Sermons from St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Dem Dry Bones| The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
Blind Man Stood by the Road...| The Rev. Anne Thatcher
Blind Man Stood by the Road...
For the fourth Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Anne Thatcher's sermon on the healing of the man born blind has more to deal with our own need for healing, and to heal others. Based primarily on the Gospel reading of the day, John 9:1-41.
Quenching the thirst of God| The Rev. Barbara Ballenger
Quenching the thirst of God
For the third Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Barbara Ballenger ties together the longings of the people of Israel in the desert with the thirsts of Jesus and the Samaritan woman as they meet at the well. In what ways are we thirsty today, and what can we do to quench our own thirst, the thirst of others, and even the thirst of God?
Nicodemus| The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
When Temptation Whistles "Come Hither"| The Rev. Anne Thatcher
Roy, Erik, and Sophia| The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
Roy, Erik, and Sophia
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel gives us some modern saints from this past week to look to for guidance as we consider the Transfiguration readings for the Last Sunday after Epiphany and our entry into Lent.
Blessed Absalom, pray for us| The Rev. Barbara Ballenger
Blessed Absalom, pray for us
The Rev. Barbara Ballenger preaches on texts for the Feast of Absalom Jones, on this Sunday following his feast day of February 13. Absalom Jones was the first Black priest ordained in the Episcopal Church, but in our remembering of him, we should not dis-member him. Listen in to Rev. Ballenger's sermon to understand more.
Fast to Loosen the Bonds of Injustice!| The Rev. Anne Thatcher
Waiting| The Rev. Canon Arlette D. Benoit Joseph
The Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph offers the sermon at Evensong for the Feast of the Presentation, focusing on the Gospel from Luke 2:22-40. She talks about those things we wait for, and whether we have eyes to see them when we've been waiting a long time.
Who's Your Daddy?| The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
Go, I Will Follow You| The Rev. Barbara Ballenger
The Story of the Three P's| The Rev. Anne Thatcher
The Story of the Three P's
Peter, partiality, and peace. The Rev. Anne Thatcher talks about these three p's and our faith in her sermon, focusing on the reading from Acts, on the First Sunday after the Epiphany, The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.
Jesus is There| Will Platnick
Jesus is There
Will Platnick was our guest preacher this morning taking on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Lectionary readings include Matthew 2:13-18. Will is pictured here with his wife, the Rev. Becca Ehrlich, who also presided for the Holy Eucharist this morning.
Christmas Eve 2019| The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
Superbloom Sunday| The Rev. Barbara Ballenger
"A desert full of flowers is not a miracle. Flowers bloom in the desert every time it rains. Which is not often, to be sure, but it does happen, especially in the spring time. That's because deserts are full of seeds and bulbs and stream beds and dry ponds and, they wait. They wait for long stretches for water to bring them to root, and to bloom - to make them spectacularly what they are." - The Rev. Barbara Ballenger
The Rev. Barbara Ballenger delivers this sermon on her first Sunday as an ordained priest from the readings of the day, the third Sunday of Advent.
Here Am I| The Rev. Emily Richards
Here Am I
The Rev. Emily Richards, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Glenside, PA delivers the sermon at the Ordination to the Priesthood of the Revs. Barbara Ballenger and Laura Palmer. She focuses especially on the responses in scripture to the phrase, "Here am I," repeated only a few times in scripture, including both in Isaiah and in the words of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Readings for the day include:
Insider-ism| The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
Sermon by the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel for the Second Sunday of Advent.
Text in image:
"Paul writes a verse that I think is a good one to memorize, "Welcome each other as you were welcomed by Christ." Meaning, we were welcomed without regard to status or achievement...we were welcomed as we are...out of unconditional love. And so, our welcome needs to be the same as Christ's welcome to us... We strive to be part of someone's journey into their new beginning, just like someone was there for us on our new beginning."
Being the Church in the World| The Rev. Carol Duncan
Being the Church in the World
Sermon by The Rev. Carol Duncan on the First Sunday of Advent.
Text in image: "Today is the first Sunday of Advent it is a new beginning, a day to rededicate ourselves to fulfilling the utmost goal of our lives, living into our eternal lives until we are fully immersed in the holy. ...We must stay awake and aware that as we live our ordinary lives, we are living in God's realm, at this present moment. In ordinary life we're living in the not yet, until we enter the greater life."
The Opposite of Dismember| The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
The Opposite of Dismember
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel remembers his safety training as a lifeguard in his youth. Something that today's Gospel reading seems to counter, in the amazing way that only Jesus can. Sermon based on the Gospel reading for the Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King, Luke 23:33-43.
I See an Eternal Life in Your Future| The Rev. Barbara Ballenger
I See an Eternal Life in Your Future
The Rev. Barbara Ballenger speaks of the power of imagination, especially God's imagination, and the resulting radical hope found in God's vision for the kingdom.
Sermon for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost on the assigned readings for the day, especially the Gospel of Luke 21:5-19.
"Susan Griffin writes, "...every important social movement reconfigures the world in imagination. What was obscure comes forward, lies are revealed, memory shaken, new delineations drawn over the old maps. It is from this new way of seeing the present that hope for the future emerges." Now, if this is true of social movements, it is especially true of the Gospel. It resonates throughout the Scriptures and the religious practices and beliefs that spring from them, because these are immensely powerful acts of imagination; God's imagination and ours. And they do reconfigure the world with the resulting acts of resistance and their absurd hope."