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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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,…

Deeply loved by the shepherd

This is the sermon the Rev. Dr. Suzi Robertson preached at the ordination of the Rev. Leslie Guinn to the priesthood on June 18, 2020. ——————– Suzi Robertson The Ordination of the Rev. Leslie Guinn to the Sacred Order of Priests June 18, 2020 In the name of the one God, the Holy and Undivided Trinity.  Amen. So, Leslie, here we are in the middle of a global pandemic where hundreds of thousands are dying, where millions are unemployed, where…

Be a helper

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service on the Second Sunday after Pentecost, July 14, 2020. —————– Proper 6A June 14, 2020 Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood gave his mother a lot of credit for inspiring his compassionate work.  He said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are…

“Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, YALLA!”

This is ther sermon the Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge preached at the ordination of Paula Jefferson to the diaconate on June 11, 2020. ——————- Homily for the Ordination of Paula Jefferson June 11, 2020 Feast of St. Barnabas “The kingdom of heaven has come near, cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.” I’m here at the Seminary of the Southwest very happy to be preaching today, connected with you all by technology, across the…

What does God want from us?

This is the sermon the Rev. Dr. Elaine A. Heath of Duke Divinity School preached at the ordination of Lainie Allen to the priesthood on June 11, 2020. ——————— Hello, everyone, and especially Lainie. Greetings, loving, celebratory greetings. This is a momentous day for you to be ordained to the priesthood. You have persevered over the years in answering God’s call discerning the pathway. You really have walked a pilgrimage. I’m thinking about pilgrimage today as I think of what…

Looking back in order to move forward

This is the sermon the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles preached at the diocesan worship service on Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020. —————- The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles Trinity Sunday, St Luke’s in the Meadow June 7, 2020 Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday, and as your preacher, I’m called to explain that our one God is also a triune God, expressed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Theological writer Tertullian first used the word “Trinity” in the early 3rd century. Certainly,…

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…