30, 2022 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Anywhere we go this week it seems everyone is celebrating Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve. Even if you stay home the movie selection bears this into our living rooms. Here we do so in such a playful and faith filled way, one can almost forget that it is now almost entirely secular, which makes it all the more delightful to reclaim it. All Hallows’ Eve is characterized by all sorts of things occurring in darkness; haunted houses, bonfires, scary costumes or masks—originally and long ago conceived of to hide one’s identity from the spirits who came to earth on that night to disturb or trouble us. Children have fun with costumes as their favorite identities so to get to embody them or try them on more than to hide from spirits of the dead. We play with this idea of scary darkness by ‘trick or treating’ at night, as costumed children look for neighbor’s porch lights or dress up for community events.

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