Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

“Are you God?”

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King, November 22, 2020. —————————- One cold winter’s day a 10-year-old boy was standing barefoot in front of a shoe store, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and asked him what he was doing. “I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” he said. The lady took him by the hand and went…

Following Jesus to the margins

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the diocesan worship service for All Saints’ Day, November 1, 2020. ——————— All Saints Day FW 2020 November 1 Today in the life of the Church is All Saints Day, the day we celebrate the communion of saints – the saints past, present, and future. And as we hear the readings from scripture appointed for this day, and say the prayers designated for All Saints Day, a number of images come…

The revolution of love

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, preached at the diocesan worship service for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, October 25, 2020. ———————- Sermon Proper 25A October 25, 2020 I watched a documentary a few days ago that has stayed with me.  It was visually stunning – beautiful beyond words.  Not only has it caused me to give up calamari forever, but also to consider love in a broader way.  Craig Foster,…

Show me the coin

This is the sermon the Rev. Canon Linda S. Taylor preached at the diocesan worship service for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 18, 2020. ———————– 20 Pentecost – October 18, 2020 Proper 24A:  Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 99, I Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 We’ve just heard a story about Jesus and the Pharisees. It’s one of many stories of their encounters that are told in the Gospels according to Matthew and to Luke. It’s a good story with a snappy…

Find a river

This is the sermon the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner preached at the worship service for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Fourth Sunday of the Creation Series, at 10 am on Sunday, September 27, 2020. ——————- The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth Creation Season – Year 1, Sunday 4 – River Sunday I speak to you in the name of the living God – holy Trinity, ever one. Amen. As Summer unfolds into Fall, we are wrapping…

Wilderness, a place of encounter

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, preached at the diocesan worship service on the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Third Sunday of the Creation Series, on September 20, 2020. ————————- Creation 3:3 – Wilderness September 20, 2020 Today is Wilderness Sunday.  I drew the lucky straw in getting to preach on Wilderness for our Creation Series where we set aside the four Sundays in September to examine various aspects of the…

“Us and our kin in creation”

This is the sermon the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles preached on the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the second Sunday in the Creation series, on September 13, 2020. ————————– The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles Creation Season 2020 September 13, 2020 The parting of the Red Sea is a miracle performed by God through the prophet Moses. I imagine it to be both awe-inspiring and terrifying. After the Passover which spares the Israelites’ firstborn children but kills those of the Egyptians, the…

In community with Creation

This is the sermon the Rev. Canon Linda Taylor preached at the diocesan worship service on the First Creation Sunday, September 6, 2020. ————————- The Rev. Canon Linda S. Taylor Creation Season 1: Forest Sunday 14 Pentecost – September 6, 2020 Genesis 2:4b-22; Psalm 139:13-16; Acts 17:22-28; Matthew 18:15-20   Welcome to the garden! You’ll hear all kinds of life around us including motorcycles and cars and even lawn blowers perhaps. We’re here in the garden because today and for…

What burning bush is calling you aside?

This is the sermon the Rev.Canon Janet Waggoner preached at the diocesan worship service for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 30, 2020. ——————————– The Rev. Canon Janet C. Waggoner Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth  Worship Service Sunday, August 30, 2020 Year A – Pentecost XIII – Proper 17 – Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6,23-26,45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 I speak to you in the name of the Living God: Holy Trinity, ever One. Amen. Good morning, dear people of God…

Who do you say Jesus is?

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth; and the Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington, gave in the form of a fireside chat for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost on August 23, 2020. —————— The 12th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16A, August 23rd, 2020 Webcast Conversation between the Rev’s. Karen Calafat and Kevin Johnson  Kevin Johnson: Well, good morning. Thank you all for being here this morning. COVID is…

The presence of the holy

This is the sermon preached by the Rev. Canon Linda Taylor at the diocesan worship service for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 9, 2020. ———————– 10 Pentecost – August 9, 2020 Proper 14:  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6,16-22,45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 There they are. This has been a long day. There was feeding all those 5,000 people—plus the women and children—there was tidying up afterward, picking up all the leftovers—and people back then were probably no tidier at…

The other way

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 2, 2020. ————————— Proper 13A August 2, 2020 Alexander had a bad day, as a matter of fact, he had a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”  From the moment he awakened to find last night’s bubble gum stuck in his hair, to lunch at school where his mom forgot to put a dessert in his lunch box,…

An untidy God

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington preached at the diocesan worship service on the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 19, 2020. ———————– Pentecost+7, Proper 11A, 2020 Some summers back I received the gift of backpacking el Camino de Santiago. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage trail that runs from France across northern Spain ending up in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where tradition has it that the remains of St. James are…

Sower of hope

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 12, 2020. ———————– Proper 10A July 12, 2020 A mother read her little boy stories from the Bible every night at bedtime.  As he got older, he began to recognize the stories, but rather than being tired of them, he said, “We have heard this one before.  Let’s see what we can hear new in it this time.” Today’s…

“the everydayness of moral acts.”

This is the sermon given by the Rev. Dr. Jill Walters, chaplain at All Saints’ School, at the Service of Lessons and Hymns for Independence Day, July 5, 2020. ———————— July 5, 2020, 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A Matthew 5:43-48 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children…

What is that thing. . .?

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson preached at the diocesan worship service for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost on June 28, 2020. ——————– Proper 8 yr A 2020 EDFW A reward! I like a reward. I bet you like a reward, too. A gold star, an ice cream treat, a little cash bonus. Who doesn’t like a reward….. I mean everybody likes a little reward. So, what of these rewards Jesus mentions in today’s gospel lesson? Today’s lesson,…
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