A Biblical Sin, August 2014

Robyns SermonsViolence? Genocide? Racism?  All that and more….

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 15:21-28.

 

 

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SR Walking on Water, August 2014

Link: Walking on Water, August 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I love this story. I love that Peter gets out of the boat. I love that the storm stills. I love that Jesus pulls Peter back out of the water. Which made it really hard to preach. Then I started thinking about why Peter made the mistake of almost drowning. And realized he nearly didn’t…

Theology: People and the power of faith
Jesus Count: average
Good News: Sometimes we walk on water

What did I change on my feet?
I had a bare outline sketched out. I mostly filled it out.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
There’s a moment at the beginning where I say that last week was yesterday. After that I’m not so sure…
What did work?
Part of what I loved about this sermon was my hand gestures. As I’m talking about heaven and earth touching, I’m touching fingers—as if there’s just a point where things just, much like on Sistine Chapel. I don’t know if anyone else made the conscious connection, but I loved it.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Halley, Daring to Dance on Angry Waves
“I Am – the God who Sambas across the storms, Wastusis across the waves, Tangos across the thunder, and does the Hustle across the Hurricanes of our lives and bids us to “step out with faith, step out in courage, step out in joy upon the sea and dance with me.””

Priest Giroux, Help! There is corn in my scooter.
“The great Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer once said, “I only pray when I am in trouble. But I’m in trouble all the time, so I pray all the time.””

(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)
The Anglican Church of Canada uses the Roman Ordinary Time numbering system instead of numbering the Propers. I indicate both numbering systems.

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Walking on Water, August 2014

Robyns SermonsPeter stepped out of the boat and there was a moment or two…

 

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 14:22-33.

 

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Problems, August 2013

Robyns SermonsProblems of grief, problems of food, problems of the world.

 

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.   I worked most closely with Matthew 14:13-21.

 

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SR Parable Mad Libs July 2014

Link: Parable. Mad Libs, July 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I was quickly fascinated by the parable of the treasure in the field. And then even more fascinated by the idea of God finding us.

Theology: Divine Love
Jesus Count: low
Good News: god delights in seeking us out.

What did I change on my feet?
I started to like this idea of rebelling the parable and then I loved the idea of inviting the congregation into that. Interaction always brings some element of surprise, so I had a rough sketch of where I was going and enjoyed the morning.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
If I was going to do it again, I’d also build the second retelling of the parable for interaction.
What did work?
The greatest risk in this style of preaching is not people saying odd things but not saying anything. They responded!

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Andrews-Weckerly, Romans 8, Proper 12
“When our lives have not turned out how we expected, when our loved ones suffer, or when the world seems to be doling out more hatred than our souls can bear, we find leaning on God’s love to be almost impossible.
And yet, that is Paul’s invitation today. Paul takes our broken selves and heaps piles of love on top of us. When we are weak, and we do not even know how to pray, Paul says that the Spirit helps us. The Spirit knows our pain and suffering, and in fact, the Spirit too groans in pain and suffering – with sighs too deep for words. … Every time God’s people broke their covenant with God, God groaned with sighs too deep for words. As God’s son hung on a cross, God groaned in agony over his death. God knows our groans because God groans too. God groans when Christians are forced from their homes in Iraq. God groans when God’s people kill one another in the most holy of lands. God groans when we turn innocent children into political issues.”

Priest Lightcap, Little
“What, I ask you, would Christians of the modern era be,
If we could not occasionally be toppled in our own ignorance and complacence
By something judged as insignificant
That nevertheless had a divine mandate to come into being and flourish?”

Priest Baum, Pentecost 6
Reticular Activating System–just go read

(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)
The Anglican Church of Canada uses the Roman Ordinary Time numbering system instead of numbering the Propers. I indicate both numbering systems.

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Parable Mad Libs, July 2014

Robyns SermonsParables are stories we’re invited to play with.
This morning we experimented mad lib style.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 13:31-33,44-52.

 

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SR Horses, Wheat, Weeds, July 2014

Link: Horses, Wheat, Weeds, July 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I ran across something discussing the tension between God’s mercy and justice. And then I started thinking about the different ways those were present in this story. Which connected back to the story about the farmer and the horse.

Theology: mercy, justice, love
Jesus Count: average
Good News: God’s mercy and justice are grounded in God’s love.

What did I change on my feet?
One draft of this sermon ended with a story from CS Lewis’s The Last Battle. I cut it before the service. Which left me writing the end live.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I could’ve used a bit more time working on how I was re-telling the Gospel. I’m still not sure how the two parables played off each other.
What did work?
I didn’t use the Narnia story but I think I more plainly cast all things as grounded in God’s love.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Richardson, Somebody has got to play fair with us in the end
“Each stalk of self-proclaimed wheat is willing, if not eager to pull the ones they see as weeds out of the ground. But like Dexter warned his friend, and like Jesus warns us in the parable, we can’t harm the other without harming ourselves. It damages us to hurt another.”

Priest Halley, A Fiery Faith that Changed the World
“Don’t get me wrong. Thank you for coming to Church. Thank you for coming to worship. The Finance Committee will thank you for paying your pledge.
But what we do in this place is not enough if it does not meet the deep need of a desperate people helplessly awash in a hurting world.”

(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)
The Anglican Church of Canada uses the Roman Ordinary Time numbering system instead of numbering the Propers. I indicate both numbering systems.

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Horses, Wheat, Weeds July 20, 2014

Robyns SermonsWhat kind of story it is often depends on where you stop the story.  We know that ours will end with the Resurrected Christ but our stories aren’t over yet.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

 

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SR: Gardening, P10 OT15 13 July 2014

Link: Gardening, July 13 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I got caught up in the last line where some produced 100, 60, or 30 fold. Particularly in the 70-fold difference. Which Jesus doesn’t seem to care about.

Theology: kingdom-work
Jesus Count: low
Good News:Its about doing more than how much we’ve done

What did I change on my feet?
I did a lot of tweaking on my feet. The best part was when I talked about the work of prayer. The worst was that I don’t feel that I helped pull things together in anyway.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I felt like this sermon wandered a lot. I think there’s still a way to preach these ideas, but I think I’d need to tease them out more.
What did work?
Gardening. People connected to gardening, to the talk of work, and the joy of it.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Castellan, Contra Gnostics
“But here is the funny thing about heresies—old heresies never die; they just reappear like zombies.”

Priest Lightcap, Empires
A little bit Breakfast Club and a great transcript of a visual sermon.

(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)
The Anglican Church of Canada uses the Roman Ordinary Time numbering system instead of numbering the Propers. I’m indicating both numbering systems.

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Gardening, July 13 2014

Robyn's SermonsHow and what goes into and comes out of a garden.

A sermon for July 13 2014, Proper 10, Ordinary Time 15.

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 13:1-9,18-23.

 

 

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