Sermon Archive : Rev. Craig Lemming

10/18/20 - Liberate Yourself from the Trap of Forgetting Who and Whose You Are

Proper 24 / Year A In the name of Jesus Christ, who liberates us from slavery. Amen. Sometimes we forget who we are and whose we are. We get so wrapped up in the external performances of our resumé, our job title, political affiliation, religious label, and the persona we display in our visible lives, that we forget the astonishing beauty hidden within our interiority, where we discover who we […]

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09/13/20 - Ahab or Christ: Grudges + Debt or Forgiveness + Freedom? Your Choice.

Proper 19, Year A In the name of God who forgives and liberates us in Christ. Amen. Student Loan Debt has now reached a record high of $1.56 trillion dollars. If that sum of money seems unimaginable, the same may be said of the debt that the unforgiving slave owes the king in this morning’s parable. He owes ten thousand talents to the king and, as biblical scholars tell us, […]

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08/09/20 - Surrendering Faithfully: Trusting the Wisdom of Holy Dreamers

A Sermon for Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, St. Paul, MN by the Rev’d Craig Lemming, Associate Rector Sunday, August 9, 2020 – Proper 14, Year A In the name of Jesus Christ in whom we take heart, trust, and live. Amen. For those of you who read St. John’s blog, Epistles and Epiphanies you may remember one of my posts in March that featured the video I’m about […]

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07/12/20 - A Fallow Time for the Spirit: Water, Light and Shade Your Spiritual Garden

Sermon by the Rev’d Craig Lemming For St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, St. Paul, MN Sunday, July 12, 2020 – Proper 10, Year A In the Name of the One, Holy, and Living God of Sabbath Rest. Amen. I would like us to meditate on a passage from Deep is the Hunger – Howard Thurman’s collection of “Meditations for Apostles of Sensitiveness” from 1948. You may want to read […]

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06/07/20 - Seeing Like God: Seeing Jesus and Worshipping Him in the Marginalized

A Sermon for St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Saint Paul, MN By the Rev’d Craig Lemming, Associate Rector Sunday, June 7, 2020 – Trinity Sunday In the Name of the Creator, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Today’s Lesson from Genesis reminds us seven times that God sees what God created and pronounces it good. Light, earth, and water are seen and are good. Plants, trees, fruits, and […]

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