Sermon Reflections

Sermon Reflections

Reading the Bible

Amy’s sermon emphasized the responsibility of each of us to read the Bible. Episcopalians read the Bible in community with one another, with the community of saints in the Church who have read, prayed, studied, reflected, disagreed, and agreed for more than two thousand years, and in light of humanity’s God-given reason. Scripture, tradition, and reason – the bedrock of faith (and there is even more information about what the Episcopal Church believes about the Bible). Each of us must…

Sabbath For All

Two of our Scripture readings today focus on the Sabbath. In Deuteronomy 5:12-15, God commands God’s people to “observe the sabbath day and keep it holy.” In Mark 2:23-3:6, Jesus stirs controversy among the religious authorities on two separate occasions because of his actions on the Sabbath. Is Jesus following God’s command to keep the Sabbath when he feeds the hungry and heals the suffering? In what ways? Reading these texts alongside each other helps us to reflect on our…

Divine Integration

In my sermon last Sunday, I spoke about how something about the Holy Trinity’s divine distinct yet fully integrated identities felt almost relatable. Almost, because while I strive to decompartmentalize my life, I’m human, and you heard (or you can hear now!) the stories about how I move about the world differently depending on what I’m doing. In closing, I hypothesized that the more we, as humans, can live into this way in which we could be made in the image of God and…

Breathe on us breath of God

Our scriptures for Sunday – the day of Pentecost – all shed light on who and how the Holy Spirit works. We learned in Kristofer’s sermon about various challenges in translation – from Greek and Hebrew to English – and how these words can us better understand the work of the Spirit in our lives today. How do you know when the Holy Spirit is at work in your life? What does that look like? What does that feel like?…