This Week at St. Paul’s

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October 19, 2014: In Whose Image?

Sermon
The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

In Jesus’ day, more than one son of god roams the earth. Jesus has competition in Rome – the emperor. Jesus is different. He teaches us to forgive 77 times, love others, even enemies, and pray for the low-life’s of this world. You might not expect him to be a name-caller.

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October 12, 2014: Beware the Invitation Offered

Sermon
The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Prior to Kate and Prince William’s wedding I jokingly might ask someone, “Did you get an invitation to their wedding?” “Duh, No.” “Well would you like mine? I can’t go. I have to preach that weekend.” Ha, ha! Yeah, they didn’t think I was so funny either. Who in their right mind turns down a royal wedding and reception invitation? Well, that happens in one of Jesus’ whacky parables.

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October 5, 2014: One Crazy Landowner

Sermon
The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

You won’t believe this – but there are some Christians who misuse Jesus’ parables. They say things antithetical to Jesus’ life and teaching – making him sound excluding of people, not the gracious grace and inclusion of God’s heart for all people. They use this parable to say the Jews blew it, and now they, these Christians, not all though, are the new tenants. Somehow they think that means they’re going to heaven, and the others – well, go figure. Jesus does warn religious leaders they’re about to lose their place. But unlike those about to lose their place predict, Jesus merely says – God looks for those who will bear the fruit of his kingdom. Let those with ears hear. What do you think this owner would do with us?

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September 28, 2014: Yes Can Be No

Sermon
The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

How would you feel if someone burst into here, runs to the altar, turns over chalices, throws out the bread, and shouts, “God doesn’t want to hear your confession. No Absolution or Holy Communion for you today. You have perverted God’s house.” “Oh, really – just who do you think you are? And what Bishop sent you here?” Wouldn’t we be incensed? I would hope so. Notice I didn’t include dismantling the pulpit -sorry. That would really be over the top.

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September 21, 2014: Location

Sermon
The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

“Location, location, location…” Do you get it? Location is important, in purchasing a house, selecting seats for the symphony, a play, the opera, the ballet, or especially Lambeau Field. Location gives others a clue as to your status, your place in the world.

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September 14, 2014: Festival Sunday

Sermon
The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

For those of you following the past couple of weeks, you know that Matthew is heavy into forgiveness as one of Jesus’ main themes. Matthew would probably add forgiveness to Paul’s list of gifts that never end – like faith, hope and love. Forgiveness is a fount of generosity, flowing from God into our lives – and through us to one another. Forgive – “how many times,” asks Peter? As many as seven? – which I am sure he figures is excessive. Jesus responds, “No, try seventy seven” – Wow. Translated, Jesus means forgiveness has no limits. Don’t count the times – just keep forgiving. That’s how God is – life-giving, healing, and effusively forgiving.

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September 7, 2014: Family Feuds

Sermon
The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I’m an optimist, by nature. Yet I also realize some things are inevitable. Jesus says the poor will always be with us, and they are. Another thing – some churches let sinners join. I’ve seen it happen. They can make a church messy. Some are annoying people who will blame you for their problems. Yes, God’s people can disappoint us and let us down sometimes.

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August 31, 2014: So Right, and Yet So Wrong

Sermon
The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

I have admired Peter – in a strange way. He has what I lack – the gift for speaking up, giving an answer, without regard for whether he’s right or wrong – usually wrong until after Pentecost. Given all his bone-headed comments Peter finally gets one right. “But who do you say I am?” Peter steps up: “You are the Messiah, Son of God.” “Great, Peter, blessed are you. You nailed it!” Peter must be feeling right proud of himself. When we connect, knock one out of the park, the ooh’s and ah’s – a Nobel Prize winning comment for sure – well, that is Peter, the day he nails Jesus’ identity. He gets the words right, but that’s all.

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