Sermons on seasonal-message

Sermons on seasonal-message

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…