Posts Tagged With: Matthew

Parable Mad Libs, July 2014

Robyns SermonsParables are stories we’re invited to play with.
This morning we experimented mad lib style.


The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 13:31-33,44-52.



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Horses, Wheat, Weeds July 20, 2014

Robyns SermonsWhat kind of story it is often depends on where you stop the story.  We know that ours will end with the Resurrected Christ but our stories aren’t over yet.


The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.



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Sermon Round-Up: June 22 2014, Proper 7/OT12

Vacation this Sunday and next so I’m not preaching. Off eating gelato with seminary classmates and talking theology with colleagues instead.

What I might have preached:
The dean while I was at seminary made a habit of praying for ‘peace with justice.’ Which I liked because although I was used to praying for peace and justice ‘with’ reminded me that if you want peace it’s actually tangled up with justice, that to really have one you have to sort out the other.
Which is an interesting thing to hold alongside this very tangled up Gospel.

Sermons I like:

Priest Downs, The Divine Household: Jesus, Division, and a Sword that cuts Injustice
“Each of these pieces: about the servants and the sparrows and the hairs and the hell: is about the household. A household kept and built by GOD. A household which embraces equality and rejects hierarchy; embraces public devotion and rejects private belief; embraces the worthless and successful; naming their true worth the same.”

Priest Collins, Stop Helping, Start Serving
“Helping someone avoid the truth of his or her dysfunction is not Christian.
What it is is a denial of the Christ that is in that person. It is a denial of the potential for resurrection that is in that person.”

Bishop Edwards, Ishmael and Willy Loman
“Jesus invites us to let go of what we cling to most tightly,
because those things are our chains.
The more we give away, the less we have,
but the more fully alive we become.
If we give our money, our time, our attention, our labor
for Jesus’ sake, it opens up a place in our souls
where we can breathe.”

Priest Romanik, Narcissism
“Jesus begins by imbuing his followers with power and authority and then proceeds to explain to them in detail that they are not the center of the universe, that life is not all about them.”

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SR Different not Dangerous, Epiphany 6 2014

Link: Differeent no Dangerous, Epiphany 6 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
“pluck out your eye…cut off your hand” I’ve been fascinated with this passage since a rather bad sermon in preaching class. It’s a hard section in a hard section. And yet I keep trying to sort it out in a sermon. This time my struggle with what this all means intersected with Pro Infirmis’s YouTube video considering perfect bodies.

Theology: salvation
Jesus Count: high
Good News: God loves us.

What did I change on my feet?
So much. The first service I was a bit of a rambling mess. I managed to pull things together a bit the second time.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
My notes had some quotes from the video that I didn’t use. Some of that was memory, more of it is that I wasn’t sure about my description of the video. It would have been a different exercise to preach this in a setting where I could show the video.
What did work?
I got a lot of positive feedback about the video.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Downs invites us to see sin and ourselves from God’s view.

Priest Giroux considers divorce and the book of arguments.

Bishop Fisher quotes Dumbledore and talks about pizza and Communion.

(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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