Posts Tagged With: Thomas

Relationship more than doubt, Easter 2 2015

Robyns SermonsThomas doubts (for a moment).  Which moments matter?

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with John: 20:19-31.

 

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SR: Touch and Taste and See, Easter 2 2014

Link: Touch and Taste and See, Easter 2 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I love this story. At the second service we had an Easter Festival of Readings and Praise, so this was meant to be a brief sermon.

Theology: Eucharistic
Jesus Count: average
Good News: Taste and see that the Lord is good.

What did I change on my feet?
This was all off a fairly rough outline. So I didn’t so much change things as flesh them out.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
If I’d spent more time writing this out I think I’d have done a better set up for ‘taste and see that the Lord is good.”
What did work?
Ending with the line from the psalm, which is also used in the Eucharistic prayer. Loved that.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Baum, Easter 2
“Jesus met the cowering disciples on a Sunday morning where they were: locked in a room, and fearing to proclaim their faith to the world outside. Jesus met Thomas the unbeliever on a Sunday morning where he was: stuck in a trap of being unable to believe, and facing a life of isolation because of unbelief. And in both cases, Jesus declared peace, brought courage and faith, and prepared them to turn the world upside down through their proclamation.”

Priest Downs, Trusting Us, a simple act of faith
“This is why the faith matters. The doubt Jesus rejects is the kind that doesn’t allow us to forgive.”

Bishop Fisher, Unexcused Absence
“I would rather that we focus on the invitation of Jesus to believe, even when we mess up and when we skip out on the resurrection the first time.”

(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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Touch and Taste and See, Easter 2 2014

Robyns SermonsThomas did not go far enough…

 

 

 

 

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You can find the lessons by clicking here. I worked most closely with John 20:19-31.

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SR: Faith, Doubt, and Community

Link:Faith, Doubt, and Community

Summary of what I was saying and why:
This is always a fun text for me. The perennial question of how unquestioning faith is or should be is one worth revisiting. This year Steve Pankey wrote about what the Greek actually says and I started thinking. There are plenty of people, good faithful people who don’t always believe everything. Even what we’d like to consider the basics.
That has been preached a lot but I remembered an exercise from EfM that let a group explore the things held in common and the things we disagreed on. So I slightly modified that, explored how to introduce and tie things together, and brought my whiteboard out.

Theology: relationship
Jesus Count: low
Good News: faith is practiced in relationship

What did I change on my feet?
Anytime you introduce a lot interaction into a sermon it becomes hard to script too much. I had a pretty good sense of what I was going to say at the beginning and the end. I was fairly sure my congregation would go along with the middle. This time I was right.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
This is a hard question to answer with this kind of a sermon.
What did work?
Most of this sermon depended on there being a space where people could speak honestly–or at least honestly enough. That seemed to happen this time.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Arnold highlights the Eucharists beautifully “Through our prayers, God’s grace, the movement of the Holy Spirit, Christ is present for us to touch, to eat, to drink his life into our own.”

Bishop Fisher considers what the interim week was like for Thomas.

Priest Pankey followed his post with a great sermon, “Don’t Doubt Thomas”

Deacon Pam reminds us how important the woundedness of Jesus is.

(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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Faith, Doubt, and Community: a sermon for Easter 2 4-7-13

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked with John 20:19-31.

not belief whiteboard

Our beliefs and doubts

Thomas has not-belief. As do we all.

This is a fairly interactive sermon. I tried to make sure the mic picked up the gist but there may be parts that are tough to understand. Thank you for your patience.

Easter 2, 2013

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