Sermons

Sermons

Watch, listen to, or read sermons from the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and get a glimpse into how we engage with the Bible, the people in our congregations, and the world we live in. Subscribe to our podcast and listen to or download audio on the go.

Sermons offer a chance for the preacher to comment on what the congregation has just heard from the Bible. Sometimes, the sermon will relate the different readings to each other; sometimes it will relate one or more of the readings to what may be going on in the lives of people in a particular congregation, and also to what’s going on in the wider world.

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No place is beyond God’s reach

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached during the online Palm Sunday worship service, April 5, 2020. ———————— Palm Sunday 2020                                             April 5 In Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday we see two dramas enacted on the same day, even during the same liturgy, all in a little over an hour. The Gospels tell us that Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem humbly riding a donkey, and he is greeted by a large crowd who has prepared his way with…

The breath of God

This is the sermon the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles of St. Stephen’s, Hurst, preached during the online worship service offered by the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020, at St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth. ————————- The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles Lent 4A March 29, 2020 St Luke’s in the Meadow Live Streamed during Covid19 It seems impossible, but Palm Sunday is only one week away. How has Holy Week drawn…

Where is God in all this?

This is the sermon the Rev. Dr. Robert Pace preached at the online worship service at Trinity, Fort Worth, on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020. It was the first worship service he has led since Ash Wednesday, for soon after that, he became ill with what he thought was the flu. On March 10, he learned that he had tested positive the the coronavirus Covid 19, and was hospitalized with pneumonia. He was finally released from  quarantine…

Jesus offers relationship

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat, rector of St.Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, preached at the Diocesan Morning Prayer service offered via Facebook Live from St. Luke’s in the Meadow on Sunday, March 22, 2020. ——————-   Lent 4A March 22, 2020 The Reverend Karen A. Calafat The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church Good Morning!  I am glad you tuned in today.  There is something powerful about being together even…

Walking to Siloam

This is the sermon the Rev. Bill Stanford, rector of St. Christopher, Fort Worth, preached Sunday, March 22, 2020. —————————— Sermon for Fourth Sunday in Lent Fr. Bill Stanford March 22, 2020 We are blind right now. Or at least visually impaired when it comes to being able to see what is in store for us. And at first sight, pardon the pun, that seems like a pretty bad thing. Perhaps a better way to put it is that ever-changing…

God keeps us

This is the sermon the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner preached at the online Morning Prayer service livestreamed via Trinity Episcopal Church’s Facebook Page, as the diocese does church differently in response to the coronavirus crisis. ——————————- The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner Trinity Episcopal Church – Fort Worth, Texas Sunday, March 15, 2020 Year A – Third Sunday of Lent – Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42 I speak to you in the name of the Living God: Holy…

God keeps us, outwardly in our bodies, inwardly in our souls

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, preached at the online Eucharist livestreamed via the diocesan Facebook Page on Sunday, March 15, 2020, as the diocese does church differently in response to the coronavirus crisis. ———————– I don’t know about you, but I like control. More specifically I like it when I feel like I have some type of control over my life – what’s going on around me, what’s happening to me, how…

Jesus loves me, this I know

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, on Sunday, February, the 6th Sunday after The Epiphany. Listen to the podcast of the sermon and/or read the text below. St Luke’s in the Meadow FW 2020     6 Epiphany – Year A      February 16 There are stories, and parables, and passages in the Bible that so express the Gospel – the Good News of God’s grace, mercy, and love – that we might…

An Epiphany People

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at St. Elisabeth and Christ the King on the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 19, 2020.  St Elisabeth/Christ the King 2020       2 Epiphany – Year A        January 19 Today is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany.  Now some high holy days on the Church calendar and some seasons of the Church Year are well-known, household words – even among the un-churched and people of other world religions. For example, everyone…

Let’s let our light shine

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at All Saints’, Fort Worth, on Sunday, January 12, 2020, the First Sunday after the Epiphany – the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ. Listen to the podcast of the sermon and/or read the text below. All Saints Fort Worth 2020         1 Epiphany – Year A           January 12 Today in the life of the Church we are celebrating the First Sunday after the Epiphany: the Baptism of our Lord.  The word…

Lives change here

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at St. Andrew’s, worshiping in the Good Shepherd Chapel at University Christian Church, on Sunday, November 24, 2019. Watch the sermon below or on YouTube. Read the text of the sermon below the video. St Andrew’s FW 2019                         Patron Saint                               November 24 On March 17, 1875, the Bishop of Northern Texas, the Rt. Rev. Alexander C Garrett established a mission church in Fort Worth.   St Andrew’s Day is typically celebrated on November…

What is a deacon?

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the ordination to the transitional diaconate of Lainie Acridge Allen, Corrie Maddon Cabes, Leslie Joan Guinn, and Mary Madeleine Hill on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. Watch the sermon below or on YouTube.  Read the text of the sermon below the video.   Sermon Ordination to Diaconate FW                                                        November 23, 2019 We are gathered here today to celebrate the ordination of Lainie Allen,  Corrie Cabes, …

Win-Lose or Win-Win?

This is the sermon Bishop Eugene Sutton preached at the 2019 Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth on November 8, 2019, in Decatur. Watch the video below or on YouTube. Read the text of the sermon, below the video.     “Win-Lose or Win-Win?” Sermon by the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland Given at the Diocese of Fort Worth Annual Convention, Decatur, Texas November 8, 2019  –  7:00 pm “His master…

Living into the image of Christ the Good Shepherd

The Celebration of a New Church Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd September 28th, 2019 Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Suzi Robertson A very good question to ask, although perhaps a bit late in the game for us, is this: why does the world need women and men of God to build churches?  We have spent a good deal of time working towards this night, and I don’t want to imply that we don’t need a new church in Granbury,…

Look to the Rock!

This is the sermon that Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry preached at the House of Bishops Opening Eucharist, on September 17, 2019. ————————– Good morning. Welcome to all bishops and spouses, who are here gathered today and thank you to the Diocese of Minnesota for hosting us. Allow me to interpret one text, actually two, which is not going to be as long as you think. To interpret the epistle and the gospel from the lens of the third text…

A chain reaction of love

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at St. Luke’s, Stephenville, on Sunday, September 8, 2019. St Luke’s Stephenville 2019             13 Pentecost – Proper 17C           September 8 Every time we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation  we say together the Baptismal Covenant,  reminding ourselves that we are called into the Body of Christ  as living members the Body – all equally needed and equally valued – and, we are called into the Body for a purpose beyond ourselves:  to proclaim…