Sermons

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Sep. 25, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Sep 25, 2022 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Angels abound today! They are in the reading from Genesis, the psalm, the story from Revelation, and in the Gospel, [and at 10:30 angels abound in all three hymns we sing this morning]. Let’s start with what  is happening as Jesus calls Nathanael. Although we hear little else about Nathanael this bit is quite revealing; “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Jesus says of him. He sees a person of honesty and integrity, he saw this otherwise ordinary person he’d observed under a fig tree had great potential.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Sep. 18, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Sep 18, 2022 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The prophet Amos’s words of warning are for dishonest marketplace dealers, “Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land,” he begins. He imagines their thoughts as longing for festival or sabbath days to end so that they may sell again, and suggests they will undertake unjust and well known practices, making “the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.” Meaning they will trade a smaller measure of grain (ephah) for more shekels (a measure of gold or silver weight) for less than its worth, against the law as stated in both Leviticus and Deuteronomy.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Sep. 11, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Sep 11, 2022 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

My nephew Matthew was one of those children who seemed to consider it his duty to disobey whatever his mother (my sister Lisa) told him. One visit I recall being especially challenging. She needed to go to Sears, and on our way in from the car, Matthew, then three or four, broke free from her hand and ran up to one of those riding toys out front (this one a silver painted rocket) that for a quarter or two lurched and rocked for a few minutes.

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

Posted by on Sun, Sep 4, 2022 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

“Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.” This is exactly why we say Jesus wouldn’t have made a very good parish priest—or even a good church Greeter! Can you imagine hearing those words as a greeter hands you a bulletin?

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Father Peter’s sermon preached on Aug. 28, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Aug 28, 2022 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The 12th Sunday after Pentecost Aug. 28, 2022 Text forthcoming. © 2022 Peter Strimer. All rights reserved. Posted with...

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Elizabeth’s sermon preached on Aug. 21, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Aug 21, 2022 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus’ healing is criticized because he was “working” on the Sabbath. As we recall from Isaiah’s passage, “If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in the Lord.” It seems that the Sabbath is an important theme in today’s readings.

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