Posts Tagged With: paul

Community, Sin, and Forgiveness, January 2018

People hurt each otherMorsels & Stories: I read a story about commandments from  The Spy on Noah’s Ark: Bible Stories from the Inside Out.

 

Sermon:  Paul seems to advocate for vegetarianism and I talk about Martin Luther.

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.

 

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Morsels and Stories, Lent 2

Robyns SermonsToday I didn’t preach, but recorded Morsels and Stories.

Part 2 of our Eucharist series we talk about the Bible and Eucharist.  (the 5 min version)  How long have we celebrated Eucharist?

 

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Made by God, Epiphany 4 2015

Robyns SermonsPaul writes about eating idol meat, and how idols are empty because they were made by human hands.  Humans, of course, were made by God.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.

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Jesus Questions, September 2014

The Pharisees play “Questions with Jesus” in today’s Gospel.Robyns Sermons
What do we do with Jesus Questions.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked Matthew 21:23-32.

 

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SR In Which Paul is Wiser, Easter 6 2014

Link: In Which Paul is Wiser, Easter 6 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I love this story. Paul in Athens at the altar to an unknown God.
Early last week, I was talking about some troubling part of theology and how I resolved it for myself with Genesis 1. All things were created good and holy and to the delight of God.
And then Christmas parties in Lent and Easter bunnies during Epiphany-tide became a sermon.
(Also, really stuffed bunnies. Live bunnies are pets and shouldn’t be purchased lightly.)

Theology: Evangelism
Jesus Count: low
Good News: Everything can be used to tell our story of Jesus.

What did I change on my feet?
Not a lot. I found the end on my feet. But this mostly preached as I’d sketched it out.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I think there are so many more stories and examples that I didn’t include. And I think I might have been able to lean into my stories more. Make them examples of seizing the moments to tell my story.
I missed an opportunity to really play with “always be ready to defend the hope that is in you” bit in the Epistle. It could’ve melded in beautifully.
What did work?
Christmas parties in Lent. True family story and joke. Which, this week, served the Gospel.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Baum, Easter 6
“In a romance, the Advocate is not sent to be our helper in the courtroom, but is sent by God to win our hearts. What if God loved the world so much that he sent his only son? Doesn’t Jesus show the ultimate depths of God’s love for you, in that he is willing to lay down his life proclaiming the love of God? Jesus walks among us, preaches the Good News to us, and then . . . well . . . we don’t want to hear it. His courtship is rejected in the Court of Human Hearts.”

Priest Pattison, Easter 6
groping for God, and the courage to go out
“Probably the shortest time to answered prayer.”

My personal rule is that I include preachers from the Anglican/Episcopal tradition. But it is my guideline and this is too good:
Pastor Parker, Paul and Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
“Paul does not just re-interpret the unknown God, but re-interprets the whole religious system. The God that Paul knows is the one who created all things. The God that Paul knows is the one who gives us life and movement and being — and does not require petty sacrifices in order to show mercy. The God that Paul knows, know us — knows what it is like to be born, to live, and die as one of us.”

(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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In Which Paul is Wiser, Easter 6 2014

Robyns SermonsFamily jokes, a Christmas Party in Lent, and Paul in Athens….

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Acts 17:22-31.

 

 

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SR Paul and the Beer Rule, Epiphany 3 26Jan2014

Link: Paul and the Beer Rule, Epiphany 3 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I don’t preach on a text from one of the Epistles, so when this section of 1 Corinthians called to me, I went with it. After that I wanted to talk about differences and divides without letting the sermon be a set up for our AGM (Annual General Meeting) after the service.

Theology: Ecclesiology
Jesus Count: low
Good News: In the diverse body of Christ, our differences don’t divide us.

What did I change on my feet?
This was a sermon from outlined notes, so I didn’t change things so much as fill the sermon out.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I think I should’ve been clearer about how we live with and are strengthened by our differences.
What did work?
I’ve loved the Beer Rule since I first read about it. I was happy to include it.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Lightcap opens with one of my favourite jokes and proceeds to wonder if the Church is divided and how we can be united.

Priest Romanik considers if anything good can come out of the Church.

Deacon Pierce connects shoes and transformation.

(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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Paul and the Beer Rule, a sermon for 26 Jan 2014

Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and the SPI Beer Rule.Robyns Sermons

The Beer Rule is actually the Beer Principle and can be found over here at the Scholar Priest Initiative.

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The lessons can be found by clicking here.

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SR The Glory of Jesus Christ, Palm Sunday 2013

Link:The Glory of Jesus Christ

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Palm Sunday is the beginning of the challenge of Holy Week preaching. The texts and liturgies almost do preach themselves and yet I do feel a need to voice where I believe my community is amongst the texts.
Palm and Passion Sunday is harder for me as a priest than I remember it being as a parishioner. I feel the disconnect between the triumphal entry and the crucifixion end more. This year I found myself getting caught up in the Christology of Paul’s hymn in Philippians and used that to frame a very short sermon.

This sermon, in this style, would not exist without this discipline. I’m never entirely sure if I like a sermon until about six months after I preached it. But I am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone.

Theology: Christology
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: Jesus is not done.

What did I change on my feet?
I rearranged things a bit.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I’m not sure the rearranging worked. As I’d written it the bulk of the middle was structured around “the glory is a prelude to the work Jesus is to be about/ the glory is because of the work Jesus has done.” It lost some of the nod towards poetry but I think it still worked as sermon.
I also moved the “Jesus is not done” line. I think that was an improvement.
What did work?
I liked this for Palm Sunday. It is an odd day.

Other sermons I liked:

Bishop Rickel on Palm Sunday setting the stage for the week and our lives.

Bishop Fisher onone of the scary concepts of the Church: commitment.

And it is Holy Week so a lot of sermons aren’t up and my time is limited. Three sermons and services in the next three days! Which probably means a round-up next week.

(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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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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