Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

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…

First Sunday in Lent

Bishop’s Visitation Sunday — sermon by Bishop Marc H. Andrus of the Diocese of California. Transcript not available.

Last Sunday after Epiphany

I have always wondered about people who have conversations with God.  By that I mean people who profess to actually hear God speaking.  I have a very dear friend named Channing who happens to be an Episcopal priest and he has shared with me the 2 times in his life when he says that God has actually spoken to him. Once was when he was called to become a priest. The second was when God was inviting him to become…

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Would you be surprised if I told you that I’m often uncomfortable when someone tells me they love me?  Well, I am . . . but not in the way you think.  You see, I’m not talking about love as an honest affirmation.  I’m talking about someone who dislikes or even despises me and who isn’t afraid to tell me so, but then decides to make themselves feel better by concluded the encounter with a reassurance of his or her…

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany “The Lord be with you.”  (And also with you.) Yes!  That’s the answer.  The Lord is with us.  God is with us.  If that’s the only thing you remember from this sermon today, I will have done my job.  The Lord is with you, the Lord is with me – or as is becoming the preferred usage:  God is with you.  God is with me.  God is with us and within us – all of us.…

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Now, I know it might be stretching it a bit to start using baseball analogies when the Super Bowl was just last week.  But, I want you to imagine this situation. You are playing in a championship baseball game and there are two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Your team is ahead by one run, but the opposing team has the bases loaded.  And you are a pitcher.  There are other pitchers in…