Monthly Archives: November 2012

SR Christ the King 11-21-12

Sermon Review

Link: Christ the King 2012

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Jesus is the King. But as co-inheritors with Jesus, so are we. I spend some time building that argument and get to talk about Baptism (!).

Theology: evangelism
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: We are co-inheritors with Jesus.
What did I change on my feet?
Not a lot.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I feel like I should have made a better transition from Samuel to Jesus. I also left out the ‘how do we do this?’ ideas.

What did work?
I liked the connection with last week’s sermon. I love when I get to talk about Baptism, history, or current liturgical practice, so this was a lot of fun for me.

Other sermons I liked:
The Rev Baum
George does a fabulous job with the Gospel. And gets bonus points for a Hunger Games revenue.

The Rev Richardson
About belonging, membership, and claiming our place as Christians.

And there may have been others but my migraine ate them, along with a chunk of the middle of the week.

(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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Christ the King, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I preached on the day, Baptism, with a little Old Testament continuation from last week.

Samuel, Hannah’s son, became the annointer of Kings. A practice we still retain.

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

Listen: Christ the King, 2012

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Sunday Afternoon on Twitter

I have an ongoing goal to show that actual conversations happen on Twitter.  I like to think of Twitter as the online version of a great coffee shop where great conversation can happen.  So this afternoon on Twitter a group of us started talking about Eucharistic Prayers.

  1. Eucharistic Prayer A: Eucharistic Prayer B: Eucharistic Prayer C: Eucharistic Prayer D: Disclaimer: This …

  2. @BCPYouth I use them all, but many Churches do seem to revert to A a lot.

  3. @theologybird I personally like D the best, but alas, what can we do?

  4. @BCPYouth I Love D! Would use it more if ppl didn’t comment on the length. (I know. I know.) We’re working on it.

  5. @theologybird Such a beautiful service! The longer the service, the better! 

  6. @BCPYouth no arguments from me. But some ppl need a ramp up into such a life. 

  7. @theologybird @BCPYouth A is the most basic, and the shortest, but I *love* both B & D. And EP2 in EOW.

  8. @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth A is ‘almost’ Rite 1 in Rite 2 language. And they did some good stuff in EOW

  9. @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth Wish we’d authorize another responsive Eucharistic prayer in the style of C but with the language of D

  10. @cmccarson @BCPYouth Me too. (Glances over shoulder) most participatory. Love that.

  11. @theologybird @BCPYouth Agreed. Love the additional congregational responses.

  12. @theologybird @BCPYouth When I write Eucharistic Prayers, I like to spread out the speaking parts – even the deacon says something!

  13. @theologybird @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth No one likes Prayer C but me. I love “Earth our island home”. Ah, the Star Trek Eucharistic Prayer!

  14. @GodWelcomesAll @theologybird @BCPYouth I love the line: By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed. Really beautiful

  15. @cmccarson @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth it’s hard to beat Isaiah. Even sounds good in English

  16. @cmccarson @GodWelcomesAll @theologybird Probably my favorite part of C. I love the language of D though. A and B to me sound really rushed.

  17. @mciszek @theologybird @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth I love Prayer C…followed closely by EOW Prayer 2 and then Prayer D

  18. @mciszek @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth again and again [God] called us to repent. 

  19. @mciszek @theologybird @BCPYouth I love C – Deliver us from the presumption of coming 2 this Table 4 solace only, and not for strength;

  20. @cmccarson @theologybird @BCPYouth And “Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of bread!”

  21. @mciszek @theologybird @BCPYouth … for pardon only, and not for renewal. One of the most beautiful lines in the BCP.

  22. @GodWelcomesAll @mciszek @BCPYouth yes. C has a lot of great lines. Obviously.

  23. @theologybird @mciszek @GodWelcomesAll So, can we just have a service that combines all of them? 

  24. @theologybird @mciszek @BCPYouth I love the Incarnational language of B. And EOW 2 & D’s lifting up of Mary.

  25. @GodWelcomesAll @mciszek @BCPYouth B seems to play with the imagery of John 1 in ways I love. “Author of our salvation”

  26. @BCPYouth @theologybird @mciszek That might get a little long, even for me.

  27. @BCPYouth @GodWelcomesAll @theologybird @mciszek Nope. Way too long of a service. Honestly, I like my Eucharist short and sweet.

  28. @theologybird @mciszek @BCPYouth And I love the Eastern heritage of D!

  29. @BCPYouth @GodWelcomesAll @theologybird Least favorite liturgical element from EOW: The “supper of the Lamb” fraction anthem.

  30. @mciszek @BCPYouth @GodWelcomesAll some, not all, great stuff in EOW. (As some will say abt BCP)  

  31. @theologybird @BCPYouth @GodWelcomesAll Agreed, but my rector likes that fraction anthem and used it all summer this last year. 😦

  32. @BCPYouth @theologybird @mciszek I love pretty much *all* the BCP, but want more pretty prayers. Dunno that any one book can hold all of it!

  33. @GodWelcomesAll @BCPYouth @mciszek I want to make shirts “I steal my best theology from the Book of common Prayer”

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SR: Hannah and the courage of asking for what we want

Link: Proper 28, 11-18-12

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I’m constantly drawn to the assertiveness of Hannah, with Eli but also with God. Part of not being given a spirit of timidity is learning how to identify and ask for “those good things which we dare not, or in our blindness cannot” ask.

Theology: our relationship with God and our world
Jesus Count: low
Good News: we are called to be active assertive pursuant s of the Kingdom of God.
What did I change on my feet?
As usual, the end.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I wish I’d had the collect more firmly in my mind. I don’t know if I missed it or just omitted it, but I had Psalm 37:4 (delight in The Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart) in my mind as I was initially working on this. I wonder if I should made that connection.

What did work?
Honestly, with the CCAB meetings this week, I’m still delighted I had a sermon to preach.

Other sermons I liked:

The Rev Richardson
A fabulous tying together of the the passage, current events, and what’s going on in the community.

The Rev Condon
Destruction, Creation, and Stewardship. Also I’m a sucker for a sermon about trees.

The Rev Pankey
Living with Birthpangs

(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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I Dream of Bishops

Tonight I’m dreaming of Bishops.

I grew up in a Church with a priest who is male. He was our priest from the time my family joined the Church to when I left for seminary. Although I was blessed to have a priest who was amazingly supportive and encouraging, I still remember the first time I saw women in a collar. It was an outward and visible sign that my Church included me.

I was old enough to be aware of when the Church of England started ordaining women. I remember being shocked and relieved that we were now both celebrating the fullness of the gifts of the Body of Christ. (Okay, I may not have used those words at the time.)

The Church has many roles to fulfill. One is to hold us to a catholic faith. But our faith has always been more than we have ever been. Another is to be the Body of Christ. To represent all of us to each other. Which is hard when we don’t have equal participation.

Today the Church of England failed to allow for the ordination of women to the Episcopate. A lot of the discussion I’ve seen so far is outraged, mixed, and sad.
So am I, for my sister clergy who serve faithfully in a part of the Church where their gifts are limited, for the angst of the future conversations about this topic.
But mostly I’m sad for the little girls for whom this means not a lack of talented and called Bishops who are women, but a lack of Bishops who are like them.  And it’s not just women who suffer this lack. 

So today I’m dreaming of Bishops.

Bishops who are old and young(ish); Bishops from every ethnicity; Bishops who are male and female; Bishops who are heterosexual and homosexual and every other sexual orientation; Bishops from wealthy and poor backgrounds; Bishops who spent their lives in the Church and Bishops who came to the Church after other careers; Bishops who are beacons of ‘health’ and Bishops who come with their assisting devices, chronic illnesses, health struggles; Bishops who are orthodox, liberal, evangelical, conservative, low Church, and the highest Anglo-Catholics.

Ultimately, I dream of Bishops who are passionate about Jesus and the Episcopal-Anglican tradition. Because that has nothing to do with gender, orientation, wealth, or anything other than the actions of Jesus Christ in our lives.

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Proper 28, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with 1 Samuel 1:4-20 and 1 Samuel 2:1-10.

Hannah is one of my heroes. She knew what she wanted and persisted. What courage!

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

Listen: Proper 28, 2012

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A #CCAB outcome

As Episcopal denizens of Twitter already know, this past week was the organizational meeting of the CCAB’s.  I attended as a new member of the Standing Commission on Lifelong Christian Formation and Education.

As it often does, the appropriate role of social media was a topic for all of the assembled CCAB’s.  There were a number of avid social media users present.  There were a number of people who found the interwebs confusing and new.

I find the appropriate and sensitive use of social media, even and especially at gatherings like this, to be a great tool. (And, let’s be honest, an occasional stress/boredom/loneliness relief.)  I’m working on more to say about a lot of this.

For now though, I want to share one result of our social media presence.  A new Episcopalian followed the #ccab and posed about a question on twitter about which CCAB is dealing with disabilities.  I saw this and connected the tweet with @gaycjen, the current President of the House of Deputies. This lead to an answer.  Which lead to another person chiming in with this:

There are, and will always be, questions about social media and boundaries. About what should be shared and with whom. These are good questions and the Church needs to wrestle with them.

We need to wrestle with them because sometimes beautiful Godly things happen. And if our tradition teaches nothing else, beautiful Godly things are worth the struggle.

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SR: Lazarus and Jesus weeping

Sermon Review

Link: All Saints, 11-4-12

Summary of what I was saying and why:
This sermon wrote differently. The first line (which I kept) came very early the rest of it sort of trickled out from there. This is one of the sermons I’ve been very tempted to scrap and start over. And it’s also one of the sermons I liked as it preached.
All of which is to say that I knew I was going to be preaching on “Jesus wept” but I didn’t have a definitive direction or idea.

Theology: a little Christology and a little resurrection theology
Jesus Count: Good
Good News: we are loved into new life
What did I change on my feet? The conclusion
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I’m not sure

What did work?
The last line: “We are called into the sort of loving life of divine love, and tears, that promises to sustain us beyond death.”

Other sermons I liked:
Bishop Rickel
I loved this sermon. It went in so many delightful ways. “Saints are not freaks or exceptions. They are the standard operating model for human beings.” Go listen.

The Rev Sibley
“Blessed are you because God is at work. In you. Whether you know it or not.”

The Rev Collins
“What Jesus offers in today’s gospel is not rescue, not relief from the pain, but rather resurrection and redemption. He doesn’t prevent the death of Lazarus nor the suffering of his sisters. And though he doesn’t prevent the family’s tragedy, he does not abandon them to their suffering, rather Jesus joins them in their suffering, and in the end he redeems their loss. He restores life to Lazarus and he engenders in them, and in us, faith and hope amidst the loss and despair.”

The Rev Pankey
Sainthood is ‘participation in God’s ongoing work of resurrection.’

(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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All Saint’s 2012

As many other parishes did, we transferred All Saint’s to this Sunday.  The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with John 11:32-44.

Lazarus died. Jesus wept. Lazarus lived.

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

Listen: All Saint’s 2012

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