Tastes of the Divine

The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on John 4:5-42.  Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well.  A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." I am always comforted by the stories in the gospels that reveal the humanity of Jesus.  Here he is: tired, thirsty, sitting down to rest and engaging in what turns out to be one of the … [Read more...]

New Birth of Love

Maggie Nancarrow. This sermon is based on John 3:1-17. In the name of the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit—Mother of us all. Amen. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 is perhaps the most famous verse of Christian scripture. How many of you had to memorize this in … [Read more...]

Remembering Mission

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 4:1-11. After he was baptized in the Jordan by John, Jesus was driven by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the Devil. And the Devil came to Jesus and said, “If you are the Son of God…” I think in some ways that one clause, that one word “If,” is the core of the temptations, the most insidious temptation of all. Each … [Read more...]

Returning to Dust

Sermon from Ash Wednesday 2017 The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.  Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. A couple of weeks ago I listened online to an unusual sermon. It was unusual because it was preached by the journalist David Brooks. … [Read more...]

Get Up And Do Not Be Afraid

The Rev. Canon Connor Gwin. This sermon is based on Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9.  Peter and James and John saw Jesus transfigured on the mountaintop. But then they had to go back to the valley, back into life and mission, back to take up their cross. How does Jesus come to us, speak to us, touch us and tell us not to be afraid as we follow his mission in our world? … [Read more...]

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...]