Monthly Archives: September 2012

Proper 21, 2012

You can find the lessons for this Sunday by clicking here. I worked most closely with Mark 9:38-50.

Lady Gaga, accountability, and the Gospel.

(Yes, I enjoyed this one. There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon begins. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Proper 21, 2012

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Proper 20, 2012

The lessons for this Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Proverbs 31.

Checklist or list? Why do we care?

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon begins. Thank you for your patience.)

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SR: Jesus, the Cross, and a post-crucifixion world

Sermon Review

Link:
Proper 19 9-16-12

Summary of what I was saying and why:
“Taking up our cross” is about living a life already given away to Jesus.

Theology: what it is to be a Christian
Jesus Count: low
Good News: It’s not about dying on a cross, it’s about living as a Christian.
What did I change on my feet?
Not much, other working around the things I forgot.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I had written a section about Simon of Cyrene taking up the cross for Jesus as someone to emulate that I forgot.
What did work?
I didn’t have a favorite line or part, but it really seemed to connect with the congregation. I did enjoy going back and rereading Ignatius’s letters.

Other sermons I liked:
The Rev Linman
A great treatment of the disciples and a beautiful interweaving with parish life

Bishop Epting
A Sermon on James, tongues, and life today.

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Proper 19, 2012

The lessons for this Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Mark 8:27-38.

“Take up your cross and follow me.” Which is no less difficult when we aren’t actually in danger of being crucified.

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon starts. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Proper 19, 2012

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Peace, People, and Prayer

Part of what I inherited when I came to the Church I serve was a labyrinth with a Peace Pole in the middle. Due to a variety of reasons, we now worship in a space not near them. So I found out via email that our pole had recently been vandalized. The four sides of our pole have “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written in English, Hebrew, Arabic, and Cherokee. The Hebrew, English, and Arabic sides had been damaged and the pole pulled out of the ground.

Our Vestry had decided that if the damage was great, we would temporarily move the Pole to a storage location. Transportation is my job.

As my day fell out, I wound up making this visit shortly after receiving a call from a vestry member very concerned about restoring the Peace Pole in the aftermath of the riots in Egypt and the murders in Libya.

20120912-165551.jpgStanding there, looking at the destruction of a symbol of peace, aware of death and destruction half a world away, remembering the passion of my vestry member, I thought of former Bishop of New York’s comment about the Cathedral remaining unfinished until the work of Christ is finished.

All of the sides were still readable, so for today, for this week, I left the pole in place.

We are not going to leave it there forever, with its message of peace damaged. Our discussion will be ongoing as we discern our best decision. Our work is left undone.

Our work is left undone. May we not be doing the work of peace, justice, and listening.

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
(Book of Common Prayer, pg 823)

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SR: Faith, Works, and a Syrophoenician

Life got overly busy the past few weeks. Sorry. I won’t promise it’ll never happen again.

Sermon Review
Link: Proper 18, Sept 9 2012

Summary of what I was saying and why:
“Faith without works is dead.” One of the major ideas is James, and one of the points people oversimplify about the book.
Faith and works are linked. By love. Which should transform what we do.

Theology: we’re talking about salvation and how we live
Jesus Count: small
Good News: love is transformative
What did I change on my feet?
I was working more from a mental script than a written one, but I mostly stuck to what I thought I would say.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I wanted more emphasis on the Syrophoenician woman’s works demonstrating a faith the text is silent about.
What did work?
I was really happy that I got to pick up the “love is transformative” concept from last week.

Other sermons I liked:
The Rev Jones
First, if you enjoy your sermons with a hint of humor, this is someone to listen to regularly. But this week also for the excellent treatment of the Syrophoenician women.

The Rev Linman
Great sermon tying James and stewardship together.

The Rt Rev Epting
Bishop Epting does a fabulous job addressing politics and pulls in the Five Marks of Mission.

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Proper 18, 2012

The lessons for this Sunday can be found here. I worked most closely with James 2:1-17 and Mark 7:24-37.

“Faith without works is dead.” It’s a catchy phrase, but neither the history nor the living is that simple.

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Proper 17, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found here. I worked most closely with Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) 2:8-13.

We are the Beloved Children of God. Which is hard to live into. But love is transformative.

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon starts. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Proper 17, 2012

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