Monthly Archives: February 2014

SR Holiness Gap, Epiphany 7 2014

Link: Holiness Gap, Epiphany 7 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Be holy. Be Perfect. I love these sections where we see the rationale behind the laws that make us so uncomfortable. And I hate it. Holy, perfect are not things we become, not like God is. So I started thinking about not becoming like. And then the uncanny valley.

Theology: Anthropology
Jesus Count: low
Good News: God loves us

What did I change on my feet?
Each service started differently. I kept tweaking how I described the gap.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I wish I’d used, “God is not disquieted by us.” I think I made the point but I missed the continuity I could’ve created linguistically.
What did work?
I think the uncanny valley is a good analogy for this holiness snarl.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Downs points out that Jesus is teaching us to rebel.

Priest Castellan connects Sochi’s dogs and the demanding nature of people.

Priest Linman reminds us that we all pick and choose—and offers some guidelines.

Priest Kadel preaches on asparagus and neighbors.

(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. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.

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Holiness Gap, Epiphany 7 February 2014

Our lack of perfection disturbs us.Robyns Sermons

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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SR Different not Dangerous, Epiphany 6 2014

Link: Differeent no Dangerous, Epiphany 6 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
“pluck out your eye…cut off your hand” I’ve been fascinated with this passage since a rather bad sermon in preaching class. It’s a hard section in a hard section. And yet I keep trying to sort it out in a sermon. This time my struggle with what this all means intersected with Pro Infirmis’s YouTube video considering perfect bodies.

Theology: salvation
Jesus Count: high
Good News: God loves us.

What did I change on my feet?
So much. The first service I was a bit of a rambling mess. I managed to pull things together a bit the second time.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
My notes had some quotes from the video that I didn’t use. Some of that was memory, more of it is that I wasn’t sure about my description of the video. It would have been a different exercise to preach this in a setting where I could show the video.
What did work?
I got a lot of positive feedback about the video.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Downs invites us to see sin and ourselves from God’s view.

Priest Giroux considers divorce and the book of arguments.

Bishop Fisher quotes Dumbledore and talks about pizza and Communion.

(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. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.

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Different not Dangerous, sermon for Epiphany 6 16 Feb 2014

Being normal, different, loved, and safe.Robyns Sermons

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The YouTube video mentioned can be found here:

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 5:21-37.

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Jots and Tittles, sermon for Epiphany 5 2014

“that a child may understand”

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The readings can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 5:13-20.

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SR: What Simeon Didn’t See, Feast of the Presentation 2014

Link: What Simeon Didn’t See, Feast of the Presentation 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I have always loved the Nunc Dimitis. I learned it as part of Compline and thus still think of it with the Latin heading the BCP79 uses. In large part because of that I didn’t think I could preach on it–I tend to find texts I love harder to preach than strange or new texts. I was internally lamenting this and thinking about how hard it would be to explain to people what Simeon was reacting to…after all, what had Simeon seen?

Theology: Christology
Jesus Count: medium
Good News: We all see glimpses of God.

What did I change on my feet?
The conclusion. (What else?)
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I got the Nunc Dimitis better at the later service but the conclusion was better at the early service. I still like this sermon and the concept, but I’m not sure I’d preach it again. I think it needs a fairly massive rewrite.
What did work?
What didn’t Simeon see, what don’t we see…

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Giroux lights candles.

Priest Lightcap considers the power of temples.

Priest Richardson reminds us that the presentation
is about faith, family, and community.

(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. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.

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What Simeon Didn’t See, sermon for the Feast of the Presentation 2014

“For my eyes have seen the Saviour…”Robyns Sermons

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 2:22-40.

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