Sermons

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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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 2, 2021

Posted by on Sun, May 2, 2021 in Easter, Sermons

“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” We just heard this from the first letter of John. It’s really all the sermon anyone needs today, and if you want to stop there, that’s just fine. The problem is, love is just as hard to define as God! Could anyone create an answer that satisfies every listener this morning? In our gospel and then in the first letter of John’s today there is a defining characteristic of both, and one I know to be true. True with a capital T, and not just true for me or for a handful of similarly-minded individuals. Holy Truth. Jesus says it, “Abide in me as I abide in you.” To abide is to live within, to dwell ongoing in. Us in him, he in us.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on April 25, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Apr 25, 2021 in Easter, Sermons

The 23rd Psalm is usually the only one most people have memorized, or at the very least know well enough to recognize. As much as it should be worn out by now, for many it’s also the only thing that will do for funerals. The idea of Jesus as the ‘Good Shepherd’ is comforting that way too. The idea forms one of the very earliest known images of Jesus, found in the Catacombs of Rome in a third-century fresco. It shows a fairly scruffy beardless Jesus with rough shepherd’s clothing and gear carrying a rather earthy looking lamb with two more at his feet.

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