Holy Cross, 2016

failure-rooted-in-loveSt Peter’s has a mid-week service and have been working toward recording and occasionally posting those sermons.  My mid-week sermons are often shorter and closer to extemporaneous.  This year the Feast of Holy Cross Day fell on a Wednesday.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.

You can watch “The West Wing” scene I mention here.

 

 

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God throws a party, September 2016

partyMorsels & Stories: We spend some time talking about our favourite parts of  Scripture.
Because this was interactive and personal, much of it may not have recorded well.  I’d invite you to ponder the questions yourself in those times.

 

Sermon: It’s all about the party.

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 15:1-10.

 

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The Potter’s Flower Miracles, Sept 2016

miracle of a flowerMorsels & Stories: I talked about one interpretation of “the sacrifice of praise” and mention a favourite CS Lewis quote.

Sermon: I tackle Jeremiah in the potter’s house.  What doesn’t it mean? How might we listen better to my favourite grouchy prophet?

(The picture is something I mention in the sermon.)

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Jeremiah 18:1–11.

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Sabbath-ing, August 2016

joyful rather than busyMorsels & Stories: I asked people to reflect on the times in their life when everything was just right, even if it was just half a second.  There will be a bit of silence and some strange background noise as a few people share.  Feel free to take this time to remember similar times in your life.

 

Sermon: Jesus heals on the Sabbath, breaking into a centuries old conversation of how we honour our relationship with God.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 13:10-17.

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Sermon Tapas, July 2016

sermon tapasMorsels & Stories: I read from The Spy on Noah’s Ark.

 

Sermon: Because the end of my week was taken up with taking care of some emergency health issues for my dog (who is definitely on the road back to health now), I never had the time to finish a sermon.  So I talked about 4 different ideas that might have become a full sermon.  A sort of homilectical tapas rather than a single sermon.

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I touched on ideas from Hosea 11:1-11 and Luke 12:13-21.

 

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What does God name you? July 2016

what does god name youMorsels & Stories: I read from a story from The Curse of Blessing.

 

Sermon:  We read from part of Hosea’s story, about the unfaithful woman God asked him to marry and the names God chose.  Is that a story to be thankful for?

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Hosea 1:2-10.

 

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Bandage One Another, July 2016

bandage one anotherMorsels & Stories: A bit about the lectionary, or how to find the lessons and prayers for Sunday.

 

Sermon: The parable of the Good Samaritan is all about loving our neighbour, but what if we’re not supposed to be the Samaritan in the story.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 10: 25-37.

 

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Bigger than land, July 2016

A God bigger than any land, any dreamWho loves usMorsels & Stories: I read about one of the marks of new monasticism from Common Prayer.
You can find more about the marks of new monasticism here.

 

Sermon: Naaman’s wife’s slave-girl does something radical. The kind of of radical that happens when Jesus sends 70 disciples out.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with 2 Kings 5:1-14 and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20.

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St Peter’s Feast Day, June 2016

St Peter'sWe transferred St Peter (and St Paul’s) feast day, which is usually the 29th, to Sunday so we could celebrate.  St Peter is our patronal saint, which is a fancy way of saying our church is named after him.

As it was a special day, I put together a little quiz for Morsels & Stories and the sermon was just a few words at the end of that.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.

 

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Unity in Diversity, June 2016

In Baptism We Have Put on ChristMorsels & Stories: I walked those gathered through an exercise I learned years ago.  I would ask one question and have people gather in small likeminded groups.  Then I would have those groups discuss their answers to an entirely different question.  Parts of this may be confusing or mostly background noise.

 

Sermon: I preached on the Gerasene demoniac, and started with wondering how he looked.

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 8:26-39 and Galatians 3:23-29.

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