Posts Tagged With: love

Fear and Love, Good Friday 2017

Today Jesus dies a horrible death.
Because of us.
Our fear, our need for power.

 

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Jn 18:1-19:42.

 

 

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Ash Wednesday 2017

ash-wednesday-2017The Gospel for Ash Wednesday begins with, perhaps, the most Anglican verse, “Beware of practicing your piety before others.”  But Jesus is getting at a lot more than where we pray.

 

 

The lessons for Ash Wednesday can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

 

 

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Holy Cross, 2016

failure-rooted-in-loveSt Peter’s has a mid-week service and have been working toward recording and occasionally posting those sermons.  My mid-week sermons are often shorter and closer to extemporaneous.  This year the Feast of Holy Cross Day fell on a Wednesday.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.

You can watch “The West Wing” scene I mention here.

 

 

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God throws a party, September 2016

partyMorsels & Stories: We spend some time talking about our favourite parts of  Scripture.
Because this was interactive and personal, much of it may not have recorded well.  I’d invite you to ponder the questions yourself in those times.

 

Sermon: It’s all about the party.

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 15:1-10.

 

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More than “As you wish”, Easter 5 2016

as you wishMorsels & Stories: I talked about where “Alleluia” comes from and what the Hebrew word means.  I wrote the Hebrew out in large print for the congregation, but the wikipedia page (here) also has the Hebrew text.

Sermon: Why today’s Gospel had me thinking about The Princess Bride all week.

At the end of the service I made an announcement about what I’ll be doing for the next four weeks.  More here.

Today’s lessons can be found here.  I worked most closely with John 13:31–35.

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Morsels and Stories, Easter 4 2016

Good Shepherd SundayMorsels and Stories: It’s Good Shepherd Sunday so I talked about some of the places shepherds show up in the Bible.

 

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.

 

 

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God is patient and kind, January 2016

Robyns SermonsStories and Morsels: We talked about Church and why I love Annual Meetings.

Sermon: God is patient.  God is kind.  A sermon on the impossibility of the “wedding” passage.  Plus a behind the scenes story from my wedding.

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with 1 Cor 13.

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Promising Love, Oct 2014

Robyns SermonsAs Christians we make promises we cannot keep.  Fortunately our God has more invested in love.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked with Joshua 24:1-3a,14-25.

 

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Why The Episcopal Church?

I drove to and from my vestry meeting last night listening to episodes of The Collect Call.  If you don’t listen to Brendan and Holli, I heartily recommend this.  I enjoy it because they are church-y but they are also just plain delightful and entertaining.  Holli and Brendan offer The Collect Call as part of The Acts 8 Moment, a group working to proclaim resurrection in The Episcopal Church.

In the last few weeks you may have seen some of the posts responding to a trio of Acts 8 BLOGFORCE questions: Why the Church?, Why Anglicanism?, Why The Episcopal Church?

I haven’t said anything.  In part because of a busy schedule; in part because I feel like I’ve already commented on these ideas.

There is wisdom in the Church and in this Anglican Tradition.

I stayed in The Episcopal Church (now the Anglican Communion) because this is where I best see Jesus.

It’s been interesting to read people’s thoughts on why The Episcopal Church. In good Anglican fashion, I’ve agreed with some opinions more than others. It is always good to know that we share the cause of love, if not the details.  But then I was listening to Brendan, in the Proper 19 episode.  He made a comment about love being about more than the sum of the reasons we could list.

We can, and have, and will continue to make lists, to have reasons why we participate in and love this Episcopal Church of ours.  We’ll talk about polity and liturgy.

But there’s something more.  Our love for the Church is greater than the sum of our lists, even all our lists.  Our love for the Church has to do with seeing Jesus here, being transformed, and then trying to reason out what and how and why.

We have Church words for this: sacrament and miracle.  The Episcopal Church is a means by which we receive God’s Grace (sacrament) and something that only God can do (miracle). But those words only make sense, and often little enough even then, inside of the Church.

But perhaps we can say that The Episcopal Church is more than the sum of her parts and we’re in love.

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Egypt, sermon for Christmas 1, 29 Dec 2013

Jesus flees, children die.Robyns Sermons

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The lessons were  Is 63:7–9; Ps 148; Heb 2:10–18; Mt 2:13–23.   I worked most closely with Matthew 2:13-23.

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