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The sermons at St. Hilda St. Patrick are preached by lay and clergy ministers alike. Text, audio, and video availability vary from week to week. Click through below to read, watch, or listen to the latest sermons.

  • September 25: The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    As Fred Craddock summarizes the core of this parable, “wherever some eat and others do not eat, there the kingdom does not exist, quote whatever Scripture you will.” That’s a hard message for me to hear not just knowing about the systems in place that lead to hunger and homelessness in King and Snohomish Counties, but also the way the United States is the wealthiest country in the world and yet there are people starving domestically globally. I’m a part of this society I’m a steward of the wealth that this nation holds and hoards, if only a fraction compared to others.
  • September 18: The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    It’s possible that Jesus is suggesting – as later church writers wholeheartedly proclaimed – that this level of wealth is just bad. The common parlance today including by the children of Patagonia’s founder is “Every billionaire is a policy mistake.” Jesus may be saying that they’re moral mistakes as well particularly with counties, towns, and countries domestically and globally not having reliable access to clean drinking water and people being lied to about having jobs waiting only to be dropped off on an island. While Jesus is challenging this issue he’s continuing to invite us to do something, like I talked about two weeks ago..
  • September 11: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    Susy Hessel is a lay preacher at St. Hilda St. Patrick and is a mental health counselor.  THEY Who are these people we call THEY? What do they look like? How do they speak? Where are they from? What do they believe? They aren’t like me. They are the OTHER. Someone from a different culture …

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  • September 4: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    Following Jesus and working for justice aren’t weekend warriorships of protests and counting arrests for civil disobedience as badges of honor. Changing policy takes networking and relationship building. Passing legislation is a slog that takes organizing and growing movements one by one. Growing into the full stature and likeness of Christ is looking at the end of the road and only seeing the Cross.
  • August 28: The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
    We can say the right prayers; we can have the right formularies; we can have the right pattern on our vestments; we can have the right amount of collaboration in worship planning; but as St. John Chyrsostom said, “If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the chalice.” These are things we all need to work on.

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