Monthly Archives: April 2014

SR: Touch and Taste and See, Easter 2 2014

Link: Touch and Taste and See, Easter 2 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I love this story. At the second service we had an Easter Festival of Readings and Praise, so this was meant to be a brief sermon.

Theology: Eucharistic
Jesus Count: average
Good News: Taste and see that the Lord is good.

What did I change on my feet?
This was all off a fairly rough outline. So I didn’t so much change things as flesh them out.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
If I’d spent more time writing this out I think I’d have done a better set up for ‘taste and see that the Lord is good.”
What did work?
Ending with the line from the psalm, which is also used in the Eucharistic prayer. Loved that.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Baum, Easter 2
“Jesus met the cowering disciples on a Sunday morning where they were: locked in a room, and fearing to proclaim their faith to the world outside. Jesus met Thomas the unbeliever on a Sunday morning where he was: stuck in a trap of being unable to believe, and facing a life of isolation because of unbelief. And in both cases, Jesus declared peace, brought courage and faith, and prepared them to turn the world upside down through their proclamation.”

Priest Downs, Trusting Us, a simple act of faith
“This is why the faith matters. The doubt Jesus rejects is the kind that doesn’t allow us to forgive.”

Bishop Fisher, Unexcused Absence
“I would rather that we focus on the invitation of Jesus to believe, even when we mess up and when we skip out on the resurrection the first time.”

(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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Touch and Taste and See, Easter 2 2014

Robyns SermonsThomas did not go far enough…

 

 

 

 

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You can find the lessons by clicking here. I worked most closely with John 20:19-31.

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Resurrection Thinking, Easter 2014

Robyns SermonsThis is a good day.  A day beyond science.  An inauguration of resurrection thinking.

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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This is a Bad Day, Good Friday 2014

Robyns SermonsWill you stay?  Will you return?

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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Binding, Maundy Thursday 2014

Robyns SermonsHere we are bound, in eternity, to each other, to Christ.

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

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SR: Darkest Hour Palm, Sunday 2014

Link: Darkest Hour, Palm Sunday 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Palm/Passion Sunday is wonderful and really hard to preach. And I don’t know how not to say something. I started thinking about how attractive Jesus must have seemed, riding into Jerusalem. It could all be real…and then we’re outside the tomb, defeated. And we need to stay there a bit.

Theology: Resurrection
Jesus Count: Medium
Good News: This is the darkest hour

What did I change on my feet?
Ten minutes before the first service I realized that we weren’t doing the Liturgy of the Palms (first Holy Week at St Peter’s). Suddenly I needed a new beginning.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
At the later service I left out the part about the story of faith being God’s love story for us. At the early service I think I soft pedalled the end.
What did work?
I think I mostly hit a balance between the promise of good news and the reality of the dark place the Gospel reading ends at. And I think this sets up the arc of my preaching for Holy Week.

Other sermons I liked:
Bishop Fisher, Staggering Violence & Peace
“My friends, I chose to be with you this morning – to share in the staggering acts of violence on the last day of Jesus on this earth.
I chose to be with you this morning – to challenge us to have a peaceful response to the staggering violence all around us.”

Priest Arnold, What wondrous love is this?
“This was evil’s one last chance to destroy God, and so evil threw all of its best weapons against Jesus – betrayal, doubt, pain, mockery, humiliation, shame, abandonment, and finally, the robbery of life itself. All of these, evil hurled at Christ, and he absorbed them all with divine peace and hope. And there, on the cross, Jesus shattered evil’s power.”

Priest Kadel, Palm Sunday
“We are moving quickly toward Easter, the Feast of the Resurrection. But the joy of that feast doesn’t come from the spirit of a party—“Hey-Sanna, Ho-Sanna, Sanna, Sanna, Ho”, but in Jesus complete and fearless giving of his life, his entirely loving life, for his people, the poor and the humble. For us.”

(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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Darkest Hour, Palm Sunday 2014

Robyns SermonsThings started so well…

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If you are interested in the colleague I mention, her twitter feed is @AmberBelldene. Information about her books, her blog, and more information about being a priest who writes romance can be found at amberbelldene.com.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 26:14-27:66.

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SR Bound by Toilet Paper, Lent 5 2014

Link: Bound by Toilet Paper, Lent 5 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
As so many others do, I love Ezekiel and the dry bones. And I can’t read it without hearing a story of (re)creation. And then with Lazarus the question of how bound we are appeared.

Theology: Salvation
Jesus Count: medium
Good News: Jesus breaks bindings to give life.

What did I change on my feet?
Not a lot.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
At the earlier service I did a better job of ending on “are we wearing our bindings so that they are easy to break?”
What did work?
The camp story.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Downs, Unbinding, Emptying the Tomb
“But the necessity of Lazarus’s death is based not on permanence of physical death, but the temporary and subjective nature of true death. Jesus’s power is found not in preventing death, but in bringing life. It is not in intervening in Lazarus’s death, but giving him new life.”

Deacon Bright, Lent 5
“Notice too it isn’t Jesus who unbinds Lazarus. Jesus calls on the community, on those who are gathered around, to unbind him. Are we busy helping our brothers and sisters with their burial cloths, are we at work unbinding them, or are we complicit in keeping them bound?”

Bishop Fisher, How I Met your Redeemer
“My name is Lazarus.
And when I thought I was a dead duck,
Jesus wept for me and he called me out of my tomb and he hugged my neck and he loved me.
And that, my friends, is
How I Met Your Redeemer.”

(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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Bound by Toilet Paper, Lent 5 2014

Robyns SermonsCreation, Ezekiel, Lazarus.  How are we bound?

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:1-45.  The creation account used is from Genesis 2.

 

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