Sermons

Kelly’s sermon preached on Sep. 19, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Sep 19, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Are there any books or movies that you actually like to watch over and over again? At my house, as my three children have grown up we have weathered many seasons of our children’s favorites on repeat- The Cars movie, The Little Engine that Could, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse….anybody know that one? It’s one of my favorites. But I will admit that I sometimes struggled to find the enthusiasm to read the same books…. as my children fearlessly asked for them again and again. But they never seemed to get tired of them, and sometimes I envied their simple joy at hearing it one more time.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Sep. 18, 2021

Posted by on Sat, Sep 18, 2021 in Burial Rite, Sermons

“That sounds like Bud!” Those were June’s words as we chose today’s readings. Indeed they do. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.” Classic Bud. Maybe not in those words exactly, but he carried that sense of God’s steadfast love with him, even his steps processing in with the choir had a purposefulness to them, as if to say, ‘Ah, this is what we do, this is whose we are.’

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Sep. 12, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Sep 12, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Very little in our faith journey is a smooth trajectory in ramping up. We likely have mountains and valleys, long desert periods when we feel forgotten by God, followed by that feeling that everything we do and learn and see converges into beautiful sacred sense with blinding brilliance. Even the unexpected things fit in teaching us Jesus’ Way and who we are. Peter is right there today—after all this time he gets it; Jesus is the Messiah! From that mountain the next valley is really more of a cliff-drop. He misunderstands Jesus’ predictions, gets soundly rebuked even, and later will hit bottom realizing he’s denied and deserted Jesus when he deeded him most. Our faith lives can rise and fall, surge greatly and other times doubt and stall.

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

Posted by on Sun, Sep 5, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

This week I saw a t-shirt that said, “I’m a Teacher during COVID-19. What’s your superpower?” So true, and we are all the more in awe during this back-to-school season. The t-shirt made me think of all those acting on behalf of others in these times too. So what is your superpower? Isn’t there one you dreamt of as a child? Perhaps we do have them, and either don’t see them that way—or worse, don’t use them that way. Today we see a child’s mother muster her superpower as she barges in on Jesus having a poorly hidden break and seeks healing for her child. She’s heard of the man and his healing power, his teachings even, and though definitely an outsider to his community she charges in anyway. Dropping to her knees with humility and hope she begs Jesus help.

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Aug. 29, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Following the first Easter, as Jesus ascended into heaven and God’s Spirit descended on the disciples, they felt amazingly energized—yet quite unsure just how to go on. For three long years Jesus had personally led them by word and example. Now he commissioned them to serve as a spirited committee of twelve to build up the Church—a bit like commissioning an eager new vestry, without providing them with a building, a priest or a Prayer Book.

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Aug. 22, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Aug 22, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The Bible is brilliant at expressing what it’s like to journey with God. For example, listen to Yahweh speaking through the prophet Hosea: ‘When Israel was a child I loved him…I taught him to walk and took him up in my arms…like a father lifting an infant to his cheek…I bent down to him and fed him…Though Israel is bent on turning away from me, how can I give him up? My compassion grows warm and tender, and I will return my people to their homes. For I am the Holy One in their midst.’

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