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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Why The Episcopal Church?

I drove to and from my vestry meeting last night listening to episodes of The Collect Call.  If you don’t listen to Brendan and Holli, I heartily recommend this.  I enjoy it because they are church-y but they are also just plain delightful and entertaining.  Holli and Brendan offer The Collect Call as part of The Acts 8 Moment, a group working to proclaim resurrection in The Episcopal Church.

In the last few weeks you may have seen some of the posts responding to a trio of Acts 8 BLOGFORCE questions: Why the Church?, Why Anglicanism?, Why The Episcopal Church?

I haven’t said anything.  In part because of a busy schedule; in part because I feel like I’ve already commented on these ideas.

There is wisdom in the Church and in this Anglican Tradition.

I stayed in The Episcopal Church (now the Anglican Communion) because this is where I best see Jesus.

It’s been interesting to read people’s thoughts on why The Episcopal Church. In good Anglican fashion, I’ve agreed with some opinions more than others. It is always good to know that we share the cause of love, if not the details.  But then I was listening to Brendan, in the Proper 19 episode.  He made a comment about love being about more than the sum of the reasons we could list.

We can, and have, and will continue to make lists, to have reasons why we participate in and love this Episcopal Church of ours.  We’ll talk about polity and liturgy.

But there’s something more.  Our love for the Church is greater than the sum of our lists, even all our lists.  Our love for the Church has to do with seeing Jesus here, being transformed, and then trying to reason out what and how and why.

We have Church words for this: sacrament and miracle.  The Episcopal Church is a means by which we receive God’s Grace (sacrament) and something that only God can do (miracle). But those words only make sense, and often little enough even then, inside of the Church.

But perhaps we can say that The Episcopal Church is more than the sum of her parts and we’re in love.

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SR: Crosses and Windows, September 2014

It’s been a couple of weeks, hasn’t it? Sorry. A bit of vacation time, a small cold, and a my schedule leapt out of control.

Link: Crosses and Windows, September 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
This is one of the differences between the Canadian and American churches–up here Holy Cross takes precedence over Sunday. My opinion on this varies so it’s a good thing the Kalendar is there to provide a single and consistent answer.
The Cross, however, rarely provides a single and consistent answer. The line to which I was writing, but didn’t get included due to reasons, is that the Cross is a sign and not a sacrament. It points to something, to Jesus.

Theology: Christology
Jesus Count: average
Good News: the point is Jesus, who loves us.

What did I change on my feet?
I wrote a lot of this late and early, and very little on actual paper. So it’s hard to tell. My preaching seems to be swinging through a more extemporaneous delivery phase.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
It preached very somberly. I think there might have been some missed humour with the beginning history. I tend to preach on the theology of the day at times like this more than the lessons, but it could’ve stood a bit more influence or tie in.
What did work?
“If it ain’t (sic) about Jesus…”
And it was.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Lightcap, Repreived
If I can get people to do this just once I will be happy.
(Torey has also been playing with the sermon time a bit and it’s been inspiring to see that kind of creativity.)

Priest Giroux, Hard as Nails
Jesus isn’t offering loopholes.

Priest Baum, Pentecost 14
“He didn’t get a second chance to try to stay in the game. The game itself has been cancelled. There is no debt to work off, or to unrealistically promise to work off. The whole system of debt and debtors was declared invalid. That’s it. The king has declared that mercy will rule in the place of justice.”

(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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Crosses and Windows, September 2014

Robyns SermonsThere can be a lot of fuss about the stuff of a faithful life, especially if we forget it’s purpose.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.

 

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