Sermon Archive : Barbara Mraz

04/19/19 - This is Us

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THIS IS US Good Friday April 19, 2019 St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church St. Paul, Minnesota The Rev. Barbara Mraz   Gracious God, be with us as we ponder the extremes of love and violence, of compassion and revenge; on this day, that like Auschwitz, defies poetry. Help us not to lament casually… Amen. Last night, sitting in the Maundy Thursday service, a line from Margaret’s sermon attacked me. […]

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03/24/19 - The Religion of Second Chances

THE RELIGION OF SECOND CHANCES   A Sermon by The Rev. Barbara Mraz St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church March 24, 2019 Third Sunday in Lent   Luke 13:1-9   It was thirteen years ago that four women at St. John’s — two staff members and two parishioners — got sick within a two-year period, all diagnosed with breast cancer. The first died in 2014 at age 55; the second in […]

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02/24/19 - Marie Kondo and Religious Faith

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MARIE KONDO AND RELIGIOUS FAITH       A Sermon by The Rev. Barbara Mraz St.  John the Evangelist Episcopal Church St. Paul, Minnesota February 24, 2019 Luke 7:27-39 (Matthew 5:38-41)   The popular culture is defined by change and driven by economics. What we wear, what we say, the homes we live in, are all influenced by designers and companies who, each season, inundate our sensibilities with images of what we […]

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01/20/19 - Cana: Shielding the Joyous

CANA: “SHIELDING THE JOYOUS”   A Sermon by The Rev. Barbara Mraz St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church Saint Paul, Minnesota January 20, 2019   Shortly before Christmas, I realized I had made a rare but serious shopping mistake with the gift I had bought and wrapped for several good friends, a book called Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp. Nothing screams holiday joy like the […]

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12/09/18 - Attention Deficit

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  ATTENTION DEFICIT A Sermon by The Rev. Barbara Mraz St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church St. Paul, Minnesota December 9 2018 Luke 3:1-6   ADVENT 2 The Church has made a valiant effort to separate Advent from Christmas, but culturally, I think, that ship has sailed. Today “Christmas” begins after Thanksgiving and ends December 26 – or certainly after New Year’s Day when some of us pull down the […]

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