This is a Bad Day, Good Friday 2014

Robyns SermonsWill you stay?  Will you return?

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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Binding, Maundy Thursday 2014

Robyns SermonsHere we are bound, in eternity, to each other, to Christ.

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

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SR: Darkest Hour Palm, Sunday 2014

Link: Darkest Hour, Palm Sunday 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Palm/Passion Sunday is wonderful and really hard to preach. And I don’t know how not to say something. I started thinking about how attractive Jesus must have seemed, riding into Jerusalem. It could all be real…and then we’re outside the tomb, defeated. And we need to stay there a bit.

Theology: Resurrection
Jesus Count: Medium
Good News: This is the darkest hour

What did I change on my feet?
Ten minutes before the first service I realized that we weren’t doing the Liturgy of the Palms (first Holy Week at St Peter’s). Suddenly I needed a new beginning.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
At the later service I left out the part about the story of faith being God’s love story for us. At the early service I think I soft pedalled the end.
What did work?
I think I mostly hit a balance between the promise of good news and the reality of the dark place the Gospel reading ends at. And I think this sets up the arc of my preaching for Holy Week.

Other sermons I liked:
Bishop Fisher, Staggering Violence & Peace
“My friends, I chose to be with you this morning – to share in the staggering acts of violence on the last day of Jesus on this earth.
I chose to be with you this morning – to challenge us to have a peaceful response to the staggering violence all around us.”

Priest Arnold, What wondrous love is this?
“This was evil’s one last chance to destroy God, and so evil threw all of its best weapons against Jesus – betrayal, doubt, pain, mockery, humiliation, shame, abandonment, and finally, the robbery of life itself. All of these, evil hurled at Christ, and he absorbed them all with divine peace and hope. And there, on the cross, Jesus shattered evil’s power.”

Priest Kadel, Palm Sunday
“We are moving quickly toward Easter, the Feast of the Resurrection. But the joy of that feast doesn’t come from the spirit of a party—“Hey-Sanna, Ho-Sanna, Sanna, Sanna, Ho”, but in Jesus complete and fearless giving of his life, his entirely loving life, for his people, the poor and the humble. For us.”

(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. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.

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Darkest Hour, Palm Sunday 2014

Robyns SermonsThings started so well…

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If you are interested in the colleague I mention, her twitter feed is @AmberBelldene. Information about her books, her blog, and more information about being a priest who writes romance can be found at amberbelldene.com.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 26:14-27:66.

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SR Bound by Toilet Paper, Lent 5 2014

Link: Bound by Toilet Paper, Lent 5 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
As so many others do, I love Ezekiel and the dry bones. And I can’t read it without hearing a story of (re)creation. And then with Lazarus the question of how bound we are appeared.

Theology: Salvation
Jesus Count: medium
Good News: Jesus breaks bindings to give life.

What did I change on my feet?
Not a lot.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
At the earlier service I did a better job of ending on “are we wearing our bindings so that they are easy to break?”
What did work?
The camp story.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Downs, Unbinding, Emptying the Tomb
“But the necessity of Lazarus’s death is based not on permanence of physical death, but the temporary and subjective nature of true death. Jesus’s power is found not in preventing death, but in bringing life. It is not in intervening in Lazarus’s death, but giving him new life.”

Deacon Bright, Lent 5
“Notice too it isn’t Jesus who unbinds Lazarus. Jesus calls on the community, on those who are gathered around, to unbind him. Are we busy helping our brothers and sisters with their burial cloths, are we at work unbinding them, or are we complicit in keeping them bound?”

Bishop Fisher, How I Met your Redeemer
“My name is Lazarus.
And when I thought I was a dead duck,
Jesus wept for me and he called me out of my tomb and he hugged my neck and he loved me.
And that, my friends, is
How I Met Your Redeemer.”

(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. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.

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Bound by Toilet Paper, Lent 5 2014

Robyns SermonsCreation, Ezekiel, Lazarus.  How are we bound?

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:1-45.  The creation account used is from Genesis 2.

 

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For the Benefit of Non-Members, Lent 4 2014

Robyns Sermons“The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of non-members.” (Widely attributed to Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple)

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.  This is one of the rare occasions where I didn’t work with them much.

You can find the Anglican Church of Canada Catechism question I reference on page 553 of the 1962 Book of Common Prayer. (pdf here)

You can find The Episcopal Church’s 1979 Book of Common Prayer and Catechism here.  The questions I reference are found on page 855.

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SR Water Enough, Lent 3 2014

Link: Water Enough, Lent 3 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I’d preached on the woman at the well last year and wasn’t ready to go back there. I love preaching on water because it means baptism. Somewhere I got stuck on the question of enough water. And then “enough water for what?”

Theology: Baptism/Evangelism
Jesus Count: low
Good News: God gives us abundant water and asks us to share.

What did I change on my feet?
The conclusion. Not only did I write it on my feet but it took a bit of a new direction.
I tweaked the first couple of paragraphs that morning.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
Especially at the second service the end rambled a bit. At the first service, I had a technology failure and I only recorded the first two minutes. Always charge your recording device. Also, don’t forget this while you’re on vacation.
What did work?
Preaching on social justice issues isn’t my strong suit. I was happy that it wiggled in a bit on this one.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Arnold, Hope is a kind of thirst
“In baptism, we dip down into that pure spring and the water stays with us. Our thirst for the living water is quenched, and the spring of grace is always flowing.”

Priest Garner, Sermon for Lent 3A
“Our lives are filled with thirsts. We are thirsty for financial security. We are thirsty for social acceptance. We are thirsty for the comfortable life that means we don’t have to worry about being thirsty for anything. But inside all of us there is a longing that is deeper than our physical needs—a thirst for peace with the one who made us.”

Dean Richards, The Woman at the Well and our habitual responses
Habitual responses, a consideration of ‘gyne’, and living water.

(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. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.

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Water Enough, Lent 3 2014

Robyns SermonsThe Israelites in the desert.  Jesus and the woman at the well.   And the question is do we have water?  Enough to drink? Enough to share?

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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To Elevate the Host

It was January 2002, the weekend before my 2nd semester of college began. It was the beginning of my acceptance of a priestly vocation and I was sitting in a room at a Church 5 hours away from home, further from college. A priest, whom I’ve known for years and love and respect, said that he planned to continue celebrating Eucharist “until I can no longer elevate the Host.”

In the moment I knew three things. This was like no other position on retirement I’d ever heard. I had no understanding off what he meant. This was absolutely true and a visceral reality.

I’ve had a brief vacation over the last week. The timing was found where my need to rest (after the moving and moving and learning a new Church, Diocese, city, and country) met the schedule of the Diocese and Church. I was pulled a bit thin by the time my fist day of vacation came.

I took time to read, walk my dog, visit museums, go to the movies, clean my house, sit on my couch and watch television. I was on vacation for Sunday and the midweek services.

It was good to be gone and it is good to be back. Seven days is just long enough to rest and not so long that I am playing massive catch-up with messages. Still, I spent the first few days back out of rhythm with my usual week. And I didn’t quite know how to get back.
I know that this is normal. It doesn’t matter when my time away ends or how I set things up, the first few days are a little off.

I find my rhythm after my first service back.

This is My Body

 

This is I when hear my wise friend’s voice: “until I can no longer elevate the Host.”
I have been ordained and lived my way into that sacramental and elusive truth. There is something about who I am, how I am connected to my role as priest that is grounded and grounds me through celebrating the Eucharist. Through the sharing of Christ’s body and blood with my community.

“Until I can no longer elevate the Host.”

This is what I know now about this statement. It’s not about retirement; it’s about sacrament, relationship, and vocation. I can explain it no better than I first heard it. It is viscerally true.

And it was good and right and joyous to be back, elevating the Host and celebrating with my community, this morning.

Picture used via Creative Commons, Alan Creech, Flickr 
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