Sermons

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Jan. 24, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jan 24, 2021 in Epiphany, Sermons

Mark’s gospel, like each of the others, has it’s own focus and intent, as well as things held in common with all of the new testament. Overall we do best with a slowed reflective reading, not so much analyzing — more putting oneself into God’s hands, entrusting our spirits to God’s Spirit. We get so used to being able to ‘Google’ anything that we get a bit drunk on finding answers or solutions. Here we’re invited to pause and engage in the questions, to let ourselves drift or float in the waters of the questions, in curiosity, more than seeking singular finality and seemingly concrete answers.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Jan. 17, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jan 17, 2021 in Epiphany, Sermons

That Gospel speaks of grace and blessing today and comes on the heels of a week of pandemic, shock, fear, violence, and the leaders involved. A week which has perhaps redefined our country. Or maybe it has simply revealed that we are what we’ve tried to pretend is not who we are. To ignore the presence of racism, bigotry, hatred, is to thwart the very awareness which might eventually help us not to be what this week reveals of us.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Jan. 10, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jan 10, 2021 in Epiphany, Feast Days, Sermons

That Gospel speaks of grace and blessing today and comes on the heels of a week of pandemic, shock, fear, violence, and the leaders involved. A week which has perhaps redefined our country. Or maybe it has simply revealed that we are what we’ve tried to pretend is not who we are. To ignore the presence of racism, bigotry, hatred, is to thwart the very awareness which might eventually help us not to be what this week reveals of us.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Jan. 3, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jan 3, 2021 in Christmas, Sermons

This is the week; Wednesday is Epiphany, and it’s celebrated differently all over the world. Often our traditions get so embedded that we lose track of what’s scriptural and what has come from long held folklore and later periods in Christianity. We don’t know where the magi or kings came from, how many there were or what their names were.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Dec. 27, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Dec 27, 2020 in Christmas, Sermons

On Christmas Eve, we heard the birth of the Jesus story at both services from the gospel of Luke, describing the time and place, the barn, a manger, the babe, parents, shepherds, and angels. On Christmas Day we heard the story of the incarnation from the gospel of John, with none of the above whatsoever. Today — we hear it again, with a a bit added on.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Dec. 25, 2020

Posted by on Fri, Dec 25, 2020 in Christmas, Feast Days, Sermons

John’s gospel opening is exquisite poetry, some say it is drawn from an early hymn in fact. Growing up it sounded a bit colorless to me, then somewhere along the way it came to life for me, I came to love it dearly. John’s mystical poetry is freeing, inviting us to use our own minds and spirits to take it in, our own paints to color it, and then it makes a deep resonant sense — that defies explanation. Unlike last night’s gospel from Luke, which tells all about who, how, when and where Jesus was born, John’s gospel tells us who Jesus is.

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