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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What won’t change

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer gave at the diocesan worship service for the Day of Pentecost, May 31, 2020. ——————- The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth        The Day of Pentecost        May 31, 2020 Today we celebrate one of the three primary feast days in the life of the Church: the Day of Pentecost.  In the words of our Eucharistic Prayer,  “In fulfillment of his true promise, the Holy Spirit came down on this day from heaven, lighting upon…

In a place between what was and what could be

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, preached at the diocesan online worship service for the Sunday after Ascension, May 24, 2020. —————————— Ascension 2020 The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth So….. here we are on Sunday following the Friday’s Texas Supreme Court’s finding adverse to our position as the continuing, loyal Episcopalians in this part of Texas. And lucky for me (or maybe not so lucky) I was the one scheduled to preach this…

Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan online worship service for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. —————————————– Easter 6A May 17, 2020 “Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love.” This is a line from Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony Acceptance speech.  He is the author of the Broadway hit Hamilton.  Other lines from this sonnet speech seem poignant to our current lives in a pandemic, in this season…

God dwells in all of us. All of us.

This is the sermon the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles preached at the diocesan online worship service for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020. ——————————- The Fifth Sunday in Easter May 10, 2020 COVID-19 Acts 7:55-60    John 14:1-14 Even though I’ve never done so before, this week I planned on preaching about Mother’s Day. I wanted to recognize all the exhausted moms who are emotionally, physically, spiritually drained from isolation. Drained from preparing, serving and then cleaning up three…

The widespread arms of the Shepherd

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson preached at the online worship service of the diocese for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2020. ——————————————————— Easter 4A So, last weekend I broke the bonds of Corona house arrest and escaped to south Texas to visit the farm. On this farm live two donkeys named Rosy and Suzy. Rosy and Suzy’s job is to help take care of the baby calves by protecting them from coyotes and snakes and…

Shining through

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat, rector of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, preached at the diocesan online worship service on the Third Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2020. ——————————— Easter 3A April 26, 2020 Barbara Brown Taylor, a wonderful theologian and author, reminds us Jesus gravitates toward those whose lives are split open, either by sickness or loss or disappointment. It is in the cracks of our humanity that divine, resurrected life shines brightest. On…

“Peace be with you”

This is the sermon the Rev. Dr. Jill Walters preached at the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth’s online worship service for the Second Sunday of Easter. ————————— April 19, 2020  Easter 2, Year A May the Words of my mouth and the meditations of each heart be always acceptable in your sight, O Lord our Strength and our Redeemer.  Amen Last week we celebrated the marvelous mystery of Easter.  Christ is risen!  We say our Alleluias again!  And we rejoice!…

What God has done – what God is doing

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the online Easter Day Eucharist on Sunday, April 12, 2020. ————————————— Easter Day                                                                                       April 12, 2020 This morning, along with the psalmist, we sing: “On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” On this day the Lord has acted. Early this morning, while still dark, Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb and sees that the stone has been removed. She runs to Simon Peter…

Behold this your family

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached for the online Good Friday service, April 10, 2020. ———————————————— Good Friday                                                                                            April 10, 2020 This has been a long Season of Lent.  One person observed that…

Maundy Thursday Mass on the World

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached for the online Maundy Thursday service, April 9, 2020. ———————————— Maundy Thursday            Mass on the World              April 9, 2020 The Collect for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Maundy Thursday reads as follows (and let us pray it together): “Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully, grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ…

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…