Posts Tagged With: Lazarus

“Unbind Him”, All Saints 2018

Our work is unbinding people from the injustices of the world (1)Morsels & Stories: I read the “Ragman” from the book Ragman: and other cries of faith by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Sermon:  Jesus talks to Mary (and Martha before her) and then gives them a job.

The lessons can be found by clicking here (link). I worked most closely with John 11:32-44.


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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?



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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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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