Sermons

May 12: The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Jesus prayed for his disciples.Situated toward the endof Jesus’ lengthy farewell speechJesus prayed for his disciples.He’s been at table with them.He’s washed their feet.Jesus knows he’s going to die,and they don’t quite believe it yet.He’s admonished themto abide in him,to stay in his love,the love the Father has given him.Jesus prayed for his disciples. Knowing […]

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April 28: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Alleluia! Christ is risen!Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! “Whoever does not abide in meis thrown away like a branch and withers;such branches are gathered,thrown into the fire,and burned…”is not,despite what 19th and 20th CenturyAmerican evangelicals might have us thinkthe point of this passage.Jesus is at table with his friendswhen we drop in to John’s gospel

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April 14: The Third Sunday of Easter

(It’s on page 2 of your bulletin)Alleluia! Christ is risen!Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! On Tuesday as Brandon and I watchedlast Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonightwith John OliverI was remindedof my favorite quote from NT Wright’sSurprised by Hope.Oliver spends half an hourtalking about where the chemicalsfor lethal injections by the federal governmentand some statescome

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March 31: Easter Sunday

In the folk opera HadestownHermes —both the narrator and a character —introduces us,the audience,to Hades, Persephone, Eurydice, and Orpheus.He warns us that thissung-through show is an old song,and it’s a sad song.But!He lets us know,it’s a love song.As we’ve walked this triduum,Maundy Thursday, Good Friday,and Easter —starting with last night —we’ve reflected on God’s love

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March 30: The Great Vigil of Easter

Listen now to the Easter Sermonof St. John Chrysostomas translated for useat St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church,San Francisco. If there are devoutand God-loving people here;welcome to this beautiful,radiant feast.If there are any carefulservants of God,come and rejoice with the Lord.If anyone hereis worn out from fasting,tonight you will get your fill. If you’ve been

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March 29: Good Friday

The folk opera Hadestownbegins with Hermes —both a character and narrator —singing about the road to hellwith a railroad line.He sings,“Someone’s got to tell the taleWhether or not it turns out wellMaybe it will turn out this timeIt’s a sad song…We’re gonna sing it anyway.” After introducing us to Eurydice and Orpheus,Hades and Persephone,Hermes tells

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