The Word in the Words

Author Annie Dillard in perhaps her most famous essay tells the story of a man named Larry living on one of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington. According to Dillard, Larry was attempting to teach a stone to talk. Larry’s futile efforts, she suggests, are the result of the silences we moderns live with. There was a time when the world was full of voices. Gods and goddesses spoke from sacred caves and through shamans and prophets, prophetesses and crones.

Garrison and Stewart: Resistance and Renewal

A Sermon by Jay Phelan, Intern for Holy Orders on December 3, 2021 for St. John’s the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Saint Paul, MN. By the 1830s the fledgling American republic was a growing economic, political and military power. It had survived a war with Great Britain, experienced a spiritual awakening now called “The Second Great […]

Light and Heavy

Light and Heavy, a Sermon by Jay Phelan A Sermon by Jay Phelan, Intern for Holy Orders on October 31st, 2021 for St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Saint Paul, MN. According to the rabbis there are 613 commandments in Torah. Now that is quite a bit to remember and raises a number of questions. […]

A Sermon by Bob Linehan

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Amen. “Pray for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel.” Paul’s words are an elegant expression of my reaction when I was asked to preach this morning. […]

“Wisdom”: A Sermon by Keith Davis

Creator God, From my mouth, your words; in our hearts, your love and compassion; with our lives, your will for us this day and always. Amen Good Morning! Here’s a poem by Langston Hughes entitled MOTHER TO SON. Well, son, I’ll tell you:Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.It’s had tacks in it,And splinters,And […]

A Sermon by Colleen Swope

John:  I am the bread of life.  Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness and they died.  This is the bread that come down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  Whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I […]

A Sermon by the Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert

In the opening verses of our passage from Ephesians this morning the author is probably utilizing an early baptismal credo; very simple but sufficient to emphasize what Christians share in the common heritage of their faith; one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism. When I was serving our Cathedral in Buffalo, NY I had three close […]

“I Am With You”: A Sermon by Holly Stoerker

It was November 2019, months before we had even heard of COVID 19 or what we now know only so well as the isolation and wilderness of the pandemic shutdown.    At the time, schools were open, kids were in classrooms without masks, and most of us had no idea what distance learning was all about.  […]

A Sermon by Mary E. Johnson

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Make within me a right spirit.”Isaiah 51:10 I was sitting in the front seat of the hearse. The funeral director was driving. We had just completed the memorial service and were headed to the cemetery to inter our tiny cargo on top of a great-grandparent. We were […]

“Finding Joy In Difficult Days”: A Sermon by Gregory Torrence

I confess that I am not altogether sure I’m supposed to be up here preaching. I told Jered I get uncomfortable talking about Jesus and myself in the same sentence. Truth be told, I have seen myself as an unlikely member from the start. In February 2016, I sent our rector an email introducing myself […]