Monthly Archives: March 2014

For the Benefit of Non-Members, Lent 4 2014

Robyns Sermons“The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of non-members.” (Widely attributed to Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple)

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.  This is one of the rare occasions where I didn’t work with them much.

You can find the Anglican Church of Canada Catechism question I reference on page 553 of the 1962 Book of Common Prayer. (pdf here)

You can find The Episcopal Church’s 1979 Book of Common Prayer and Catechism here.  The questions I reference are found on page 855.

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SR Water Enough, Lent 3 2014

Link: Water Enough, Lent 3 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I’d preached on the woman at the well last year and wasn’t ready to go back there. I love preaching on water because it means baptism. Somewhere I got stuck on the question of enough water. And then “enough water for what?”

Theology: Baptism/Evangelism
Jesus Count: low
Good News: God gives us abundant water and asks us to share.

What did I change on my feet?
The conclusion. Not only did I write it on my feet but it took a bit of a new direction.
I tweaked the first couple of paragraphs that morning.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
Especially at the second service the end rambled a bit. At the first service, I had a technology failure and I only recorded the first two minutes. Always charge your recording device. Also, don’t forget this while you’re on vacation.
What did work?
Preaching on social justice issues isn’t my strong suit. I was happy that it wiggled in a bit on this one.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Arnold, Hope is a kind of thirst
“In baptism, we dip down into that pure spring and the water stays with us. Our thirst for the living water is quenched, and the spring of grace is always flowing.”

Priest Garner, Sermon for Lent 3A
“Our lives are filled with thirsts. We are thirsty for financial security. We are thirsty for social acceptance. We are thirsty for the comfortable life that means we don’t have to worry about being thirsty for anything. But inside all of us there is a longing that is deeper than our physical needs—a thirst for peace with the one who made us.”

Dean Richards, The Woman at the Well and our habitual responses
Habitual responses, a consideration of ‘gyne’, and living water.

(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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Water Enough, Lent 3 2014

Robyns SermonsThe Israelites in the desert.  Jesus and the woman at the well.   And the question is do we have water?  Enough to drink? Enough to share?

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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To Elevate the Host

It was January 2002, the weekend before my 2nd semester of college began. It was the beginning of my acceptance of a priestly vocation and I was sitting in a room at a Church 5 hours away from home, further from college. A priest, whom I’ve known for years and love and respect, said that he planned to continue celebrating Eucharist “until I can no longer elevate the Host.”

In the moment I knew three things. This was like no other position on retirement I’d ever heard. I had no understanding off what he meant. This was absolutely true and a visceral reality.

I’ve had a brief vacation over the last week. The timing was found where my need to rest (after the moving and moving and learning a new Church, Diocese, city, and country) met the schedule of the Diocese and Church. I was pulled a bit thin by the time my fist day of vacation came.

I took time to read, walk my dog, visit museums, go to the movies, clean my house, sit on my couch and watch television. I was on vacation for Sunday and the midweek services.

It was good to be gone and it is good to be back. Seven days is just long enough to rest and not so long that I am playing massive catch-up with messages. Still, I spent the first few days back out of rhythm with my usual week. And I didn’t quite know how to get back.
I know that this is normal. It doesn’t matter when my time away ends or how I set things up, the first few days are a little off.

I find my rhythm after my first service back.

This is My Body

 

This is I when hear my wise friend’s voice: “until I can no longer elevate the Host.”
I have been ordained and lived my way into that sacramental and elusive truth. There is something about who I am, how I am connected to my role as priest that is grounded and grounds me through celebrating the Eucharist. Through the sharing of Christ’s body and blood with my community.

“Until I can no longer elevate the Host.”

This is what I know now about this statement. It’s not about retirement; it’s about sacrament, relationship, and vocation. I can explain it no better than I first heard it. It is viscerally true.

And it was good and right and joyous to be back, elevating the Host and celebrating with my community, this morning.

Picture used via Creative Commons, Alan Creech, Flickr 
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Sermon Round-up: Lent 2 2014

After the mad dash of the last six months, I’m taking a few days off to sleep, unpack and enjoy my new home. As is my custom, here are some of the sermons is particularly enjoyed for Lent 2.

Priest Downs, Revealed Honesty and the Christian
“Repeating back the liturgy with our noses in a book shows no less blindness to the Spirit.”

Priest Sherer, Eternal Life: Our Reality
“This is the point Jesus is trying to make to Nicodemus: it isn’t about doing life right so you win the prize of eternal life later, it’s about living in eternal life right now.”

Priest Lightcap, Urgent
“I wonder sometimes — and please, this is only me wondering —
I wonder if we do ourselves a disservice
By making the life of faith so easy and so accessible.”

Priest Romanik, Dark Horse
“Abram was a nomad, a herdsman, a man without pedigree or evident talent, a dark horse, and God tells him to trust that he will be a means of blessing for the whole world.”

As for what I might have preached on? I was embracing vacation. 🙂

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SR Pledges and Priorities, Lent 1 2014

Link: Pledges and Priorities, Lent 1 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Having not been on the ball with scheduling the Sunday for St Peter’s Scout Troop to join us and make their Scout Pledges, Lent 1 became Scout Sunday. Which became a significant part of sermon preparation. I wanted to acknowledge and include the Scouts but not let their presence overshadow Lent.

Theology: Baptismal
Jesus Count: low
Good News: Jesus is our priority.

What did I change on my feet?
As with every interactive sermon, a lot flows from how that interaction goes.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I had printed a copy of Baden-Powell’s last message so I could read the quote but I left it at my eps eat and it didn’t feel right to walk back to retrieve it.
What did work?
It was nice to have some interaction. I want to do that more regularly.

Other sermons I liked:

Mr Henson discusses what we find in the wilderness.

Priest Roberston considers lent and sabbath.

Priest Baum tells us not to take this personally.

Priest Castellan reminds us how good it is that we can’t fix ashes.

(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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Pledges and Priorities, Lent 1 2014

Jesus in the desert on Scout Sunday.Robyns Sermons

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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Dustiness, Ash Wednesday 2014

“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”Robyns Sermons

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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And the video…

With Ash Wednesday this week I’m not getting a sermon review done.  (Shortest version: I think I could have done a better job of integrating ideas; really enjoyed some other sermons–and you can find sermons I listen to under about me.)

But, I referenced a Dempter’s Bread commercial.  For all of you who watch less TV or don’t live in Canada:

I still can’t explain why it’s funny.

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Transformational Bread, Epiphany Last 2014

The times and things that transform us.Robyns Sermons

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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