Season after Pentecost

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Oct. 17, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Oct 17, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

A staunch atheist taught my undergrad Philosophy of Religion class. He challenged students to question andto think ever more deeply, which often led me into moments of personal revelation. One lecture edged into a rant against Christianity saying something like, Do you know what they hang on their walls and around their necks? An instrument of torturous execution! Some even have the body nailed to it—how sick is that!? I reaching for the cross around my neck, silently scrutinizing its symbolism to me, and wondering why I didn’t find it repellant. He closed the lecture by likening the cross to an ornamental electric chair or lethal injection syringe. He certainly challenged me… and one of us was missing the point.

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Livestream: October 10, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Oct 10, 2021 in Livestream, Season after Pentecost

An archival video of the Sunday service streamed live via Vimeo and Facebook Live, on Oct. 10, 2021 at 10:30 AM. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Oct. 10, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Oct 10, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

A man of wealth asks Jesus about eternal life in our reading from Mark today, he’s also in Matthew and Luke, though with significant differences. One critical message is that Mark tells us, “Jesus, looking at him, loved him.” None of the other accounts include this declaration. Furthermore, he is the only person in Mark’s gospel of whom this is said. This one phrase carries a vital truth; the failure to give with a generous heart or even to cut loose from something else which binds us, does not make anyone less deserving of Jesus’ love. Though to do so brings us to more fully embody and multiply that love.

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Livestream: September 26, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Sep 26, 2021 in Feast Days, Livestream, Season after Pentecost

An archival video of the Sunday service streamed live via Vimeo and Facebook Live, on Sep. 26, 2021 at 10:30 AM. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Sep. 26, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Sep 26, 2021 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The celebration of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels dates back to the 12th Century in the Western Church, and all the way back to the 4th century in the Eastern Church. Our patronal feast day survived numerous purgings of the church calendar, and so it remains. We honor what points the way to Christ, and helps us understand the angels’ place in our world. So, I’ve been thinking about how we see the Archangel Michael, and ‘all angels,’ about what we receive and learn from them. Personally I shrink back a bit from the more fearsome depictions and stories of him, perhaps because I don’t warm to the idea of images of violence in God’s service. And yet…I think I’ve been wrong. In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis asks, “To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?” So how do we look at him?

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Livestream: September 19, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Sep 19, 2021 in Livestream, Season after Pentecost

An archival video of the Sunday service streamed live via Vimeo and Facebook Live, on Sep. 19, 2021 at 10:30 AM. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

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