Sermon Review: Proper 13, Ephesians, Baptism, and Eucharist

Sermon Review
Link: Proper 13 8-5-12

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Ephesians 4 starts with a great section on Christian unity. Which is really difficult and we never quite achieve, but we keep practicing. A lot more than you may think. Especially through our baptism and Eucharist.

Theology: Baptismal and Eucharistic theology
Jesus Count: low
Good News: Growing up into the body of which Christ is the head is difficult, but it is made possible because Jesus keeps saying yes first.

What did I change on my feet?
The conclusion got tweaked (it almost always does).
I added back in the comments about Ephesians 4:11–about how we all have different tasks.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
In my manuscript I had this line: “We say yes at every step–starting at baptism, continuing every time we come to Eucharist, every time we prayerfully make a decision, we say yes.” I feel like the sermon was missing that connective line of theology.

What did work?
I am happy any time I get to make connections between the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible and I am happy every time I talk about Baptism, so I was pretty happy.

What do you think?

Other sermons I liked:
People who preached on the Old Testament:
The Rev Robertson
I’ve long enjoyed Josephine’s work, but anyone willing to say “the Bible doesn’t give you any crap” deserves a mention.
The Rev Toles
Preaching on David and sin, not an easy task but John does it well and with humor.
The Rev Jones
This one had me laughing and mentions donuts and Eucharist. Bonus points for a good Jesus count.

(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)

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