Sermons

Sermons

Seventh Sunday in Eastertide

In the 19th century, most American Christian denominations felt pretty smug that theirs was the real faith. Some might have begrudgingly admitted that not everyone would be cast into outer darkness for the sin of worshiping in the wrong building. But overall it was a time when theological differences, as well as liturgical practices, did separated people. Having said that, some denominations had a lot in common, whether they wanted to admit it or not. Take the Mennonites and the…

Sixth Sunday in Eastertide

We’ve all had the experience of hiring professional movers. But have you ever wondered what the experience of being a professional mover is like? Beyond just the back-breaking labor, there are some pretty unusual things that professional movers are hired to move. A quick search on the internet turned up a list of the following things that professional movers have been hired to move out of or into someone’s home: A taxidermied pet A live python A single chair .…

Fifth Sunday in Eastertide

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR C Robert Munsch, a well-known author of children’s books, wrote the following, entitled “Love you forever.” Love You Forever begins with a mother holding her new baby. She rocks him and sings him a song: I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be. As the years go by, of course, the baby grows. He becomes a toddler, and gets into everything; and his mother…

Fourth Sunday in Eastertide

There’s a wonderful song that the singer John Mayer came out with a number of years ago. The song is entitled “No Such Thing.”  Part of the lyrics from that song read: I wanna run through the halls of my high school I wanna scream at the top of my lungs I just found out there’s no such thing as the real world Just a lie you’ve got to rise above. That song is about a teenager coming to an…

Second Sunday in Eastertide

In 1974, a young scientist named Stephen Hawking made a dramatic presentation to a group of elite physicists at Oxford University. When he finished, the session moderator blurted out simply, “This is rubbish.” Physicists attempt to prove the size, shape, and workings of the universe with mathematics. Just about everyone has heard of Einstein’s theory of relativity, which attempts to prove that light traveling through a field of gravitation is slightly distorted. Einstein believed that there had to be another…

Easter Sunday

Pastor Pete’s Easter sermon was all ready – or so he thought. Having only graduated from seminary three months prior to taking his position at the Episcopal Church of St. Perpetua and Her Companions, Pete was well versed in all the latest and most interesting theology. He made the final touches to his sermon on Holy Saturday morning and outlined its content to his wife. He told her that his sermon was based on the theology of Paul Tillich and…

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is one of the great festivals of the Christian Year. However, I have often wondered just what this day really does signify for most Christians.  Is it simply a reminder that fickle human beings can shout “Hosanna” one day, and then a few days later, those same people cry, “Crucify him”?  That’s certainly a part of the Holy Week story. But then it struck me that Palm Sunday’s real purpose is to remind us of the necessity of…

Fifth Sunday in Lent

The United States Office of Government Ethics maintains pages and pages of rules that relate to gift-giving by and to federal employees. For example, an employee may never give a gift to the employee’s official superior, with the exception of on annual holidays and birthdays, when an employee is allowed to give his or her superior a gift, so long as it does not have a cash value of more than $10.  Gifts received from people outside the office are…

Fourth Sunday in Lent

The old town mayor was on his death bed.  He had only hours to live when he suddenly smelled the scent of fresh rolls wafting into his room. Aaahhhh. . . He loved his wife’s freshly baked rolls more than anything else in the world. With his last bit of energy, he pulled himself out of bed. . . Down the stairs and into the kitchen he went. There was his beloved wife, Lillian, kneading the dough for a new…

Second Sunday in Lent

I hope that you all are having a blessed morning so far today! This week, I’ve been pondering the idea of “blessings”. One of the things I love about what we do here at Christ Church is how much we take time to proclaim God’s blessing: we share birthday blessings, we share anniversary blessings, we do prayer shawl blessings, among others. Today’s Gospel reading from Luke even ended with the familiar words: “Blessed is the one who comes in the…