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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Let’s let our light shine

This is the sermond 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…

What is life calling me to do?

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at Trinity, Fort Worth, on June 30, 2019. ————————————— Trinity Fort Worth 2019                    3 Pentecost – Proper 8C                   June 30 The New York Times columnist, David Brooks, has written a book which includes a look at an understanding of being called.   The book is entitled, “The Road to Character.”   I commend it to you.   He opens the book with this paragraph: “Recently I’ve been thinking about the difference between ‘resume’ virtues and…

The wideness of God’s love

This is the sermon preached by Bishop Scott Mayer at St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, on Sunday, May 19, 2019. ———————- St Alban’s 2019                               5 Easter – Year C                               May 19 The most recent meeting of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church was held in Austin, Texas, this past summer. Several of us from the Diocese of Fort Worth spent nearly two weeks at convention. The theme for convention was “The Jesus Movement:  Loving, Liberating, and Life-giving.”  (Our Fort Worth…

Married to amazement

Bishop Scott Mayer visited St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, on Sunday, April 7. He preached this sermon. Listen to the podcast or read the text below.   St Martin’s, Keller 2019          5 Lent – Year C                April 7 Maybe you’ve heard the story about a Greyhound who retired from dog-racing during his prime. If you’ve ever been to a dog-track, you know that it’s true that Greyhounds race against each other. But, in reality they are chasing something. At the end of…

We are beloved children of God

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at St. Stephen’s, Hurst, on Sunday, February 24, 2019.  Listen to the podcast or read the text below.   St Stephen’s Hurst 2019          7 Epiphany – Year C           February 24 It’s an exciting time in the life of St Stephen’s, and I believe it’s an exciting time – even a transformative time – in The Episcopal Church, especially as we are being led by our now famous Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. It’s…

Remembering Jonathan Daniels

This is the sermon preached by Corrie Cabes, a postulant for Holy Orders in the diocese, at the Jonathan Daniels Evensong Service at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. The sermon was based on a conversation she had with the Rev. Judy Upham, a friend and colleague of Daniels, and a priest resident in the diocese. ————————– A Conversation with The Rev. Judy Upham (Sunday, January 12, 2019 at St. Martin-in-Fields Episcopal Church) Sermon for Jonathan Daniels Evensong Service…

How grand it will be

This is the sermon preached by the Rev. David Krause at the installation of the Rev. Bradley C. Dyche as rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Stephenville, on Tuesday, January 29,  2019.

The way of love

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, on January 13, 2019.     All Saints Fort Worth 2019                       1 Epiphany                            January 13 Now, as always – when we celebrate baptism or confirmation – we will say together the Baptismal Covenant, reminding ourselves that we are called into the Body of Christ  for a purpose beyond ourselves: to proclaim and…

Arise, shine, for your light has come

This is the sermon the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner preached at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2018. Epiphany – Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 I speak to you in the name of the Living God – Holy Trinity, ever One. Amen. “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” As you sit here today, in the midst of the…

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)
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