Posts Tagged With: love

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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SR Broken, Loving Hearts Easter 5, 2013

Link: You can listen to what I said here: Broken, Loving Hearts, Easter 5, 2013

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Love has consequences. Jesus instructs us to love one another and then gets crucified. We love and often get hurt. Love, though, can often be not only transformational but resurrectional.

Theology: Salvation
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: love can be resurrectional

What did I change on my feet?
The conclusion. Which is, if you haven’t noticed, what most frequently gets changed. I should talk about why that is at some other point in time.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
My preaching these last few weeks/months has been strongly informed by the upcoming closing of the church. This sermon, while worth preaching in other places, might need to be preached with different nuance then and there.

What did work?
I liked sort of steering a course into the hard and broken parts of love. Which can be the strong places of love.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Lightcap reminds us how Jesus’s love turns the world upside down.

Priest Giroux preaches on funerals, weddings, and the centrality love.
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Broken, loving hearts, sermon audio for Easter 5

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with John 13:31-35.

Love has consequences.

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Exposed Feet, a sermon for Maundy Thursday 3-24-13

Robyns SermonsThe lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with John 13:1-17, 31b-35.

This was an ecumenical service with the Methodist congregation who shares their building with us.

The oddity of foot washing, with a little Thrilling Adventure Hour and a lot of Jesus.

Listen: Maundy Thursday, 2013

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SR: Dogs, cats, and love

Link: Dogs, cats, and love; a sermon for Epiphany 4 2-3-13

Summary of what I was saying and why:
1 Corinthians 13 is a passage we usually hear at weddings. I wanted a way to approach the passage and love that didn’t give everyone immediate wedding flashbacks, especially because not everyone is married. So, as we have a bit of dog culture in The Episcopal Church, my dog is in this sermon.

Theology: love
Jesus Count: low (very low)
Good News: love isn’t the same

What did I change on my feet?
I cut some things, but not a whole lot.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I was missing a tie in with the Gospel.

What did work?
I think the dog/cat/love looks different connection worked. I liked pulling 1 Cor 12 forward into how I understood this passage.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Valori talks about the prophets God is calling us to be.

Priest Baum takes Jesus seriously when he reads Isaiah.

And a quote from Priest Romanik’s sermon, “If love does not exist at the heart of who we are, if we do not recognize that this place is created by love, then all that we do on Sunday mornings, the prayers, the preaching, the music, the teaching, is just noise.”

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