Sermon Archive : Barbara Mraz

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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09/23/18 - The Apple

She looked over her shoulder at me and waved as she took her first steps onto the big, orange school bus, along with her best friend Jane. Five years old, wearing new shoes of course and a green plaid dress I’d made for her and a big orange sign around her neck with her name and kindergarten teacher’s room number. My heart was in my throat as I understood that […]

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07/29/18 - “Fragments” by the Rev. Barbara Mraz

The song you just heard used to be one my favorites and has been covered by almost every performer on the planet.  Written by the poet and songwriter the late Leonard Cohen, it has always touched me with its beautiful melody and ancient Biblical refrain. It also echoes our lesson today from Second Samuel about David and Bathsheba and introduces timely and relevant moral questions that confront each of us […]

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06/17/18 - The Confidence to Be Good

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 2 Corinthians 5:6-10   My kids don’t go to church.  They are professionally successful, well-adjusted adults with good marriages. Anna and her husband are stellar parents of two young sons, and Emily and her wife parent a three-year-old Golden Lab with more attention than I gave my first-born child. The dog has its own room. They are caring friends and have strong moral and political convictions. They […]

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