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...]

Fruit of Repentance 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 3:1-12 and Isaiah 11:1-10. “I baptize you with water for repentance,” said John the Baptist, “therefore bear fruit worthy of repentance.” Fruit worthy of repentance. What do you think of when you hear that phrase fruit worthy of repentance? What happens in your heart, what goes through your mind, when you try to imagine the … [Read more...]

Keep Awake 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 24:36-44. Not long ago I had one of those nights – you know, the kind of night where it feels like you’ve been working in your sleep all night long. I woke up in the wee hours; and my mind started racing about all these things I needed to do; and I couldn’t get back to sleep, not real sleep, but I did doze after awhile; and in my … [Read more...]

The Reign of Christ

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Luke 23:33-34. Power, power, who’s got the power? I’ve been thinking about power a lot over the last couple of weeks. I’ve read in the news about an orderly transfer of power between the current president and the president-elect, and how vitally important that is to our American democracy, especially after a contentious campaign. I’ve … [Read more...]

Will we be ok?

The Rev. Shelby Ochs Owen. This sermon is based on Luke 21:5-19, 2 Thessalonians 3:13   So little John had been a very quiet baby, had been slow to talk. In fact hadn’t said a word even at age 4.  One day as he was eating the bowl of soup his mother had prepared for him, John startled his mother by saying, “Soup’s cold.” His mom then said, “Why, John, I didn’t know you … [Read more...]

The Joy of the Saints

The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on the Collect for All Saints' Day and Luke 6:20-31. Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you. Ineffable joys.  While preparing to preach on this day, for this All Saints service, I kept returning to these … [Read more...]