Posts by katherinesedwick

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on June 26, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Jun 26, 2022 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit [ready for use] for the kingdom of God.” his scripture is the basis for the very old African American Spiritual you just heard.* That was Mahalia Jackson singing it with the Duke Ellington Band in 1954. It is a song of looking forward and hope, an exhortation to keep steady and “Hold on!” while you do. It characterized Jesus’ insistence on looking forward, and to following him no matter how hard or hopeless things might be, and was sung by people who knew both slavery and the plow.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on June 5, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Jun 5, 2022 in Easter, Pentecost, Sermons

There was a fellow, Elliot, who had been skipping church quite a bit lately, and the more he did so the more he began to enjoy his quiet Sunday mornings. This did not escape the notice of his parish priest who wondered what was up. The priest called Elliot, and he stumbled through a few weak reasons like not feeling very energetic, and how many things have changed lately like new people coming and old friends dying, and how busy he was keeping up with his garden and home repairs. The priest remembered Elliot had once been a warden, helped with church yard work, pledge campaigns, food drives, etc., and was concerned. Clearly an in-person visit was called for.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 29, 2022

Posted by on Sun, May 29, 2022 in Easter, Sermons

Paul and Silas were taken to the magistrates for ruining the means of money-making for owners of a slave who could tell fortunes. They accused them of disturbing the city. They were stripped of clothing, beaten with rods, put into the deepest prison cell and their feet placed in stocks. What else is there to do in such desperate circumstances but pray and sing hymns to God?! We are told the other prisoners listened.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 22, 2022

Posted by on Sun, May 22, 2022 in Easter, Sermons

It is quite likely that if you look up chapter 5 of John’s gospel in your bible at home it will be missing verse four. Mine goes from 1, 2, 3, to 5, and because “the Greek text of these verses became confused in the ancient manuscripts” and so some later manuscripts explain the reference to the stirring of the water, saying those at the pool were “waiting for the stirring of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred up the water; whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made well from whatever disease that person had.” (Commentary and quotes for John 5:3b-4 are by Gail R. O’Day, Candler School of Theology, Emory Univ. Atlanta, GA. in The New Interpreters’ Study Bible, 2003, Abingdon Press.) So this is what waiting for the water in the pool to be ‘stirred up’ is all about.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 8, 2022

Posted by on Sun, May 8, 2022 in Easter, Sermons

Shepherd, and the one from the Revelation to John goes a step beyond that, though it may sound confusing at first…

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