Sermon Archive

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

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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