Sermons (Page 36)

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

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

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

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.