The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick. The sermon for December 25, 2022 was preached as a response to the texts appointed for a Third Service of Christmas. As is his custom, on Christmas Day, Fr. Joseph read the Nativity Sermon of St. John Chrysostom, originally found from the Antiochian […]
The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick. The sermon for Christmas Eve was based on the manuscript below and preached as a response to Luke 2.1-20. A few weeks ago a friend of mine texted me.He was in New Orleans for a work conferenceand his partner hadn’t gone with him.He
The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick. The sermon for Sunday, December 18, 2022 was preached as a response to Matthew 1.18-26 based on the manuscript below. Joseph, an upright man who follows the law,learns that Mary, to whom he is committed,married, engaged, betrothed,but not yet consummatedis pregnant.Following the law,Joseph
We don’t see graves opening on a regular basis which Matthew implies is happening. I do, however, see people coming back to life. When they go into recovery or find peace and health after living and struggling with disordered eating, when a new med mixture helps them stay in this world and start interacting with other people again that’s the dead being raised. When the sock box is full and we haven’t put the sock in or someone who can’t make it to church brings supplies for the little free pantry that’s good news for the poor.
This year St Hilda’s-St Patrick’s will be helping six local households have a nicer Christmas. We are picking up one new family through the alternative high school – more details to come – and will also be supporting some local seniors and disabled/underemployed individuals. To participate in this outreach, please make donations to the “Food
Sam Magill is a coach and poet. He has served on the Bishop’s Committee at St. Hilda St. Patrick and has chaired the stewardship committee. This sermon was preached as a response to the texts for The Second Sunday of Advent, Year A. The sermon was based on the manuscript below. Advent has got to
December 24, The Fourth Sunday of Advent (10 AM) Sunday Eucharist for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, with Advent hymns, sermon, and Communion December 24, Christmas Eve (6 PM) Traditional Service with Carols Come celebrate the Birth of Christ in a Christian community, with carols, communion, and the Incarnation Proclamation. Pajamas for little ones are
On page 1 of her book on Advent, Rutledge says, “Advent is not simply a transitional season but in and of itself communicates a message of immense, even ultimate, importance. Of all the seasons of the church year, Advent most closely mirrors the daily lives of Christians and of the church, asks the most important ethical questions, presents the most accurate picture of the human condition, and above all, orients us to the future of the God who will come again.”
Throughout his earthly ministry Jesus has had opportunities to make shows of force and to claim and win the world around him as God’s by taking over and fighting a war. Instead he’s said “He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Jesus has said, “Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who mistreat you…Words matter.
Trade with the gifts God has given you. Bend your minds to holy learning, that you may escape the fretting moth of littleness of mind that would wear out your souls. Brace your wills to action, that they may not be the spoils of weak desires. Train your hearts and lips to song, which gives courage to the soul. Being buffeted by trials, learn to laugh. Being reproved, give thanks. Having failed, determine to succeed.