Sermons from St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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."
Blessed Loss, Blessed Gain| The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
Blessed Loss, Blessed Gain
"St. Martin is our model of gaining and loosing, on our way into a deeper walk with Christ as the one who supplies, Christ the one we depend on, Christ the one who finds us the way. Let us be blessed that the relinquishing and the adding, the gaining and the loosing, the dying and the rising: they are our story, by grace."
"At that time, and at this time, there was a fair amount of people who interpreted scripture to say if you are prosperous and wealthy, you are especially favored by God...the prosperity Gospel is this thing. I think Jesus is working against it saying, God is blessing us both in our gains and our losses, in the up and the down, in the consolation and the desolation. God is surrounding us with God's love and blessing through all the rhythms of life...God's abundance surrounds poor and rich alike. He's trying to release the rich man, the crowd of people, and the disciples from a toxic story."
Sermon for St. Martin's Feast Day on the Gospel from Luke 18:18-30.
Saints, Patriots, and the Blessed| The Rev. Laura Palmer
Saints, Patriots, and the Blessed
Who are your saints? Are they people who served on the battlefields of years past? Or those who contend with the everyday battles of poverty, grief, and illness? At our All Saints' and All Souls' Evensong, The Rev. Laura Palmer reminds us of some of St. Martin's forgotten saints, while she calls to mind some from her own life that they may help us listen for the voices of our own saints.
All Saints' Day:
On Flying Trapezes and Baptism| The Rev. Anne Thatcher
On Flying Trapezes and Baptism
What does it mean to be kadosh - set apart? How does our baptism or the life of the saints help us to understand those times in life when being set apart was not what we asked for, but is a blessing nonetheless? Here from the Rev. Thatcher in her All Saints' Sunday sermon.
All Saints' Day
Prayers for the Journey to Jerusalem| The Rev. Barbara Ballenger
Prayers for the Journey to Jerusalem
We've been on a journey to Jerusalem this summer, did you notice? The Rev. Barbara Ballenger guides us along the way and reminds us that the challenges Jesus offered his followers while he was living are still what we must contend with today.
The 20th Sunday after Pentecost
In Between| The Rev. Anne Thatcher
As humans we do not like dealing with in between. We prefer people to fit nicely into boxes that we can define and know what to expect. But our God lives and moves in those between areas. The Rev. Anne Thatcher preaches about the cleansing of the 10 Lepers on this Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
An Ancestor of Faith| The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
An Ancestor of Faith
There are those people in our lives who showed us the faith. The Eunices and Loises and Pauls to us when we are an uncertain Timothy. The people who show us what faith is, what it means to be a person of faith, how to carry on when times get rough and we get a little doubtful or ashamed. The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel tells us about a few of those people in his life. Who is that person in your life?
Sermon based on 2 Timothy, the Epistle reading for the week, found at www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pen…_RCL.html#nt1
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. Gospel: Luke 17:5-10
Increase Your Faith| The Rev. Dr. William Flippin, Jr.
Increase Your Faith
When we are faced with uncertainty, perhaps is it just a lack of imagination in the great things that God has in store. If we put our trust in Jesus, in God as Lord, we will take hold of the boost we need.
Thank you to the Rev. Dr. William Flippin, Jr. for starting off our 2019-2020 Evensong season!
Evensong Service on the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Church as Intercessor| The Rev. Anne Thatcher
Church as Intercessor
Church intercedes on behalf of God to the world and on behalf of the world to God. ...What does church as intercessor look like?...What would happen if the church abdicated its role as intercessor for the world? The Rev. Anne Thatcher explores these questions as a glimpse of the answers are revealed to us through the scriptures for this morning.
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Gospel: Luke 16:1-13
Mercy Party| The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
God, again and again, chooses mercy and invites everyone to the party. Are we also willing to put aside our own ideas of who we are and how we define ourselves to accept the invitation to God's radical mercy party?
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Gospel: Luke 15:1-10