Posts Tagged With: Eucharist

Back of the bread, August 2018

Back of the breadMorsels & Stories: We finished our read of Good Goats.

Sermon: In a first, I sing during the sermon.

The lessons can be found by clicking here (link).  I worked most closely with John 6.



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Into the Mystery, August 2018

leave with the mysteryMorsels & Stories:  I talked about non-theological books that have had a significant impact on my life, leadership, and theology.

Sermon:  What is the eucharist?  Queen Elizabeth I weighs in.

The lessons can be found by clicking here (link).  I worked most closely with John 6: 51-58.


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Morsels and Stories, Lent 2

Robyns SermonsToday I didn’t preach, but recorded Morsels and Stories.

Part 2 of our Eucharist series we talk about the Bible and Eucharist.  (the 5 min version)  How long have we celebrated Eucharist?



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Unschedulable Spirit

It started at lunch. We were a church-y group at a church-y gathering. I don’t remember how we wound our way to this topic, but we started wondering why our schedule, replete with initial meetings of all of The Episcopal Church’s Councils, Commissions, and Boards (CCABs), didn’t include Eucharist. Being nerdy Church nerds, we understandingly agreed it would’ve been a scheduling headache.
First you need a room and a time, and then you have to arrange for a …. and …. and…. The ecclesial version of giving a mouse a cookie except it ends with someone feeling hurt.
Then we looked around the table. Someone said, “we have a priest.” We looked at the table, “we have bread.” We remembered sitting around a different table in the bar last night, “we can get wine.”
“We could have an underground eucharist. Just take over one of the rooms and make eucharist!”

And lunch was over and we went back to our separate meetings. In mine, focused on Lifelong Christian Formation, eucharist came up again.
We may have been separated into separate meetings, wide spread rooms, but we were connected by twitter. So I tweeted:

Planning started. We’d been right at that lunch. Priest, bread, wine, room.

We learned that the hashtag name plus the social media usage to plan it had a few people wondering if we were being exclusive. So we used an older form of social media to communicate: a chair for a raised podium and a lunch time announcement the afternoon of the #undergroundeucharist.

And one of my co-planners was right:

One of our committees volunteered their space to be rearranged. So we made a large circle and added more chairs as people arrived.

We had volunteered to serve our Church on a national level; we had arrived for meetings. We came with agendas and hopes and goals. Committed to fixing, improving, changing our Church. More important than any of that, to all of us whether attending that Eucharist or worshipping at home, is the faith that keeps drawing us together.

The people came. Bread-which-is-body and wine-which-is-blood were shared. And together we celebrated the Holy Spirit among us.  The unschedulable, unstoppable Spirit.

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SR: Amid the Crumbs, Easter 3 2014

Link: Amid the Crumbs, Easter 3 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I was not supposed to preach this week. But due to email and schedule mishaps I did. There were two bits of the Gospel that had grabbed me. When Jesus asks the disciples what thugs had happened and the brokenness of the breaking of the bread.

Theology: Eucharist
Jesus Count: average
Good News: God amidst the crumbs.

What did I change on my feet?
Everything. At the early service I focused on our answers to Jesus’s question. At the late service I took a swing at the brokenness of the bread. At both I was thankful for the Holy Spirit. And remembered why my sermons take 8-16 hours of prep.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
So much. At the first service I veered to far into relativism. At the late service my language got sloppy–a little more prep and attention to that would have made the sermon significantly better.
What did work?
The Holy Spirit. 🙂

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Romanik, Strangers
“The disciples share a meal with a stranger, and that stranger is revealed to be Jesus Christ himself. It’s important to notice that the disciples do not simply provide Jesus with food for his journey; they invite him to sit at table with them. The disciples do not simply provide for the stranger; they invite the stranger into a relationship.”

Priest Baum, Easter 3
“And so now, under the spiritual anesthesia of not recognizing the resurrected Jesus, Jesus will do what needs to be done. He begins with Moses and all the prophets, and shows them how the scriptures point to exactly what has happened. Jesus can explain to them why he is the answer to their hopes.”

Priest Downs,
“All this Walk and Talk was critical to move the story but it is here, in the stopping, sharing, and eating that it comes together.”

Bishop Fisher, Broken. Whoa!
“And after we break the bread, broken pieces are placed into our hands.
And mysteriously, by eating this broken bread, we become one Body in Christ to serve the world.
By eating broken bread, we are resurrected.
For God only resurrects dead things.
God only raises those who are broken.”

(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…






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

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Binding, Maundy Thursday 2014

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



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

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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 Review: Proper 13, Ephesians, Baptism, and Eucharist

Sermon Review
Link: Proper 13 8-5-12

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Ephesians 4 starts with a great section on Christian unity. Which is really difficult and we never quite achieve, but we keep practicing. A lot more than you may think. Especially through our baptism and Eucharist.

Theology: Baptismal and Eucharistic theology
Jesus Count: low
Good News: Growing up into the body of which Christ is the head is difficult, but it is made possible because Jesus keeps saying yes first.

What did I change on my feet?
The conclusion got tweaked (it almost always does).
I added back in the comments about Ephesians 4:11–about how we all have different tasks.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
In my manuscript I had this line: “We say yes at every step–starting at baptism, continuing every time we come to Eucharist, every time we prayerfully make a decision, we say yes.” I feel like the sermon was missing that connective line of theology.

What did work?
I am happy any time I get to make connections between the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible and I am happy every time I talk about Baptism, so I was pretty happy.

What do you think?

Other sermons I liked:
People who preached on the Old Testament:
The Rev Robertson
I’ve long enjoyed Josephine’s work, but anyone willing to say “the Bible doesn’t give you any crap” deserves a mention.
The Rev Toles
Preaching on David and sin, not an easy task but John does it well and with humor.
The Rev Jones
This one had me laughing and mentions donuts and Eucharist. Bonus points for a good Jesus count.

(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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