Sermons (Page 2)

Sermons (Page 2)

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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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…

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…