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Sermons

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Oct. 18, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Oct 18, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

In today’s parable, Jesus is trying to teach listeners something about God and about the invitation his life is all about, so that they too may ‘walk in the way of insight’, and come to the feast. From Isaiah we just heard, “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples…” He also offers an image of the divine feast from an even earlier time, concluding, “This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Oct. 11, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Oct 11, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

In today’s parable, Jesus is trying to teach listeners something about God and about the invitation his life is all about, so that they too may ‘walk in the way of insight’, and come to the feast. From Isaiah we just heard, “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples…” He also offers an image of the divine feast from an even earlier time, concluding, “This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Sep. 27, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Sep 27, 2020 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Wouldn’t it be great to have a crystal ball which could tell the future?! I’d like to know just how long this pandemic will last, when a trustworthy vaccine will come, and when we can gather in person. I want to know the outcome of November’s election and whether anger and disappointment will lead to violence between polarized weaponized people across our country. I want to know the forest fires will abate and I’d like to know when! Yes, a crystal ball would relieve a lot of preoccupying fear and worry, and yet may not give us the good news we want to hear.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Sep. 20, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Sep 20, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

If we cannot explain our theology to a child, then we don’t understand it. Godly Play, the younger children’s curriculum we use, teaches us that objects often teach better than words. Children learn what a parable is by using a set of many nesting boxes with lids. The leader opens the largest outer one telling them it contains a parable, and then on discovering yet another box goes on to do this with all the nested boxes. In the tiniest one, the leader reaches in to hold up what appears impossible to see and says, “That is why people who loved parables very much put the unseen part in a box, so they could find it and even take it with them.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Sep. 13, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Sep 13, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

When we are constantly challenged by fear or disasters, or like this weekend, an anniversary of one—it can make us feel powerless to affect change. It can also turn us towards becoming our best selves as we stop to seek the bedrock we have as children of God, that firm ground beneath our feet as followers of Christ. This is a time for deepening and strengthening ourselves by learning, practicing, and acting on the most powerful tenets of our faith. In doing this we enter, effect, and persevere through whatever the next incoming challenge may be. So today we focus on the powerful tenet of forgiveness. 

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Sep. 6, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Sep 6, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Today Paul is again speaking of loving each other, about “genuine love.” Last week, Mother Ann noted Paul’s laser-focus on this; “God takes a personal stake in our human actions. God cares deeply that we learn to live with one another in loving ways.”  He instructs, “Be slow to retaliate when you have been offended, doing whatever you can to keep the peace.” This week’s gospel reading from Matthew picks up where Paul left off. Jesus instructs us on healing damaged relationships in the community, a respectful way forward which genuinely seeks reconciliation —instead of in seeking to show how right we are.

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