Bread and Roses

In the name of God who gives us bread and also gives us roses. Amen. What things will you remember about the last 12 months? The isolation? Eating Christmas dinner with your family via Zoom? The constant fear of getting sick? Masks and hand sanitizer? School via computer? Scientists tell us that memories are basically […]

Breath, Mothers, and a Psalm

Breath, Mothers, and a Psalm Some of the images from the last ten days won’t go away: the faces of the attorneys at the trial; the video played again and again, never any easier to watch; Derek Chauvin’s face as the verdict was announced; the brief joy following as the reality of the work ahead […]

Overture

Mark 11:1-11 and Mark 15:1-47 Years ago, I remember sitting in the pew with my mother on Good Friday and closing my eyes and trying very hard to feel sad that Jesus had to die for my sins. But I couldn’t quite pull it off because I knew the joyful way the story would end! […]

Pentimento

Mark 1:9-15 On this first Sunday of Lent, you’ve noticed that the layout of the service is different than usual. Not only are we doing Morning Prayer as the main Sunday service, today we will pray the Great Litany, later in the service than usual. Changes in organization can be jarring or welcomed, but they […]

The See-Saw

Mark 1:14-20 Gracious God: help us today not only “to see the light but be the light” and to know “that our country is not broken, just not finished.”Amen. Many of us spent most of last Wednesday in tears. I know I did, shedding tears I didn’t even know I had. After the last wrenching […]

A Cosmic Christmas Story

John 1:1- 18 In the name of God, eternally reborn. Amen. The presents have been opened, Santa and the reindeer are back at the North Pole, the snow arrived on schedule, but almost nothing else has been usual about this Christmas with Covid. Some are risking their lives to see those they love, one in […]

The Promise

Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:32-46 The year 2020 cannot end soon enough for many of us. The murder of George Floyd, the stress and outrages of the presidential debates, the election and its aftermath, fires, floods and hurricanes ravaging entire states, and a yet-uncontrolled worldwide pandemic. Well, 2020 may not be ending yet, but the official church […]

Never In My Wildest Dreams

Exodus 32:1-14.   Philippians 4:1-9     Never in my wildest dreams did I think my country would be in the shape that it is right now. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would witness the current levels of incivility, lying and rudeness in politics and public conversation. Never in my wildest dreams […]

LOVE, RECYCLED

A Sermon by The Rev. Barbara Mraz August 23, 2020 St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church Exodus 1:8 – 2:10, Matthew 6:13-20 Let us pray: “Everything we really love undergoes a change. So, suffering must become love. That is the mystery.” Amen. He is known as a fool by those around him but they acquiesce […]

Baking Bread during COVID

A Sermon by The Rev. Barbara Mraz St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church St. Paul, Minnesota  Matthew 33:31-33, 44-52 Once upon a time, there was a children’s book called Happiness Is a Warm Puppy by Charles Schultz.  Schultz defined abstractions by giving concrete examples. So “sadness” is losing your favorite sweater. “Guilt” is knowing you […]