Fear not Failure, November 2014

Robyns SermonsThe Parable of the Talents is a tough parable.  Which made me wonder where it reflected my life and what that might mean.

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 25:14-30.

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Promising Love, Oct 2014

Robyns SermonsAs Christians we make promises we cannot keep.  Fortunately our God has more invested in love.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked with Joshua 24:1-3a,14-25.

 

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Linked Together, All Saint’s 2014

Robyns SermonsWe are surrounded by, linked to, a great cloud of witnesses.

This sermon had an activity.  I’ll post a picture of our saintly links on Tuesday.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I preached on the theology of All Saints more than any single reading.

 

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Love, October 2014

Robyns SermonsWhat is the most important thing?
An traditional question with a complicated answer.

 

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Matthew 22:34-46.

 

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SR: Tech Failure Edition, October 2014

Link: Due to a technology failure, my sermon didn’t record.

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I love this passage because we’ve forgotten it’s a little funny. Give to God what is God’s? Well, everything. Including Ceasar. 
I talked a bit about the hidden challenge of the Pharisees–if we don’t pay taxes Rome will understand that as a rebellion. Then I spent some time with the truth that everything is God’s and Ceasar was made in God’s image. Which means that Jesus’s question to the Pharisees had a couple layers to it too. 
What then does this mean for us, who are made in God’s image? Are we giving to God what is God’s?

Theology: Creation and Stewardship
Jesus Count: High
Good News: We are made in God’s image and belong to God?

What did I change on my feet?
A lot. At the second service I tried to be more interactive and it didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. My original plan was to spend more time on the idea of belonging and I didn’t start there as much as I’d thought about.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I missed recording it. :P 
I do think there’s unexplored potential with the idea of ‘who do you belong to?’ and this text. I could also have pulled more strongly on the Baptismal Covenant/Baptismal theology.
What did work?
I think pulling out some of the levels on which the questions were operating was important. This wasn’t an idle can we get him to say something stupid game, this was serious.
And I love reminding people that God loves us. God has always loved us.

Other sermons I liked:

Deacon Bright, Everything comes from God and everything belongs to God. There is no division between sacred and secular other than the ones we create.

Priest Halley, with a song, asking about the heart of the matter (and us).

Priest Lightcap, “Love God with everything you have, and Caesar can have his face back.”

(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)

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Promise and Command, Harvest Sunday 2014

Robyns SermonsFavourite Thanksgiving foods, worrying, and tables for sharing.

 

The lesson I worked most closely with was Matthew 6:25-33.  You can read it by clicking here.

 

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Vineyard Governing, October 2014

Robyns SermonsJust how is the beloved vineyard being governed, being taken care of?

 

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 21:33-46.

 

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Jesus Questions, September 2014

The Pharisees play “Questions with Jesus” in today’s Gospel.Robyns Sermons
What do we do with Jesus Questions.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked Matthew 21:23-32.

 

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SR: A Just Vineyard, September 2014

Link: A Just Vineyard, September 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Short Stories by Jesus, Amy Jill Levine’s new book, had a strong influence on this sermon. I came to it a bit tired of the story and all of the familiar ways of preaching it. Her turn where it was economic but not flat was very helpful. Sort of economy, relationship, and righteousness.

Theology: Stewardship
Jesus Count: Average
Good News: We are called to work in and toward God’s justice.

What did I change on my feet?
I’ve been sketching out more than writing out sermons recently, so this is getting difficult to answer.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
At the early service I noted that the text is less “standing idle” and more “waiting to work.” I wish I’d included that both times.
What did work?
I was happy to hear me preach that we are to create a world in God’s justice. Several people commented on their discovery of the steward.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Arnold, The Unfairness of God
We are good at knowing when we are being treated unfairly; we are not as good at knowing when we are treating others unfairly.

Priest Halley, Shade Trees and Grape Vines
“What if in the parable Jesus wasn’t reordering my need to be first, but completely reordering society “Magnificat-style?”

Priest Funston, Leaving Us with a Question
Eric reminds my why my car is named Yo’nah, the Hebraic pronunciation of Jonah.

(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)

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A Just Vineyard, September 2014

Robyns SermonsAn owner, a vineyard, workers, a just wage.
And a steward…

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Matthew 20:1-16.

 

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