Posts by katherinesedwick

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 9, 2021

Posted by on Sun, May 9, 2021 in Easter, Sermons

Psalm 98 is a psalm of praise and a hymn of Enthronement of the Lord, intended for the enthronement festival of the New Year. A community of faith is formed and strengthened by praising God, and here the psalm’s movement is from expressing joy at the mighty acts of Yahweh throughout history, to the deep promise God makes with us and the awareness of God’s justice and equity. The psalm is so powerful, joyful, and evocative that it’s assigned for Christmas as well as five other times, including today.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 2, 2021

Posted by on Sun, May 2, 2021 in Easter, Sermons

“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” We just heard this from the first letter of John. It’s really all the sermon anyone needs today, and if you want to stop there, that’s just fine. The problem is, love is just as hard to define as God! Could anyone create an answer that satisfies every listener this morning? In our gospel and then in the first letter of John’s today there is a defining characteristic of both, and one I know to be true. True with a capital T, and not just true for me or for a handful of similarly-minded individuals. Holy Truth. Jesus says it, “Abide in me as I abide in you.” To abide is to live within, to dwell ongoing in. Us in him, he in us.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on April 25, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Apr 25, 2021 in Easter, Sermons

The 23rd Psalm is usually the only one most people have memorized, or at the very least know well enough to recognize. As much as it should be worn out by now, for many it’s also the only thing that will do for funerals. The idea of Jesus as the ‘Good Shepherd’ is comforting that way too. The idea forms one of the very earliest known images of Jesus, found in the Catacombs of Rome in a third-century fresco. It shows a fairly scruffy beardless Jesus with rough shepherd’s clothing and gear carrying a rather earthy looking lamb with two more at his feet.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on April 18, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Apr 18, 2021 in Easter, Sermons

This sounds much like last week’s gospel and yet, in Luke’s way of telling, it’s got a different feel and emphasis. There’s no mention of Thomas and his need to see his doubts answered, and no mention of the Holy Spirit. Last week John or a narrator tells the reader these things are written so that we “may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God…” Today it is Jesus himself who speaks, explaining, “You are witnesses of these things.”

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on April 11, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Apr 11, 2021 in Easter, Sermons

The thing about doubt is that we have to trust them. I know that sounds antithetical but it is a good thing to roll them over in your mind like an interesting stone in your hand, explore them. This leaves us open to all sorts of possibilities, and pretending we have no doubts or never speaking of them means they can’t be aired out or reconsidered in the light, and silencing them is isolating.

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