Sermons

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Feb. 7, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Feb 7, 2021 in Epiphany, Sermons

Konstantin Stanislavski once said, “there are no small parts, only small actors.” To which Dabbs Greer, known as ‘a bit actor’ but who managed to do that ‘bit’ in some 700 supportive appearances, added that “Every character actor, in their own little sphere, is the lead.” Today we have met Simon Peter’s mother in law, who is in such a small role that we have no name for her and we know very little about her.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Jan. 31, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 in Epiphany, Sermons

We are still in the first chapter of the gospel according to Mark. Jesus has been foretold, baptized, and tempted. He’s briefly reiterated what John foretold, and as we heard last Sunday he’s called some disciples. In Marks telling of the gospel there’s no action or ministry to others yet — until now. In today’s reading he goes into the synagogue and teaches more publicly, surprising them. This is a significant act.

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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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