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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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 redemption of tears

This is the sermon the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles preached at the diocesan worship service for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 16, 2020. ————————– Proper 15A August 16, 2020 Genesis 45:1-15 Today we continue with stories from Abraham and Sarah’s family tree. For the most part, we have read about the generations as they struggled with even the simplest of human relationships. Last week we were introduced to Joseph, the most beloved of Jacob’s 12 sons. The brothers hated Joseph;…

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,…

Untold stories cry to be heard

This is the sermon the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles preached at the diocesan worship service for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 26, 2020. ———————— Proper 12A July 26, 2020 Genesis 29:15-28 St. Luke’s in the Meadow Like many of you, our household has watched Hamilton on Disney+ many times over the past 3 weeks. As a result, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrics pop into our heads constantly. When people walk into a room in our house, “Well, if it isn’t Aaron…

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…

“Feed the sheep with justice”

This is the sermon Dr. Steven Bishop preached at the ordination of Corrie Cabes to the priesthood, June 29, 2020, at All Saints’ Fort Worth. ——————— Corrie Cabes Ordination Sermon June 29, 2020 Steven Bishop, PhD All Saints Episcopal Church Fort Worth, Texas Hello. I want to thank Corrie for inviting me to preach on this exciting occasion of her ordination to the priesthood. I bring greetings to you, Corrie, and to Bishop Meyer and the Diocese of Fort Worth…

“. . .the rich tapestry of God’s Church”

This is the sermon the Rev . Christopher Jambor preached at the ordination of Maddie Hill to the priesthood, June 29, 2020. Corrie Cabes was ordained that same day. ———————– Ordination, Maddie Hill         June 29, 2020              All Sts/FW                  Fr. Jambor Maddie… Corrie… welcome to the club! You’ve made it.  You’ve arrived.  You did it! Well done! Whoops! I’m sorry.  I confused this with your graduation from seminary…or your graduation from college… or passing the bar…or being certified as a master…

“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,…