Sermons

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Dec. 5, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Dec 5, 2021 in Advent, Sermons

From a catalogue of all of the centers of might and wealth with their rulers of import, authority, and fame, it is John, son of Zechariah to whom God’s word is spoken. Spoken not in the temple or great mountaintop, but in the wilderness. God’s word calls him to go out among people to tell them about the one who is to come. Our Advent creche finds us looking at the empty manger awaiting the infant Messiah, though John’s call to prepare the way for the adult Jesus about to begin his ministry is not so different from our preparation for the birth of Christ.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Nov. 28, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Nov 28, 2021 in Advent, Sermons

This first week in Advent begins our season of waiting and anticipation of the coming of Christ, and rather than start at the beginning and work our way through a chronology, we begin this season with Jesus in his last days in Jerusalem before his arrest and crucifixion. He is teaching at the Temple, describing apocalyptic signs to expect before the second coming. We will reverse our way through Advent from these final days to the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth as they share their mutual joy in the two babies they carry who will change our world. Apocalyptic readings frustrate those who like scripture to sound perfectly rational and altogether possible, and Episcopalians aren’t known for watching the sky for signs or a Christ-bearing cloud.

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Bishop Greg’s sermon preached on Nov. 21, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Nov 21, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The Last Sunday after Pentecost:The Reign of Christ Nov. 21, 2021 This Sunday is entitled Year B, Proper 29, The Last Sunday after Pentecost, which in and of itself does not sound all that interesting, appealing, or exciting. But this Sunday is also known as Christ the King Sunday, which certainly spruces it up a bit! Now, I would be the first to admit, that in our modern hearing that is a weird combination, Christ the King.King’s aren’t universally loved and revered in this world, so that title can be troubling. This Sunday really exists to point out what Jesus says in this line of...

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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 Katherine’s sermon preached on Nov. 7, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Nov 7, 2021 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

“Come and see.” We are used to hearing this as Jesus’ call to follow him, and this very gospel of John begins with that same call to Jesus’ first disciples. “Come and see!” he says, calling us too. Today however, it is spoken to Jesus, directing him to the tomb where they have laid Lazarus’ body. As you often hear me say, nothing in John’s gospel can be taken at casual face value. Voices inviting Jesus to Come and see is one of John’s metaphors, not just handy mourners giving stage directions so we know how Jesus gets to the tomb from the road where Martha and Mary had pleaded with him. For Jesus, just entering Bethany is a risk the disciples reminded him of only a couple verses before, there’s danger and some who would stone him may well be among the mourners.

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Kelly’s sermon preached on Oct. 31, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Oct 31, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

All Hallows’ Eve Oct. 31, 2021 Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry sometimes speaks of the Jesus movement as a means of transforming life from the nightmare it often is into the dream God intends.  And I thought about that this week as I read these scriptures, and wondered how God’s dream might be connected to the nightmares that frighten us and send us into hiding.  Listen to these words from Job:  He leads rulers away stripped    and makes fools of judges.He takes off the shackles put on by kings    and ties a loincloth around their waist.He leads priests away stripped    and...

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