Choosing Love

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 5:38-48. The night we got back from Honduras, I had a dream. I dreamed I was preaching a sermon to an Anglo congregation – including some of you, actually – but in a Honduran church. Well, not exactly a church: in the dream it was sort of a three-way combination of the church of Espiritu Santo, the patio of one of our favorite … [Read more...]

The Gift of Reconciliation

The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on Matthew 5:21-37. When you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Several weeks ago when I was leading our Trinity College book group, a … [Read more...]

Twin Motions of Mission 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Isaiah 58:1-9a, [9b-12]. Many years ago I was having a conversation – okay, an argument – with someone who was railing against the hypocrisy of confession. “Do you mean,” he said, “I can commit all kinds of sins, do terrible things, then walk into a little room with a priest, and say a few ‘Hail Marys’ and a couple ‘Our Fathers,’ and have … [Read more...]

Born on Third Base

The Rev. John Lane. This sermon is based on Micah 6:8 & Matthew 5:5.  He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. A man was given a medal for humility, and proudly wore it everywhere. Prospero Mesa was Dean of the … [Read more...]

Fish for People 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 4:12-23.  “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” That is how Jesus calls his first disciples in our Gospel story today. And that simple call, that one simple sentence, speaks volumes about the meaning and the means of discipleship. In the first place, it says that Jesus calls disciples where they are. And the story … [Read more...]

A Way of Being

The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on John 1:29-42.  When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." A simple question and a simple answer. Or so it seems. "What are you looking for?" asks Jesus. "Come and see." He … [Read more...]

Anointed with the Holy Spirit 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 3:13-17, Acts 10:34-43, and Isaiah 42:1-9. What does baptism mean to you? What difference does it make for you to be a baptized person? Most of us in this room have been baptized. Some of us were baptized as children, infants, when we had no idea what was going on and no say in the matter. It’s just something a long time ago that … [Read more...]

Wondrous and Ordinary

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Luke 2:15-21. One week ago today, on Christmas Day, in the afternoon, I went into my living room, and sat down on the couch, and did nothing. Lee and I had been up late the night before, of  course, keeping Christmas Eve services. And they were glorious. At the 5 o’clock service there were so many kids who came up front to hear the … [Read more...]

A Mansion Prepared

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 1:18-25. In our collect this morning, we pray that God will “purify our consciences” with God’s “daily visitation,” so that Jesus “may find in us a mansion prepared for himself.” We pray that Jesus may come to dwell in us, that the Spirit of Christ may be embodied in us, in all the things that make our lives alive. And our Gospel … [Read more...]

Are We to Wait for Another? 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 11:2-11 and Isaiah 35:1-10. “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Some of you know that I like gadgets. One of hobbies is to keep trying out new combinations, new ways of doing things: a new computer, a new tablet, a new smartphone; new keyboard, new app, new accessories; always looking for the perfect … [Read more...]