Sermon Archive : Barbara Mraz

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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11/18/18 - Curated Abundance

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CURATED ABUNDANCE: The Irreducible Minimum A sermon by the Rev. Barbara Mraz St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church St. Paul, Minnesota November 18, 2018 I Samue1:4-20     Mark 13:1-8 Everything in my small home office has to earn its place there. On the bookshelf are only the most essential theological resources, and of course the poets – Rumi, Mary Oliver, Shakespeare.  Books I love no longer are banished to the basement or […]

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10/21/18 - “Mind Your Manners:” Humility in an Age of Arrogance

Job   38:1-7      Hebrews 5:1-1    Mark 10:35-45   I’ve never been much of of a rule-breaker.  Instead a classic nerd who usually plays it safe.  But I’ve watched stuff happen…. I’ve laughed even when I didn’t think something was funny. Way back in seventh grade, I had a classmate name Tom Mesick. Some of my girlfriends called him “Umake.” “’Umake?’  I don’t get it.” They giggled. ”Umake! Umake me sick!” “Oh, […]

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