Covenant

  The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Genesis 9:8-17.  Suppose someone came to you, someone you knew to be very powerful, very influential, someone really able to make things happen, someone several steps above your paygrade, as it were – suppose such a person came to you and said, "I need your help. We are in a mess here, we're caught up in a terrible situation. I want … [Read more...]

Youth Sunday Sermon

Youth Sunday Speaker: Harriet Tankard     … [Read more...]

By All Means Save Some 

The Rev Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 9:16-23.   “I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.”  I love that line from our Epistle reading today. Even though it is probably one of the most misunderstood and misquoted lines in all of Paul’s epistles, I still love it.   Usually, if someone uses that line today, they mean it as an … [Read more...]

Authority

The Rev. John Lane. This sermon is based on Mark 1:21-22. They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Who was once called “the most trusted man in America?” Walter Cronkite. His catchphrase was “That’s the way it is,” and we believed him. … [Read more...]

Bishop’s Convention Sermon

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Repent and Believe and Follow Me

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Mark 1:14-20. Jesus came to Galilee, saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” "The time is fulfilled," Jesus says: not just ordinary time, but God's time: the time of creative transformation, the time of new possibilities, the moment of becoming that is filled to … [Read more...]

Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening

The Rev. Anne Grizzle Epiphany – we are in the season of Epiphany.  Have you ever had an Epiphany?  An Aha, awakening, light showing, God appearing moment?  The little boy Samuel in our Old Testament lesson had one, while he was trying to get some sleep in the temple.  Nathaniel, the Galilean man without guile, had an Epiphany when a stranger spoke to him in a way that … [Read more...]

Baptized Within and Without 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Mark 1:4-15.   "Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan."   The Baptism of Jesus is one of the few events of Jesus' life that is narrated in all four Gospels; and, perhaps not surprisingly, each Gospel tells the story in a slightly different way.   Matthew says that at first John doesn't want to … [Read more...]

What A Week 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow   This has been quite a week. And I'm not talking about the social calendar, or the political news cycle, or the end-of-year perspectives already showing up in the media, or even the run-up to New Year's Eve tonight. I'm talking about the church calendar. In our liturgical cycle, the days after Christmas are kind of wild. They take us on an emotional and spiritual … [Read more...]

God’s Story and Our Stories  

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Luke 1:26-38.  The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a young woman who was about to be married, and the young woman’s name was Mary. And when Mary heard the message Gabriel brought to her, her life was turned upside down, and nothing was ever quite the same again.   “You will have a son,” Gabriel said, “and … [Read more...]