Epiphany Season Sermons (2011)

Date: March 6, 2011 Liturgical Day: Transfiguration Sunday; The Last Sunday after Epiphany Answering Jesus

transfigured on high an invitation to faith answering Jesus

Summary: Peter and James and John, on the mountain, have a glimpse of Christ's power and glory. Peter's first response (his "answer") is to offer to build memorials. With a little less spontaneity, and a little more thoughtful reflection, he may have come up with something more faithful. We all have to answer Jesus' touch in our lives. How will you? How will I?

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Date: February 27, 2011 Liturgical Day: The Eighth Sunday after Epiphany Seek Ye First

seek first the kingdom an invitation to trust and receive God’s peace

Summary: Jesus calls his followers to put their concerns about money and material well-being aside, and trust in God's promise to provide. This is not an easy instruction to follow, but it leads to a sense of joy and peace that can be obtained in no other way.

Download Sermon: 2011 Epiphany 8A

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Date: February 20, 2011 Liturgical Day: The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany What More Are You Doing?

as perfect as God impossible, yet our call our lives as witness

Summary: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus sets the bar high for those who would be his followers. We are to be more righteous than the Pharisees. We are to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. All this, in order that the witness of our faith becomes an inspiration to others. A difficult, but joyous, calling.

Download Sermon: 2011 Epiphany 7A

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Date: February 13, 2011 Liturgical Day: The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany First Be Reconciled

the heart of the church reconciled to each other peace guides our living

Summary: Every Sunday, worshippers in liturgical churches "share the peace" with one another before receiving the offering. This is more than a show of our warmth and hospitality. It is a ritual enactment of the heart of our faith: reconciliation. Jesus instructs us to tend to that first, before attempting to offer ourselves to God.

Download Sermon: 2011 Epiphany 6A

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Date: February 6, 2011 Liturgical Day: The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany The Salt of the Earth

the salt of the earth a city built on a hill faith active in love

Summary: Jesus declares that his followers will be: "salt of the earth... light of the world... a city built on a hill... a lamp on a lamp stand. We all make a difference in the world that surrounds us. What will that difference look like? Will it remind others of Christ?

Download Sermon: 2011 Epiphany 5A

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Date: January 30, 2011 Liturgical Day: The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Do Only the Strong Survive?

blest: not what it seems poor, mourning, meek, hungry, poor these are touched by God

Summary: Our world may think that strong and successful people are the most richly blessed individuals. From Jesus' point of view, those most blessed are those who struggle most, because they find their strength not in themselves, but in their God.

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Date: January 23, 2011 Liturgical Day: The Third Sunday after Epiphany Come, Fish With Me

come and fish with me tending nets; casting them out all are welcome here

Summary: Jesus meets four fishermen: two fishing, and two mending the nets. He calls them to use their gifts and abilities to fish for people instead of fish. He calls the church to mend its own nets, building faith and understanding and strength and commitment, so that its fishing, too, might be effective.

Download Sermon: 2011 Epiphany 3A

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Date: January 16, 2011 Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday after Epiphany What Are You Looking For?

what are you seeking? a question for them, and us above all, seek Christ

Summary: To those of us who are Christians and/or members of a Christian church, Jesus asks us: "What are you looking for?" Not a bad question at the start of  our year, as we consider what it means to be faithful to the Gospel.

Download Sermon: 2011 Epiphany 2A

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Date: January 9, 2011 Liturgical Day: The Baptism of Our Lord Fully Immersed

immersed in water Jesus, Beloved of God immersed in our lives

Summary: In Baptism, we are immersed in God's grace, and joined to the death and resurrection of Jesus. In his own baptism, Jesus is immersed in our humanity, and joined with us in the baptismal journey. How fortunate we are to have a God so loving and gracious!

Download Sermon: 2011 Epiphany 1

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