Posts Tagged With: Sheep

The sheep outside, Easter 4 2017

The Good Shepherd cares about the sheep left outsideMorsels & Stories: I read from the introduction to Rabbi Kushner’s reflection on psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd.

 

Sermon:  I remember a story we read about a month ago about Samuel heading off to anoint the boy out in the field with the sheep.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with John 10:1-10.  The story about Samuel is from 1 Samuel 16:1-13.

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A Love that Challenges, Easter 3 2016

A love that challenges usMorsels & Stories: I read about the Dolphins of the Red Sea from Does God have a Big Toe?

 

Sermon: Peter takes the disciples fishing.  Jesus shows up and they try things in a new way.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with John 21:1-19.

 

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Strange Sheep, Easter 4 2015

Robyns Sermons“I am the Good Shepherd.” Jesus

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with John 10:11-18.

 

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SR: God’s Inn, Easter 5 2014

Link: God’s Inn, Easter 5, 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I got entranced early in the week with the idea of God being the connection between each of our vast creative possibilities. But I couldn’t figure out how to preach it. Then I remembered the story I mention. And sermon.

Theology: eschatology and hospitality
Jesus Count: low
Good News: God has a room prepared, customized, just for you.

What did I change on my feet?
The conclusion. And I did a better job of it at the first service. Later I rambled too much.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I don’t think I got the ‘so what’ part. It was tacked on and I think it felt like it.
What did work?
God’s Inn, infinitely personalizable for you. I want a library theme, myself, all the books.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Campbell-Langdell, The Wideness of God
“Because our hearts should not be troubled, but we must live in a way that gives us life and gives life to the world. We can strive to live in a way that banishes the fear of the powers and expectations of this world and puts work and productivity in its rightful place. To live in a way that allows us to wonder in God, to long for what is to come and to live into the good gift of the now.”

Priest Mix, The Truth about the Truth
“That letting go, that acceptance that I can plant and water, but only God gives growth, that is freedom for me. It allows me to be a skeptic, and a pragmatist, and occasionally a pessimist. Yes, I’m responsible for the work, but God is responsible for the result. It allows me to devote myself to the best scholarship I can, without fear of the outcome.”

From last week:
Pries Arnold. tells the story of a sheep who became a shepherd. Go read it.

(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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SR: Dancing, Stretchers, and Sheep

Link:Dancing, Stretchers, and Sheep, Easter 4 2013

Summary of what I was saying and why:
This was the second sermon I wrote. The first was was good. And then I was reading one of my favorite poets before bed one night (something I do, but not that often) and suddenly I was thinking about a different poet, a different poem, and how it was a great way of slipping into this Gospel. So I wrote the first draft at about 11:30pm, on my iPhone, sitting in bed.

Theology:Salvation
Jesus Count:Medium
Good News:Jesus saves us, always

What did I change on my feet?
I tweaked the end a bit, but not more than I often stray from what is written.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I think the introduction as I wrote it was a little better.
I only made oblique reference to the horrors of the week. That is always a pastoral judgement call. Those tragedies were addressed during the Prayers of the People.
What did work?
I still really love the interweaving of this poem and this Gospel. The Good Shepherd passage is a text we’ve heard so much. Reading it through the poem helped me hear it again.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Funston preaches on even Jesus’s challenge in praying from the middle of one of those weeks.

Priest Jones on the stories we listen to and the crowds we are a part of (which is not quite what you may be thinking, so go listen).

Priest Sinclair on the images we’ve seen and the images of Jesus.

Priest Fox on the answer to the question the crowd meant.

(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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Dancing, Stretchers, and Sheep, a sermon for Easter 4 2013

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with John 10: 22-30.

Easter 4 is Good Shepherd Sunday. Which is hard for us to hear with depth.
The poem is “A Divine Invitation” by Hafiz, from I Heard God Laughing.

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