Sermons

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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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Aug. 15, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Aug 15, 2021 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

In the times BC—before cameras—word pictures recorded life’s really big moments, and book by book the Bible grew into an immense family album, preserving a wealth of sacred memories for future generations. This morning we will savor memories of Mary, mother of Jesus, whose life we celebrate today.

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Aug. 8, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Aug 8, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Jesus was a controversial figure during his lifetime. Consider today’s Gospel, in which he boldly introduces himself as “living bread that came down from heaven…for the life of the world.” That stunning promise drew in many listeners. But not everyone. Skeptics on the scene wrote him off as merely “Jesus…son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know.” They treated him as nobody special. At the time, no one could say for sure which response to Jesus was the right one…the disciples’ awe, or the scoffers’ disinterest.

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