Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 22, 2022

Posted by on Sun, May 22, 2022 in Easter, Sermons

It is quite likely that if you look up chapter 5 of John’s gospel in your bible at home it will be missing verse four. Mine goes from 1, 2, 3, to 5, and because “the Greek text of these verses became confused in the ancient manuscripts” and so some later manuscripts explain the reference to the stirring of the water, saying those at the pool were “waiting for the stirring of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred up the water; whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made well from whatever disease that person had.” (Commentary and quotes for John 5:3b-4 are by Gail R. O’Day, Candler School of Theology, Emory Univ. Atlanta, GA. in The New Interpreters’ Study Bible, 2003, Abingdon Press.) So this is what waiting for the water in the pool to be ‘stirred up’ is all about.

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Elizabeth’s sermon preached on May 15, 2022

Posted by on Sun, May 15, 2022 in Easter, Sermons

The readings today emphasize discipleship. Jesus tells us, that people will know we are disciples by our love for one another, and Peter shows us how by sharing the Good News with others, even when he is confronted with it by his own peers.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 8, 2022

Posted by on Sun, May 8, 2022 in Easter, Sermons

Shepherd, and the one from the Revelation to John goes a step beyond that, though it may sound confusing at first…

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 1, 2022

Posted by on Sun, May 1, 2022 in Easter, Sermons

“I’m going fishing.”  Sometimes returning to what we know best helps us stabilize when our world feel unsteady or when we feel adrift. Life was simpler as a fisherman, outcomes were clearer; fish or no fish. What to do next chose itself; clean and sell fish, mend nets, tend the boats. After all of the crazy highs and lows of the past few years, and after endings that turn out not to be endings, and with passionate commitment and high expectations—now what? I’m going fishing. I need to do something normal, something familiar, something I know how to do! This not only describes Peter, it sums up where we are too in some ways. Now what? Mask or no mask, common cup or no, venturing out sounds good and then we feel strangely vulnerable.

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Tola’s sermon preached on Apr. 24, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Apr 24, 2022 in Easter, Sermons

Doubt can be a four-letter word for many of us. It can seem to be the opposite of faith, even the enemy of faith. But if we understand what we mean when we use the term “doubt”, we find that doubt has been an inevitable part of Christian life since the first days. And it can offer us a richer and more powerful Christian experience.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Easter Day, Apr. 17, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Apr 17, 2022 in Easter, Feast Days, Sermons

Alleluia! Alleluia! The world needs Easter right now, more than ever. Considering all that is happening and all that you and I carry in our hearts today, and knowing how long we have waited to come together like this, it is gloriously good to proclaim our Alleluias! While we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with great fanfare and flowers and joy we know it isn’t necessarily so for those in critical need or deep grief, people of the Ukraine or any war torn place or under great threat. The hope dawning in Christ’s resurrection also emerges in small quiet ways. Ways that sneak up on us when we are in dark times, because resurrection is not so much a single historical moment or even a grand annual event. It is a process —of seeking, finding, living, and welcoming it however it comes.

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