Posts by rector_emeritus

Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Mar. 6, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Mar 6, 2022 in Lent, Sermons

On this first Sunday of Lent each year, we meet Jesus as he steps forward from his baptism. God has just called out from the clouds, “My beloved Son!” That unspeakable accolade rings in his ears. This is an amazing, decisive moment for Jesus, as God’s Holy Spirit drives him forward into his ministry…and Satan pounces to drag him back. It’s crucial we grasp these great struggling forces—Spirit driving events forward, Satan dragging them back—so we can grasp the full significance of everything that happens for the rest of Christ’s life, and ours.

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Dec. 12, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Dec 12, 2021 in Advent, Sermons

In this morning’s Gospel from St Luke, we watch John the Baptist turn on his heel to challenge the crowds who are following him. “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” And thus John proceeds with many more such exhortations, which St Luke sums up as “John proclaiming the good news to the people.”

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Nov. 14, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Nov 14, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

It was deep winter in 1582 when a pious nun, St. Teresa of Avila, left her convent near Madrid, and headed north into the Spanish foothills. Her mission was to open a new convent for her young novices, far from the temptations of the world. A downpour broke out as the women’s carriage began its descent into a steep valley, flanked on either side by coursing rivers. The road leading to the bridge spanning them was rapidly flooding. The nervous driver and horses lost sight of the shoulders, and currents threatened to sweep the carriage off the road into one abyss or the other. Teresa turned to her young charges and assured them of their ultimate safety because they were undertaking God’s good work.

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Aug. 29, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Following the first Easter, as Jesus ascended into heaven and God’s Spirit descended on the disciples, they felt amazingly energized—yet quite unsure just how to go on. For three long years Jesus had personally led them by word and example. Now he commissioned them to serve as a spirited committee of twelve to build up the Church—a bit like commissioning an eager new vestry, without providing them with a building, a priest or a Prayer Book.

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Aug. 22, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Aug 22, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The Bible is brilliant at expressing what it’s like to journey with God. For example, listen to Yahweh speaking through the prophet Hosea: ‘When Israel was a child I loved him…I taught him to walk and took him up in my arms…like a father lifting an infant to his cheek…I bent down to him and fed him…Though Israel is bent on turning away from me, how can I give him up? My compassion grows warm and tender, and I will return my people to their homes. For I am the Holy One in their midst.’

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