Posts Tagged With: Lent

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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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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Dustiness, Ash Wednesday 2014

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


The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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120 Books, 40 Days

The year I bought the most (non-school) books was my senior year of college.

I was six or seven when I discovered books so I’ve spent almost a quarter century reading, buying, and accumulating books. One of the six bookshelves (yes, six) in my apartment is dedicated to books that I have found and anticipate keeping for a long period of time. Some of them are the books I’ve had since I was six or seven.

Books are full of words, ideas, places, and people that I fell in love with. All of it. From the other places and amazing character to the fascinating ideas and the words that brought me all of this. I was a bibliophile before I knew the word, with a healthy library habit and more books than my shelves could hold.

I think there is a bit of escapism in every reader. Otherwise we would find no pleasure in spending time in Shanara, Middle Earth, Pern, Narnia or more realistic but happily ending worlds of Beverly Cleary, LM Montgomery, and so many others that passed through my hands.

But my senior year of college was unique. That year I needed escape. I’d had brain surgery for the second time. Both my physical and emotional recovery were arduous. Thank God for used book stores and therapists. I relied on both.

I learned that while my therapist will help keep me sane, my book buying habits are the first bellwether of serious stress. When I start buying more books than I can read, repeatedly; when the books begin to over-pile the shelves, even by my standards; when things progress beyond the “I like five books but I only really want one” stage; it is time to worry. It has been several years since I worried myself. The upside to having a bellwether is, if you pay attention then you know what is happening.

This year I noticed, well, book creep for lack of a phrase. I wasn’t buying more books than normal. I just wasn’t also cleaning my shelves off. I like having my books in my space. I have at least nosed through nearly all of them and they are my friends. There are worlds and possibilities and things I want to know. And there was too much of it.

A combination of bookshelf contemplation and Lenten preparation led me to one conclusion: it was time for fewer books. And because I knew I would not do it without a number, I gave it one. For Lent, I would take 100 books out of my apartment. 100 of my friends, of the books I had held and read and wanted to know, gone.

The first 78 to go

The first 78 to go

There were rules, of course. I have always found it useful to be specific in my Lenten disciplines. (There is a difference between no candy and no chocolate.) Duplicate books counted. (I had a few on the theory that they would be books I would give away, eventually.) Fiction books didn’t count. (The fiction section of my library is better cultivated and edited than others so I knew it would be too easy to remove some of those books.) And all 100 books had to be out of the house or boxed by Easter. Anything else was too much wiggle room.

At the beginning of Lent I had cataloged 650 books in my library and figured there were about 50 uncatalogued books. (This should not shock you, I spent a lot of time in libraries as a child.) 100 books, my goal, was about %14 of my library. The first ten books were easy. The next ten weren’t too bad. I got to 50 without any huge difficulties. 50-75 was challenging. The last 45 (because I actually went 20 over) were a debate on every single book. But in 40 days 120 books left my apartment.

In my Ash Wednesday sermon this year, I preached that Lenten disciplines are about drawing closer to Christ. In selecting books to give away, I accepted. I accepted that I will never be an expert on the Cold War, the Holocaust, Celtic Christianity, and so many other things. I came to terms with only owning one book about many topics. I held old friends and got lost in a few. As I held books I could not part with I began to realize that this discipline wasn’t at all what I thought.

I had thought giving these books, my escapes, away would be about being more vulnerable and less armored. And that terrified me. In culling down my bookshelves, I have indeed found myself, not more vulnerable but less distracted. More aware of the things I may truly be called toward as opposed to just interested in.

Perhaps, this time, Jesus was on the bookshelf.

From I Can Has Ceezburger

From I Can Has Ceezburger


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How Incarnation Ends, a sermon for Good Friday 3-29-13

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I preached on Incarnation and Crucifixion.Robyn's Sermons

How did we think the Incarnation was going to end?

(The quote is from Tragic Vision and Divine Compassion: A Contemporary Theodicy by Wendy Farley, pg 34)

Listen: Good Friday, 2013

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The Glory of Jesus Christ, a sermon for Palm Sunday 3-24-13

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked with Philippians 2:5-11, the ride into Jerusalem, and story of Jesus.

Glory is due to Jesus. Which is where we start today. And Jesus is not done.

Listen: Palm Sunday, 2013

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SR Expensive Misundstandings, Lent 5

Link: Expensive Misunderstandings

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Paul gets a bad reputation. At least when I hang out in liberal or cynical circles. That’s where I started.
Then I started thinking about Mary and the hidden story we don’t know about this nard. What did it cost her to anoint Jesus’s feet with that expensive feet?
What are the hidden sacrifices in all of our pews and pulpits? How do we honor those?

Theology: sacrifice
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: we have all sacrificed for the sake of the Gospel

What did I change on my feet?
I rewrote the end of the sermon on my feet.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I didn’t try to write any modern stories into this sermon. I don’t know that I would go back and do that, I just know that I didn’t.
What did work?
It is important to care for each other and asking the question about the sacrifices we have made (and are making) to worship our God

Other sermons I liked:

Bishop Rickel preaches about how this is not Jesus letting us off the hook or a story of one person being better than the other but the need for both.

Priest Linman preaches about the importance of The Gospel of You (alongside the Gospels of Mary, Lazarus, and Judas).

Priest Giroux preaches on the inability to math love.

Priest Robertson preaches an imagery laden sermon I loved.

(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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Coming home again, a sermon for Lent 4 3-10-13

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32.

Coming home again is hard.

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon begins. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Lent 4, 2013

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The Fig Tree and the Gardener, a sermon for Lent 3 3-3-13

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Luke 3:1-9.

Today Jesus tells us the parable of the Fig Tree (and the Gardener).

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon begins. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Lent 3, 2013

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