Sermon Archive

VIDEO of Easter Sermon, April 17, 2022, The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth

Robert Fruehwirth+: September 12, 2021; How Jesus Renews our Hearts

Robert Fruehwirth+: September 5, 2021

Robert Fruehwirth+: June 27, 2021

Lisa Frost-Phillips+: June 13, 2021

Robert Fruehwirth+: June 6, 2021

Robert Fruehwirth+: May 30, 2021, Trinity Sunday

Julianna Hopper: Youth Service, May 9, 2021

Lisa Frost-Phillips+: April 25, 2021; Good Shepherd Sunday

Carl Edwards+: April 11, 2021; Easter II

Robert Fruehwirth+: April 4, 2021: Easter Day

Lisa Frost-Phillips+: April 2, 2021: Good Friday

Robert Fruehwirth+: March 28, 2021: Palm Sunday

He saved others, he cannot save himself

Lisa Frost-Phillips+: March 21, 2021: Lent Five

Robert Fruehwirth+: March 14, 2021; Lent Four

David Nichols: March 7, 2021; Lent Three

Robert Fruehwirth+: February 28, 2021; Lent Two; The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes.

Robert Fruehwirth+: February 21, 2021; Lent One

Lisa Frost-Phillips+: February 14, 2021: Last Sunday after Epiphany

The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple: February 7. 2021; Epiphany 5

Amy Peterson: January 31, 2021

Robert Fruehwirth+: January 24, 2021

Lisa Frost-Phillips+: January 17, 2021

Robert Fruehwirth+: January 10, 2021

David Nichols: January 3, 2021; Christmas Two

Lisa Frost-Phillips+: December 20, 2020 Advent Four: How Can This Be?; Let it Be

Robert Fruehwirth+: December 13, 2020 Advent Three: Among You Stands One Whom You Do Not Know

Amy Peterson: December 6, 2020 Advent Two: Comfort, comfort my people

Peregrine Kavros+: November 29, 2020, Advent One

Robert Fruehwirth+: November 22, 2020: Christ the King Sunday

Lisa Frost-Phillips+: November 15, 2020; The Parable of the Talent

David Nichols: November 8, 2020: Wisdom is Radiant and Unfading

The Rev. Lisa Frost-Phillips: November 2, 2020; All Saints’ Homily

The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth: November 1, 2020; All Saints’ Day

The Rev. Lisa Frost-Phillips, October 25, 2020

Bruce Lawrence, Priest Associate, October 18, 2020: Taxes are Annual but Devotions are Daily

Amy Peterson, Duke Divinity School Intern, October 4, 2020: The Heavens Declare the glory of God

The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth, September 27, 2020: Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus

The Rev. Lisa Frost-Phillips, September 20, 2020: St. Matthew’s Day

The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth, September 13, 2020: God’s Love Drives Out Fear

The Rev. Jean Parker Vail: September 6, 2020

The Rev. Lisa Frost-Phillips, August 30, 2020: Human Frailty and God’s Love

Human Frailty and God’s Love.

My frailty.  Your frailty.  Our frailty. 

And God’s love.  For me, for you, for us. For the world.

That’s what today’s sermon is about.

The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth, August 23, 2020: Be you transformed by the renewing of your minds

The Rev. Carl Edwards, August 16, 2020: The Faith and Witness of Blessed Jonathan Daniels

The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth, August 9, 2020: Walking on Water

David Nichols, Duke Divinity School intern, August 2, 2020: And you, that have no money, come, buy and eat!

The Rev. Lisa Frost-Phillips, Sunday, July 26, 2020 What’s Hidden in Plain Sight

The Robert Fruehwirth, July 19, 2020: Wheat and Tares

Amy Peterson, Duke Divinity School Intern, July 12, 2020: The Sower and the Seed

The Rev. Liz Dowling-Sendor, July 28, 2020: The Sacrifice of Isaac

The sacrifice of Isaac, or more precisely the near-sacrifice of Isaac, is one of the most troubling and terrifying stories in the Bible. And it follows the deeply troubling story we heard last week about Hagar and Ishmael being abandoned to the desert. It’s almost as if the people who chose our lectionary readings decades ago knew that this summer of 2020, when our three-year cycle of readings returns once again to Year A, they somehow knew we would be needing to hear some especially troubling stories right now. That we would be needing to hear stories that could maybe help us grapple with our present-day troubles.

The Rev. Lisa Frost-Phillips, June 21, 2020: This sermon is for Hagar, who lifted up her voice to God.  And was heard.

Over the past month, I’ve sat in on two Justice United zoom calls set up to bring together tenants of trailer parks in Orange County and their owners.  All so that tenants could share their concerns and to ask for concrete changes.    My role – and that of the other Justice United members who showed up- some of you out there now- was to show up and to listen, to be a visible sign of support and solidarity with the tenants.

The Rev. Liz Dowling-Sendor, May 17, 2020 “love being with us”

It’s good to see you all during this pandemic, week after week, Sunday after Sunday, as we pray and worship on Zoom, as we talk about our lives, as we shoulder the burdens and stresses of this time, as we dig into Scripture and books for deeper wisdom and discernment. We’ve had to adjust to a new world. A world of uncertainty. What will happen to us, to our loved ones, to the poor and vulnerable in our society? To those who have lost their jobs, or who have to work in unsafe conditions? Or to those oppressed by our society’s cruel patterns of racial injustice?

The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth, Easter Day, April 12, 2020: Grief Interrupted

Mary Magdalene and a woman we known only as ‘the other Mary’ went to the tomb. It was dawn. It was the first day of the week.
In grief, human beings are as instinctive as animals. We go to the tomb to go to the tomb.
There is no reason, except that we must. In grief without end, darkness on all sides, we go to lie down next to the rock of loss, cold and hard, so the wailing can at last shake through us, so that we can feel what we feel.

The Reverend Dr. Bruce B Lawrence, Priest Associate, April 19, 2020: Reflections on Doubting Thomas and Our Own Doubts

It would  be so much easier to preach on Peter’s message from 1 Peter than Thomas’ message from the end of  the Gospel of John.

Peter, in our next to last reading for today, exults:

Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (Peter 1:9)

 The outcome of our faith, the salvation of our souls – that is what we all seek, and that too is the promise of Easter, but then there is the stuttering, and stumbling, of Thomas that asks us to pause and consider.

The Reverend Dr Bruce B Lawrence, Priest Associate, March 15, 2020: Gratitude for Grace

We are slinking our way through Lent. Lent 3 is now upon us. We began Lent with Ash Wednesday on 26 February and this is now our third Sunday since Ash Wednesday. Next week on Thursday we reach the halfway mark to Maundy Thursday, the official end of Lent, still almost 4 weeks away, arriving on 9 April this year.

And so this is a good moment to pause and to reflect on what we might call “gratitude for grace”.

The Rev. Dr. Peregrine Kavros, Priest Associate, January 19, 2020: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42

Last weekend, I was at an Intensive training on Relationship Building.* Couples were asked to sit across from one another, no more than 18” apart, look into each other’s eyes, hold hands, still themselves internally, and work on creating a bridge in the space between them.

This concept is based upon the writings of Martin Buber who regards the relational space between “I and thou” as sacred. It is therefore the couple’s mission to maintain this space, to maintain the connection, and to keep it pure and undefiled. When each partner was invited to cross over the bridge it was to truly be with their partner, in that place, and experience whatever the partner was sharing from their perspective.

We can bring that sense of mission to all of our relationships.

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