Sermons (Page 34)

November 22: The Reign of Christ

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

Today we need to hunker down, draw the curtains, bolt the doors, and pull up a pew. We must talk quietly among ourselves. Don’t let this get out, but today the church celebrates the Reign of Christ in all creation. If people out there catch wind we’re in here talking like this, they’ll wonder if we have stopped taking our medications, or maybe need to start. “Your Christ reigns? Yeah, right. So where is this reign? Your talk is crazy. Have you checked the world lately? Doesn’t look like he’s done such a hot job.”

November 15: God in the End

Sermon
The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Certain Christians believe God has called them to a specialized ministry. That ministry is to watch diligently for signs that the end of time is coming soon. With that, Jesus comes back, and they are certain that this time he’s going to be mad. So repent while there’s still time. They also believe God calls them to wealth – off the books and fictional stories they write, and the DVD’s they make. They prey on those who really believe them and the sky is falling – those who fear the dark. Mark 13, from which we read today, is on their top ten list to support their theories.

October 25: A God Who Restores

Sermon
The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

I bring you good news today. I have discovered the key to wealth and fortune, and the great news – I am willing to share the key with you. Here it is: Grovel before God, and then pray for your friends. Look what happens for Job. Life and friends have beaten him down. He’s frustrated, mad, and demands God come and explain why. God comes, but instead of answers, God bombards him with questions Job can’t answer. Overwhelmed by God’s power and majesty, Job rakes up a pile of dust and ashes, dives into them and grovels. I guess God’s impressed. 

October 18, 2009: And Now, A Word From the Lord

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

Do we really understand what we are doing when we gather here and bat words back and forth: “The Lord be with you,” I say. And you respond: “And also with you.” Do we think about what we ask – who it is we invite to come among us when we’re in here – as if the Almighty awaits our invitation?

We chatter about God’s ways as if we have some great wisdom and experience. Speeches end in: “God bless America;” and we all feel warm and safe wrapped in God. I wonder if we are doing that God would want to bless – and what would God want us to change? Ever hear prayers for God to grant a football team a win? I’ve tried it – and my team still loses. Might God have bigger concerns? We pray for heaven’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. Do you really want that? What would be different for us? Would we share more so others could enjoy more heaven here? We pray to a God who sends a Savior telling us to forgive enemies. Is that really practical? We could get shot and overrun while we take time to forgive enemies.

October 11: Anna’s Sermon

Sermon
The Rev. Anna Doherty, Assisting Priest
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

It never ceases to amaze me how sometimes the lectionary, just magically seems to fit the season of the year. How else can you explain why, as we prepare to kickoff stewardship season in a few weeks, we hear from Jesus about the proverbial “camel and the eye of a needle”? A text that deals so directly with the issue of personal wealth and giving seems perfect for stewardship season.

September 20, 2009: An Adult-Proof Kingdom

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

Have you been to a childproofed home recently? It’s interesting the lengths parents go to – and the unsuspected dangers lurking below knee-level. Childproofing keeps crawlers out of cabinets, tiny fingers out of electrical outlets, and kids generally from mischief and danger. Ever had a problem opening a childproofed bottle? I thought they were to keep kids out, not adults. I guess God gave us pliers for pill bottle caps like these.

Today, Jesus invites you to an “adult-proof” kingdom. Entrance requirements reduce our size – and the way in is unexpected, startling, and gruesome for those who follow Jesus. Admittedly, we’re not actually staring a cross in the face, like the disciples are. But we will suffer for choosing a way that doesn’t exactly add up or make sense.