Sermons by Scott Mayer

Sermons by Scott Mayer

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…

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…

Jesus loves me, this I know

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, on Sunday, February, the 6th Sunday after The Epiphany. Listen to the podcast of the sermon and/or read the text below. St Luke’s in the Meadow FW 2020     6 Epiphany – Year A      February 16 There are stories, and parables, and passages in the Bible that so express the Gospel – the Good News of God’s grace, mercy, and love – that we might…

An Epiphany People

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at St. Elisabeth and Christ the King on the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 19, 2020.  St Elisabeth/Christ the King 2020       2 Epiphany – Year A        January 19 Today is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany.  Now some high holy days on the Church calendar and some seasons of the Church Year are well-known, household words – even among the un-churched and people of other world religions. For example, everyone…

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, …

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…

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…

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…

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.…

“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…
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