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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Jesus’ Mission Statement

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the 70th anniversary of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, on October 21, 2018. St Luke’s in the Meadow         Seventy Years             October 21, 2018 This morning’s readings from Scripture are the appointed readings for the Feast Day of your Patron Saint, Saint Luke, transferred from October 18th.  The early church theologians ascribe to Luke the authorship of the Gospel according to Luke, as well as the Acts of the Apostles.…

2018 Convention Sermon

The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Dean of Seminary of the Southwest, preached this sermon on Friday, November 9, at the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Where is your heart hard?

The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner preached this sermon at St. Mary’s, Hillsboro, on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Watch the sermon below or on YouTube. Read the sermon below. Where is your heart hard? The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner Sunday, October 7, 2018 St. Mary’s Episcopal Church – Hillsboro, Texas Pentecost XX Proper 22 – Job 1:1, 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16 I speak to you in the name of the Living God – Father, Son, and Holy…

If you’re happy and you know it

The Consecration and Ordination of Carlye J. Hughes as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Newark Sermon by the Reverend Brenda G. Husson, Rector, St. James’ Church, New York, NY Ruth 1:1-18 1 Timothy 3:1-7 John 20:19-23 I think we need to begin with a song I expect all of us know.  “If you’re happy and you know it… [and the congregation claps—loudly].  Yes, that is how it goes, but we are in the house of the Lord today…

“Who do you say that I am?”

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Decatur on September 15, 2018. The Gospel is from Mark, and this passage is often called Peter’s Confession. Jesus asks, “Who do people say that I am?” Bishop Mayer suggests that the “you” in that question makes it highly personal. But he also suggests that another important word is “who,” Jesus does not ask what do you say that I am, rather he asks,…

God’s love is the answer

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, on Sunday, May 20, 2018. He was preaching in the wake of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s highly acclaimed sermon the day before at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel. Curry preached about the power of love, and Bishop Mayer picked up on that theme in his sermon. God’s love is the answer Trinity FW 2018 – 1           Day of Pentecost              May 20, 2018…

Royal Wedding sermon: “There’s power in love”

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is garnering rave reviews for the power and impact of his love-centered message. The text of the sermon As soon as Curry had finished his sermon Kensington Palace released the transcript of the text. As will surprise no one who had heard Curry preach, it differs in places from the sermon as delivered. ——— And now in the name of our loving liberating and life giving God,…

Listen for the music

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, on Sunday, April 29, 2018. St Martin in the Fields, Keller 2018        5 Easter – Year B        April 29 The celebration of Confirmation tends to be a day on which we celebrate what is good, and true, and beautiful about our tradition. So, if you’re a visitor you may need to endure that – fair warning.  Henri Nouwen says that a celebration is more than a party. To…

We are ministers, not messiahs

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the 2018 Chrism Mass on March 20 at St. Luke in the Meadow, Fort Worth. Fort Worth Chrism Mass 2018                                March 20 Today in the life of the Church we commemorate St Cuthbert, an impressive figure who lived and served in the 7th century – a period of history occasioned by plague, war, and schism. Included in today’s bulletin is a small article about Cuthbert, written by the retired Canon to…

The power of God’s mercy

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at St. Christopher, Fort Worth, on March 18, 2018. Listen to a podcast of the sermon. Read the sermon. St Christopher’s FW 2018           5 Lent – Year B             March 18 Every time we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation – as we do this morning – everyone gathered says together the Baptismal Covenant, reminding ourselves that we are called into the Body of Christ as living members of the Body, and that we…

Love is a good place to start

Bishop Scott Mayer invites us into Lent, which began with Ash Wednesday falling on St. Valentine’s Day. Watch the bishop’s message as a video. Read the bishop’s message: Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day this year, and Easter is on April Fool’s Day. No, God is not messing with us – it’s just an accident of the calendar. But having Ash Wednesday share a date with St. Valentine does offer a place to start in reflecting on Lent. Love is…

From transfiguration to crucifixion

This is Bishop Scott Mayer’s sermon at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, on the Last Sunday After the Epiphany, February 11, 2018. Read the sermon: All Saints Fort Worth 2018            Last Epiphany – Year B          February 11 Today is one of the pivotal days in the Church Year. This is the last Sunday after the Epiphany, and the first Sunday before Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent). So it’s a day when the hinge swings from the Epiphany to…

Ordination of Ayo Omoniyi

By the Rev. Henry Penner Welcome this evening to all clergy present, and especially to Bishop Mayer. Welcome to all of this congregation who are here to support Ayo in this journey of ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons in the Episcopal Church. Welcome and special thanks to Ayo’s wife, Tope,  and his entire family who have supported him in his second calling — to Holy Orders. Your willingness to support him in that struggle to discern his place…

Epiphany III

The Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls – Wichita Falls, Texas Year C – Epiphany III Readings: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 I speak to you in the name of the Living God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen. We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord And we pray that our unity may one day be restored And…

Invitation to a Holy Lent

As Ash Wednesday approaches, Bishop Scott Mayer invites us into a holy Lent.  Lent is the liturgical season that begins with Ash Wednesday and continues for approximately 40 days before culminating in Easter Sunday. On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians and other Christians join in the ancient ritual of having a cross of ash put on our foreheads as a reminder of our mortality. There are many ways to observe Lent, several of which are mentioned in the Prayer Book liturgy for…