Sermons

Mother Ann’s sermon preached on June 13, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jun 13, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

At the dawn of the 20th century, when empirical science was still new to faith, a young French priest fell in love with geology. Tielhard de Chardin was convinced that if he could learn to trace the hand of the Creator in earth’s cliffs and crevasses, mountain ranges and coastlines, he would disclose the face of God. Chardin persuaded his superiors to send him to university to find out.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on June 6, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jun 6, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The readings this week lead me to think that maybe Creator God and God in Christ had some serious anger issues. Adam and Eve hear God “walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze” as if a repeating idyllic occurrence between them. It calls to mind the sheep who know the Good Shepherd’s voice, and the Shepherd who knows and calls them by name. This time is different because their prevailing feeling is shame instead of affectionate welcome. They hide because in disobeying God, they now see their nakedness.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 30, 2021

Posted by on Sun, May 30, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons, Trinity Sunday

Nicodemus is called The Patron Saint of the Curious; particularly those curious about Jesus. Nicodemus wants to believe and yet struggles. He comes with a mind clear about Jesus coming from God. It’s the sort of clarity that’s only from the neck up though. When Jesus begins to speak with him he’s confused because he takes Jesus literally. Born from above? Born again? How could that be? The distinction between the ‘world’ and ‘above’ is significant, and it’s in the tension between contradictions or opposite poles that John’s gospel often invites us to explore and enrich our faith. Like Nicodemus coming by dark of night to learn from the one who is the Light of the World. John’s use of contrast to make a point continues; the word kosmos or ‘world’ most often means those forces opposed to God, some term it ‘the God-hating world,’ and suggesting that in John’s gospel you can often replace ‘world’ with that phrase.

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Kelly’s sermon preached on May 23, 2021

Posted by on Sun, May 23, 2021 in Easter, Pentecost, Sermons

The Day of Pentecost:Whitsunday May 23, 2021 Happy Feast of Pentecost to you!  I have to say, it’s pretty cool to be celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church as we get ready to reopen this church, and regather together here in this place.  When you return to this building and finally see each other in the flesh, I bet there will be a sweet familiarity.  It might even feel like coming home.  And at the same time, it will be so much more than familiarity, or homecoming, won’t it? It will be a new beginning we’ve been longing and hoping for, and it will transform...

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 16, 2021

Posted by on Sun, May 16, 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 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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