Persevere Through Hate…to Love

Persevere Through Hate…to Love A Holy Wednesday Sermon Jamie Bents April 17, 2018   May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. You can definitely count me as one who cringes when recalling her youth. I wasn’t at […]

Of Kings and Servants: A Political Meditation

Of Kings and Servants: A Political Meditation Tuesday in Holy Week The Rev. Neil Elliott “Give the king your justice, O God.” That’s Psalm 72, one of the “royal Psalms,” about the king as the sole mediator of God’s grace to his people. We Episcopalians tend to be pretty cozy with royalty: Our prayerbook was […]

Accept My Living Sacrifice

Accept My Living Sacrifice   A Sermon for Holy Monday by Jayan Nair   “Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”   In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.   When I […]

“Deep Listening” by the Rev. Julie Luna

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22—Psalm 124—James 5:13-20—Mark 9:38-50 Our help is in the Name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 24:8)   Good morning! This past week I’ve been reflecting on the practice of listening deeply.  I was with my daughter yesterday at the Minnesota Youth Symphony and was struck by the […]

There is Hope

How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts! My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. (Psalm 84:1) We are quickly approaching fall—a time of change. So many things are happening at once… children go back to school […]

“Beloved Community: Hidden in Plain Sight” by the Rev. Susan Moss

Good Morning St. John’s!   Our summer sermons series of renewal ended last Sunday at the service and picnic with Church of the Holy Apostles. Vivian Ihekoronye, an organizer with ISAIAH spoke of the blessings and challenges of growing up in St. Paul, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants and urged us, a people of faith […]

Parish Picnic Sermon by Vivian Ihekoronye

Good morning! It is great to be with you all today for this church picnic between these two faith communities and to celebrate the many baptisms happening today. We also celebrate the Transfiguration of Christ, which gives a glimpse of Christ’s glorious manifestation as the ultimate bridge between heaven and earth and between God and […]

“I Am the Bread of Life” by the Rev. Julie Luna

In this Sabbatical season of rest and renewal, it is difficult for me to find any peace in the OT reading today.  And the way David is acting during these last few weeks of readings, I surely don’t want him as my companion in transformation! These past few weeks, our OT readings have exposed us […]

Homily preached at the funeral of Cooper Olson, by Jean Hansen

Holy spirit, use these words and speak to each of us according to our need. Amen. I am both honored and humbled to be asked by the Olson family to share with you today. I’ve been at St. John’s almost 13 years, and the Olson family was one of the first families to welcome me. […]

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